Board Members

Catherine Carpenko

Catherine Carpenko

Acting Chair and President

Catherine is a long time resident of Dufferin County, with a lifelong involvement in the arts as a performer, designer, creative initiator and community animator. Her entrepreneurial ventures have included real estate, construction, health care and educational development. She is very excited about the role the Dufferin Arts Council plays in the health of community through Arts and Culture.


Shirley Boxem

Executive Director

Shirley Boxem spent 7+ years with Headwaters Communities in Action and is currently the Chair of the Grants Committee for the Dufferin Community Foundation. She is very new to the arts scene and very much enjoying the arts community.

Marina Reed

Marina L. Reed


Marina L. Reed (honB.A., M.A., B.Ed.) grew up in Dufferin County and currently lives in Orangeville. She has lived and worked around the world as an educator, a journalist, writer, and artist. Marina is the author of eleven books, fiction and nonfiction as well as freelance articles and scripts for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She is currently writing her next work of fiction. She believes that art encourages the empowerment of individuals which is the first step toward healing ourselves and our communities.

Joan Hope

Joan Hope


Joan has lived in Dufferin County for over 40 years. She has always been involved in the arts participating in many studio tours. In 2002 she opened Dragonfly Arts on Broadway in Orangeville to offer opportunities to Canadian artists and artisans. Joan also creates her own jewellery pieces. She is thrilled to be part of DAC to further the arts for all!

Gordon Gallaugher

Gordon Gallaugher


Gord’s family has been involved with farming in Mulmur for many generations. Gord graduated in Agriculture from the University of Guelph. He is married to Sandra, and they have 2 sons, now married with families of their own, all still in Mulmur. He entered municipal politics in 1988, and over the next 18 years served on many boards and committees. Upon retirement in 2004, and building on experiences and knowledge he had gained through his exposure to non-profit sector, he then became engaged in various non-profit organizations, including Headwaters Communities in Action, Dufferin Community Foundation, and now Dufferin Arts council. A strong, vibrant community is made up of many parts that makes a community attractive to live, work, and play, and the arts must be an integral part. He looks forward to helping Dufferin Arts Council strengthen the arts community in Dufferin and area.

Michele Maycock rotated

Michele Maycock


Michelle enjoys working with DAC and promoting the arts. She enjoys all the art genres herself and feels that art improves our community.

Shelaugh Quilt

Shelagh Roberts


Shelagh Roberts has been a long standing member of DAC. She is the author of
The Quilts Of Dufferin County: Women’s Art And Women’s Stories. She is a proud supporter and advocate of the arts.