Board of Directors

Board Meeting with Minister Jeanie Dendys and Executive Assistant Jessie Stephens

Peter Menzies (President)

Peter Menzies has served seven years on the Board as President. His main hobby is community based music with a focus on fiddle, square dancing and song writing. Peter represents DCAS on the YSOVA Governance Council. He is the Robert Service School Applied Skills instructor and is active in Music Yukon, CFYT FM and the North Klondyke Highway Music Society.  He recently released a new song entitied “My Truck is an Electric Truck” as part of the 2017 RPM Challenge proving that in, Dawson, anything is possible in the arts!

Gail Calder (Vice President)
Lured north of 60 from Vancouver for a three-week visit in 1987, Gail quickly became involved in the music and arts scene as a volunteer and board member of various cultural groups in Dawson. Now, almost 30 years later, she still enjoys that she can stay involved in so many arts and cultural events, all within walking radius of her home. Recently retired, but never bored, Gail spends time doing mosaics, collecting beads during her worldwide travels and catering. All with a flair to the artistic.  Downtime is spent camping under the midnight sun surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Pat Habiluk (Treasurer)
Pat Habiluk has lived and worked in the Yukon on engineering, architecture and restoration projects for more than 30 years, most recently in Dawson City.

Nicole Becker (Secretary)

Kerry Barber (Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Representative)
Kerry Barber has been Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in all of her life. She recently graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she received a BFA in Film, Video + Integrated Media. She won two awards for her grad film “Dear Hatetts,” the Saralee James Award, and The President’s Media Award for Best Live Action Film. She is currently serving a one-year internship in the Yukon Government as a Multimedia Producer for the Communications and Engagement Department. She developed a strong sense of community in Dawson City, where she was born and raised. She can’t tell you how many transient piano and cello teachers she has had, and knows how important a consistent piano and cello teacher is. She used art to express herself in her early years, when she was too shy to talk as child and teenager. Music and art were her outlets. She wishes that KIAC was present while she was growing up.

Charles Sheppard
Charles Atlas Sheppard is a freelance journalist writing primarily about the arts, First Nations, and social topics. He is worked for art galleries such as Soil Digital Media Suite, paved Arts and New Media. His work has been shown at The Mendel Art Gallery, A.K.A, and Urban Shaman. He is also a professionally trained chef and tournament Scrabble player.

Veronica Verkley
Veronica Verkley is a contemporary artist based ins Dawson City who’s practice spans regularly between installation, animation, film, & animatronics. Her work explores the experiences of animals within our contemporary landscape, that are themselves built from scavenged elements of that landscape. Veronica has a strong exhibition record including a range of public art commissions, solo and group exhibitions, guerilla installations, and screenings both nationally and internationally.Veronica is on the board of the Dawson City International Film Festival; past founding faculty at Yukon SOVA; past member of the KIAC gallery committee; a founding member of the Symbiosis Collective; recipient of a New Media research & production grant from the Canada Council; was nominated for a Dora in Costume Design; featured in a CBC Ideas program on Bioregionalism; and past chair of the Subtle Technologies Festival of Art & Technology

David Curtis

Chris Healey
Chris is an artist, filmmaker and communications consultant.

Priska Wettstein
Born July 11, 1970 in Switzerland.  Married, one son, born 1998. Education (Apprenticeship) as a Visual Merchandiser, working in that field for more than 20 years. Immigrated to Canada Sept. 2011 to own and run a hotel in Dawson City. February 2017 focusing on my artwork and therefore self employed