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 Yukon School of Visual Arts 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 entitled “My Truck is an Electric Truck” as part of the 2017 RPM Challenge proving that in, Dawson, anything is possible in the arts!
David Curtis (vice President)
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.
Justine Hobbs (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.
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.
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.
Karen Thomas was born in Kenya, grew up in Montreal and Winnipeg, and moved to Dawson City in 1996 where she has now made her home. Karen took advantage of KIAC and SOVA to plunge headfirst into making art the central pivot in her life. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at NSCAD in 2018, and is happy to live and be a part of the vibrant Dawson City arts scene.