Board of Directors

Erin Hammond, B.A. Theatre/ Drama (Hons.), B. Ed. []

Erin has been a creative spirit since she first took to the stage as a fetus in Flin Flon. Erin has worked as an actor, playwright, director, producer and Arts Educator for over 15 years. She has taught theatre and drama to all ages and abilities at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Prairie Theatre Exchange, CMU and in collaboration with numerous community organizations and educational settings. She enjoys facilitating specialty classes that include all members of the community in the process of making dramatic art. Erin worked for many years as a Senior Artist with Learning Through The Arts, The Integrated Arts, ArtsSmarts and many other residencies. She continues to facilitate Professional Development workshops throughout Manitoba.

Erin is proud to act as Chair for the Alliance for Arts Education Manitoba board alongside such wonderful members. As a northern girl she co-created PushPlay Productions a company whose mandate is to promote and sustain the dramatic arts in rural communities. In the summer of 2009, Erin received a Canada Council for the Arts Award and studied Theatre for Living with David Diamond at Headlines Theatre in Vancouver and has led workshops on social issues with numerous organizations and theatres throughout Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Erin is thrilled to be supporting staff and students at Wolseley School in Winnipeg School Division as she wears two hats: Arts & Innovation support teacher and teaching Performing Arts to Nursery-Grade 6 students. She is passionate about using all of her experience within the arts to inspire creative citizens in our city and world.

Joe Halas

Joe Halas is a visual artist, musician and arts educator. Joe is the Art Consultant for the Winnipeg School Division and has served as the Arts Education Consultant for Manitoba Education Citizenship and Youth overseeing the development of Manitoba’s first-ever comprehensive arts frameworks in Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts. Joe has been a long-serving board member of the AAEM as well as the Manitoba Association for Art Education (MAAE).

Marie-Claude McDonald []

Marie-Claude McDonald is a Musician, Artist, and Educator with the Franco-Manitoban School Division.

Dr. Francine Morin []

Dr. Francine Morin is Professor (Music and Arts Education) and Head of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the University of Manitoba. She is active teaching, conducting research, publishing, presenting at conferences, and serving the professional community in a variety of ways. She recently completed a study of arts education in Manitoba schools funded by Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth. Some of her current work involves serving on the K-12 Arts Education Steering Committee for the province and continuing a research project designed to support teachers in their use of multiple languages in a variety of teaching and learning contexts.

Sylvie Cottee []

Sylvie Cottee has been working with the Alliance for Arts Education in Manitoba since 2004 as the Coordinator/Consultant. She has worked in various schools in the Pembina Trails School Division as a Library Technician, Administrative Secretary and Teacher’s Assistant.


Sarah Roche []

Sarah Roche is a professional contemporary dancer and dance educator. Sarah Roche is currently the music and dance teacher at Robertson School. In 2006 she completed her BA hon. in dance from the University of Winnipeg in association with the School of Contemporary Dancers. She has been performing, training and teaching dance since then. In May 2015, Sarah graduated with her B.Ed from Queen’s University.

Velvet Cadre []

Velvet Cadre is an early years/middle years and dance educator at Meadows West School in the Winnipeg School Division. Over the last 31 years she has taught integrated creative movement and dance work shops to children, parents and educators. Velvet has always used the arts to facilitate learning and personal growth in all her students. Velvet was also a member of the Arts Implementation team for the Province and for the Winnipeg School Division. She is proud to be part of the Alliance for Arts Education in Manitoba’s collective voice.

Danielle Jaworsky []

Danya Jaworsky is a retired teacher from Winnipeg School Division.

Paulette Fournier-Jones []

Paulette Fournier-Jones is a Visual Arts Educator who retired this past June after a distinguished teaching career with the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine.

Virginia Helmer []

Virginia Helmer is a Music Consultant for Pembina Trails School Division and an instrumental music educator at Linden Meadows School. Virginia serves on the AAEM board as a representative of the Manitoba Music Educators’ Association where she is also a board member and co-chair of the Advocacy Committee.

Paul Ong  []

Paul is a Special Education Resource Teacher by profession pursuing his Masters at the University of Manitoba. Aside from being an educator, Paul is also passionate about singing and performing. Paul has been the representative of Canada for the World Championship of Performing Arts in 2015 where he won in all categories he competed in. He was awarded as the Overall Champion of the World for Contemporary Music in his age division and a 2-year New York Film Academy Scholarship. In 2012, he was part of Canada’s Got Talent, where he was also selected as the Hometown Hero for Manitoba featured in a Tim Hortons commercial. Paul continues to share his passion for music through participating in various community events and through launching his album in 2016. He performs with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and has been hosting his annual solo concerts for a cause. This year, he plans to host the concert on November 4th in honor of Remembrance Day, where he will collaborate with the Royal Canadian Navy Jazz Band and the Military Family Resource Center.

Tala Gammom []

Kristi-Marie Guzda []