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. She has worked as an actor, playwright, director, producer and Arts Educator for over 20 years in urban and rural theatre schools, community organizations and in educational settings. Erin continues to facilitate Professional Development workshops throughout Manitoba.

Erin is thrilled to be supporting the staff and Nursery-Grade 6 students at Wolseley School where she acts as Resource teacher and teaches Performing Arts-Drama, Dance and Music. She is passionate about using all of her experience within the arts to inspire creative citizens in our city and world.

Erin is proud to act as Chair for the AAEM board alongside such wonderful members.

Joe Halas

Joe Halas is an artist, musician and recently retired arts educator. Joe has served as Art Consultant for the Winnipeg School Division and Arts Education Consultant for Manitoba Education Citizenship and Youth where he worked on the development of Manitoba’s first-ever  arts curriculum in Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts. Joe is a long-standing board member the AAEM.

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), Associate Dean of Undergraduate and PBDE Program, and Acting 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. Her current research focuses upon the impacts of an after-school orchestra on children’s development, their families, and communities. She is also part of a pan-Canadian research team studying arts learning and youth engagement in the digital age. Dr Morin chairs the K-12 Arts Education Steering Committee for Manitoba Education and Training and is on the Advisory Board for the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning as part of her outreach portfolio.

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.  Sylvie also offers administrative services to other organizations and individuals.


Velvet Cadre []

Velvet Cadre is an Early Years Literacy and Numeracy Support Teacher and a Dance Educator in the Winnipeg School Division. Over the last 33 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 retired Visual Arts Educator from 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.

Anna-Laure Koop []

Anna-Laure is a bilingual actor, creator and educator. Born in Montréal, she grew up in Switzerland, and is now a proud resident of Winnipeg. She has performed in numerous productions at Théâtre Cercle Molière, including Les Allogènes, Plus (+) que toi and Le Père. Anna-Laure has also toured across Canada with One Trunk Theatre’s Mission Potluck and Theatre of the Beat’s A Bicycle Built for Two. Her involvement in the advancement of arts education has brought her to work for Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Freeze Frame and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Anna-Laure holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg as well as a Musical Theatre Diploma from Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Anna-Laure works for Théâtre Cercle Molière as the Theatre School Director and the Assistant to the Artistic Director.