Board Members

Craig Scott

is our Chair for 2016 to 2018. Craig Scott moved to Red Deer with his wife Taralyn and their son James in 1999 to start work with Parkland Industries. Since then, they added another son into the fold in 2000 – Logan. Craig now is working for Wrigley Canada, yes the gum company which carries 5, Excel and Juicy Fruit and the candy lines Skittles, Starburst and Lifesavers which makes his office a popular place for the boys to visit. In 2009, James showed a love for theatre and got involved with Tree House Youth Theatre.

Craig did act back in high school and thought that it would be fun to get involved in theatre once again and show an interest in what his son is doing. After much cajoling from his wife and his friend Trish, Craig auditioned and got the part of Jim O’Reilly in And Then the Lights went Out in 2009. Since then, Craig has been actively involved with Central Alberta Theatre and even sits on their board and has acted in several shows with the Innisfail Town Theatre. He sits on the Performing Arts Committee. Craig is also the President for Central Alberta Theatre.

Janice Shimek,

Vice Chair, is the Executive Director for Centrefest and a volunteer with many organizations, including ours. She was the Chair for our Arts & Craft (Beer) fundraiser this past January and did a great job. Her workplace is at Tourism Red Deer. She also works for Fiestivale. She is passionate about arts and culture and is happy to continue to work in this field.

Image: Janice Shimek at our Arts and Craft (Beer) fundraiser, January 2015

Delores Coghill,

Treasurer, was born and raised in Alberta, spending the last 27 years in Red Deer. She has started her own bookkeeping business 13 years ago after working as a controller, accounting manager and accounting technician for other businesses in Red Deer. Her involvement in arts and culture started last year when she became Manager of the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society. Having friends and family in the arts and being teased for only using her left side of her brain, she looks forward to using the right side of her brain in this new role. Excited to discover all the wonderful happenings with the Arts Council and the community, she hopes to help make a difference.

Diane Hermary

Secretary, is a 16 year veteran of Alberta, originally hailing from Southern Ontario. She has a strong interest in the Arts and was co-owner of housewarmings, a small business consigning to local artists downtown. Today, she is self-employed. Diane has been on the Executive Board of the Red Deer Arts Council for the six years, and is renewed board member who has taken the role of our Secretary again and we welcome her back for another six years!! She is a fabulous secretary and we are happy she is staying with us in the capacity.

Rob Ironside

Performing Arts Committee, is originally from Rocky Mountain House and grew up loving music, and dance. He started dancing more seriously with the Blue Norther Dancers in Edmonton in 1985, and performed and competed on that team in the US, and all over Alberta. He started teaching dance in 1988. He graduated from University of Alberta with a degree in Physics and Mathematics. In 1989, Rob moved to Red Deer and was one of the founding members of the Country Pride Dance Club. As President of the Club in its early days, Rob helped build the club to over 300 members. Rob became President of the Country Pride Dance Club again in 2010. ” I am excited about sharing the passion of dance with a new generation of dancers. My ultimate goal is to have the community understand the importance of the arts and dance.”

Scott Barnabé

was born in Winnipeg, raised in Saskatchewan, and has lived in Red Deer since 1985. Scott was the Chair of the RD Arts Council Board for the past six years and is now serving as our Past Chair.

As a very amateur musician Scott plays the guitar, upright bass and violin. In an effort to keep people’s expectations in check Scott no longer says that he has “played” guitar since he was 12, only that he has “owned” a guitar since that age.

Scott was on the executive of the Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Society. He was on the executive of Cultural Charter Partners at the time of the merger that created the Red Deer Arts Council. Scott hopes that the streamlining and efficiencies of merging the three arts and culture umbrella organizations will lead to better communication between the arts and culture groups and individual artists; will provide a strong advocacy voice on behalf of the arts community; promote community awareness of the importance of arts and culture; and increase attendance at arts and culture events.

Claude Godin

A dynamic and versatile musician, Claude Godin creates mood and memories with music. Born in Montreal and raised in the village of Robertsville in New Brunswick, Claude eventually relocated to the growing suburban city of Red Deer. Claude was immersed in music from early childhood. Focused and driven to perfect his art, Claude became well versed in alto, tenor and soprano saxophones as well as the clarinet. He is also well versed in many other complementary instruments, including piano, guitar, bass and the drums.

Currently, he leads a groove and funk band under his own name, Claude Godin Groove Ensemble. He also performs with Edmonton blues/funk band The Whisper Kings. In 2011 & 2015, Claude won the prestigious Saxophone Player of the Year award from the Calgary International Blues Music Association.

Heidy Panameno

Film is in my blood, as is Red Deer, where I was raised. I was voice-trained for three years and classically trained in music theory and classical flute. My art history and English literature education, combined with a film degree and business certificate, have allowed me artistic opportunities not many newcomers to Canada have access to. I do believe that life is a stage and the performance I deliver reflects directly on my productivity. Having studied Drama, I chose to pursue Film Studies because it encompasses all artistic mediums.

I have come back to Red Deer to expand the film Industry with the aid of the arts. The Red Deer Arts Council has been a supportive organization for many artists over the years and supported community projects, which also help to build the strengths of the talented people here at home. My hope and shared vision is to retain our talented individuals by providing community involvement and suggestions creating placement within the arts with projects significant to their education and passions where their artistic talents are related.

Doug Vint

was born in Brandon, Manitoba, raised in all provinces west, spending most of his teen years in central BC. He worked in mining, forestry, ranching and owned his own consulting company in Quesnel, BC. He moved to Red Deer in 2000 from Prince George and decided to become involved with the community. He soon found himself chairman of the Normandeau Society, then Chairman of the Red Deer and District Museum Society and on the Board for the Sunnybrook Farm Society. He is a member of the Tetra Society in Red Deer.

Work got in the way of volunteering and he backed out of all involvement but found he wanted to learn more about the arts community in 2017 and joined the Red Deer Arts Council. He is still employed by WSP Canada (Engineering Consultants) and finds time to write, play a little guitar, paint and construct detailed scale models of miscellaneous equipment for display.

He hopes to be able to contribute to the work done by the Arts Council promoting community involvement in the arts and culture of Red Deer while he learns more about the many talented artists in the area.