Our Staff

 

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Indeed, an organization such as ours requires the talents, passions, hard work and expertise of so many people that you could say the same of us. Say hello to our teachers and staff. Read our staff bios and learn more about them.

Patrick Charron

Patrick Charron

Managing Director

Patrick has spent the past 25 years developing and facilitating countless projects and experiences in the cultural and leisure milieus. As a producer, he has helped bring to life hundreds of theatre productions, concerts, variety shows and events. As an arts administrator, Patrick has worked with some of Montreal’s most iconic institutions including the historic Rialto Theatre, Imago Théâtre, the Quebec Drama Federation, Geordie Theatre and the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation. His time spent in the event and travel industry has enabled him to acquire the signature standards that define 5-start leisure services. He combines these expertise to offer patrons singular experiences in a wide variety of interests.

Kevin Bourne

Kevin Bourne

Music Teacher

Kevin Bourne is a Montreal based jazz guitarist and graduate of the Jazz Faculty Program at McGill University.

Most recently, Kevin has been performing onboard the NCL Norwegian Sun as the guitarist for the ship’s showband, playing with artists from all over the world.

The most recent musical theatre productions Kevin has played guitar in was Bonnie and Clyde by Contact Theatre and Hedwig and the Angry Inch by In the Wings Promotions. Kevin has been a freelance teacher for the past six years and has been working with the Dollard Centre for the Arts since September 2018.

Sherrie Marginean

Sherrie Marginean

Music Teacher

Sherrie Marginean is a singer, songwriter, voice, and piano teacher with over twenty-five years’ experience. Understanding the integral role that humour plays in the performance of her students, her philosophy is, “We laugh, we focus, we achieve!”

Sherrie started singing at the age of five. Her professional career began at eighteen, which included travelling across the country and abroad. While studying classical singing with Jocelyne Fleury-Coutu, one of two pop albums she co-wrote was released by an independent record label. Her voice has been featured in several radio commercials and on the recordings of other artists.

Megan Bradley

Megan Bradley

Office Staff

Megan Bradley wears a few hats in life and at the Dollard Centre for the Arts. She is currently the Summer Fine Arts Camp Director and organizes special events at the DCA like the annual Holiday Market but started as a Theatre teacher in 2006. She studied Professional Theatre and had the privilege of working in the Montreal Theatre community for six years before studying to become a Registered Massage Therapist and becoming a mother of two.

Jelani Corbie

Jelani Corbie

Music Teacher

Jelani Corbie started playing piano at the age of 7 and has been involved with music for over 30 years. In high school, he studied with the Royal Conservatory of Music, achieving a grade 7 diploma in piano and a music award. He holds a DEC in Popular Music and an ACE in Audio Recording Technology from Vanier College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Music from Concordia University. Jelani has been teaching at the Dollard Centre for the Arts since 2012. He is also a DJ and has just recently completed vocational studies in Business.

Caroline Di Nunzio

Caroline Di Nunzio

Children's Visual Arts Teacher
Born and raised in a town just outside of Montreal, Caroline Di Nunzio grew up with a big family who adored the arts. Caroline attended oil painting classes from a young age. This love followed her as she went on to study Creative Arts at Dawson College and then Art Education at Concordia University, where her two passions combined. When she is not teaching art or painting, Caroline works at the Lester B. Pearson School Board as a Special Education Technician. Caroline also sells her art, whether it’s painting commissions on canvas or murals at a local restaurant.
Stewart Fletcher

Stewart Fletcher

Adult Visual Arts Teachers

A renowned contemporary artist, Stewart Fletcher has a degree in Fine Arts from John Abbott College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University. Fletcher’s paintings, drawings, and works on paper have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions over the past forty years, and his artwork is part of several international public and private collections.  He is in the studio daily and has an art gallery open to the public.

Janette Haggar

Janette Haggar

Children's Visual Arts Teacher

Janette Haggar has been teaching at the Dollard Centre for the Arts since 1980. She has a DEC in Ceramics Technology from John Abbott, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts/Education, and a Masters in Art Education from Concordia University. She has taught art from preschool to university level and is now the director of the Children’s Art Programming at the Dollard Centre for the Arts.

Samantha ‘’Sam I Am Montolla’’

Samantha Hinds

Dance Teacher

SAM I AM MONTOLLA aka Princess Shayla is an artist in motion; her love of music led her to singing, songwriting and dancing. Started from the age of 3 in West Indian cultural dances, (Soca, Calypso, and Reggae), then with Jazz ballet but found her passion for Hip Hop dance. She was a member of Outer Limits Hip Hop crew and she is one of the first Waackers/Waacking teachers in Montreal as part of the well-known group The Chapter. She has won and judged various dance battles in Hip Hop, Waacking and All Styles.

Karen Ho

Karen Ho

Music Teacher

Karen Ho has an MA in Musicology from Université de Montréal and a Graduate Certificate in Music therapy from Concordia University. A teacher since 2003, she loves to share her experience of music with students of all ages and abilities. Never one to shy away from challenges, Karen is very resourceful and can adapt almost anything to a student’s interest. She can prepare her students to do Royal Conservatory exams. When she’s not teaching, she is most likely to be found travelling on epic cross-country road trips with her hairless and full of beans dog Juniper.

Jacinta Ionno

Jacinta Ionno

Adult Visual Arts Teachers
Born and raised in a town just outside of Montreal, Caroline Di Nunzio grew up with a big family who adored the arts. Caroline attended oil painting classes from a young age. This love followed her as she went on to study Creative Arts at Dawson College and then Art Education at Concordia University, where her two passions combined. When she is not teaching art or painting, Caroline works at the Lester B. Pearson School Board as a Special Education Technician. Caroline also sells her art, whether it’s painting commissions on canvas or murals at a local restaurant.
Renée Mizgala

Renée Mizgala

Children's Visual Arts Teacher

A member of the Lakeshore Artists’ Association, a founding member of the Dollard Artists’ Association and long-time member of the Dorval Artists’ Association, Renée teaches, painting and experiments with various papers and techniques not only to be more creative in her work, but to inspire her students to improve in theirs. Her classes allow students to explore and develop their creativity as well as master the finer points of watercolour techniques. “Each person is an individual, and their work must reflect their individuality. One must come to class with an open mind ready to take risks, have fun and enjoy the journey”.

Ana Ruiz

Ana Ruiz

Dance Teacher

Born in Spain, Ana Ruiz began studying belly dance two decades ago and attended many workshops throughout Eastern Canada with such international stars as Jalilah and Serena Ramzy. She continues to travel to her homeland yearly to participate in instructor’s workshops. Ruiz has been teaching since 2007 and is also the author of several books including, The Ancient Art of Belly Dance.

Linda Beck Sidel

Linda Beck Sidel

Adult Visual Arts Teachers

Linda Beck Sidel creates acrylic paintings based on photography of her travels and of objects/subjects that interest her. These photos provide her with a vast array of imagery from which she derives her inspiration. To create her paintings, Linda uses the image transfer process, a technique that allows her to marry two types of creative methods, which is made possible by advances in acrylic paint technology. She uses it as a form of visual elaboration, to create a relationship between her two passions, photography, and painting.

Geneviève Sideleau

Geneviève Sideleau

Adult Visual Arts Teachers

Genevieve Sideleau lives and works in Montreal, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University. She has exhibited in Montreal, Ottawa, Northwest Territories, Boston, South Korea, and Serbia with a multidisciplinary practice involving painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, and object-based work. Her practice communicates a vision of the human condition and focuses on society’s overlooked and discarded.

Konstantin Vleitchkov

Konstantin Vleitchkov

Children's Visual Arts Teacher

Konstantin Velitchkov has a Master’s Degree with Honours in Sculpture and Ceramics from the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Specialized in Monumental Sculpture in Berlin, Germany, Konstantin has exhibited in solo and group expositions in Europe and Canada. Konstantin has been an art instructor in Canada for over 25 years. He has been a teacher at FACE. High School in Montreal since 1997. He has taught adult classes in sculpture, drawing, painting, and ceramics at the Stewart Hall Cultural Center, the Saidye Bronfman, School of Fine Arts, and now the Dollard Centre for the Arts.

Kathryn Whitehead

Kathryn Whitehead

Office Staff

Kathryn Whitehead started at the Dollard Centre for the Arts as a camp staff member in 2015. She recently took on the role of Technical Coordinator, helping in the Galerie de la Ville and working the kilns. Outside of the office, Kathryn is an avid knitter, loves spending time in the country, drinking tea and doing puzzles with her cat. Guess how old she is?