The Gallery Staff
Allison Andrachuk Director and CEO
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Allison brings a wealth of experience as a senior leader, with over fourteen years of involvement in not-for-profit organizations as well as ten years in the cultural sector. She was formerly the Director of Tides Canada Initiatives where she was responsible for program strategy and operational oversight of a range of Indigenous, environmental and social programs across Canada. Prior to her tenure at Tides Canada, Allison was Manager of Operations and Public Programs at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver.
Beth Carter Curator
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Beth Carter is the Curator at the Bill Reid Gallery. Her extensive curatorial career has focused on community involvement and collaboration. From 2009-2015, she worked as Director|Curator at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, BC. Beth was previously Curator of Indigenous Studies with the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta from 1991-2009, where she worked on many exhibitions, including Honouring Tradition: Reframing Native Art and Nitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in England.
Aliya Boubard Assistant Curator
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Aliya is a member of Sagkeeng First Nation, located on Treaty 1 Territory in Manitoba. She is Anishinaabe and considers herself a multi-disciplinary artist, exploring photography, drawing, design, and more recently, traditional beading. She recently graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelor of Fine Arts, and is currently attending Simon Fraser University to pursue a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Indigenous Studies. Aliya completed a fellowship at the Manitoba Museum, and has worked and/or volunteered at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. In her time off, she enjoys reading, travelling and working on her own art projects.
Aliya is just starting out in her career, but is fascinated by museums, Fine Arts and Indigenous issues, and is excited to further her career as part of the Bill Reid Gallery team. She is looking forward to the future projects that she will take on.
Cheryl Kaka'solas Wadhams Visitor Services & Gallery Shop Manager & Buyer
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Cheryl is a member of the ʼNa̱mǥis Nation with connections to the Maʼa̱mtagila, and Mama̱liliḵa̱la Tribes of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw Nation and is herself an artist. She has many years of sales and merchandising experience in her own business, as well as working for Lattimer Gallery. She is a double alumni from Langara College and holds a Degree in Aboriginal Studies and a Diploma in Small Business, and her experience includes work with the BC Assembly of First Nations and Native Education College. Cheryl is also an active member of the local Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw Cultural Sharing Group and is participating in a Kwak'wala language program through the First Nations Endangered Language Program at UBC. She hopes to bring fresh, new ideas forward and support the work already accomplished for the Visitors Services and the Gallery Shop. Cheryl is honoured to have the chance to work at the Bill Reid Gallery. firstname.lastname@example.org
Toonasa Luggi Education Specialist
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Toonasa is Dakelh from her father’s side and Wetsuwet’en on her mother’s side, and is a member of the Frog clan through her mother. Her family home is in the community of Stellako, located in British Columbia’s northern interior. Toonasa moved to Vancouver in 2010 to attend post-secondary and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2014. Throughout the years, she has worked in indigenous communities with youth in various capacities, and is happy to bring both her professional and personal experiences to the education programs at the Bill Reid Gallery.
Elisabeth Kyle Development Manager
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Elisabeth brings decades of expertise and experience in not-for-profit administration and across all stages of the fundraising cycle. Her career highlights include securing major public and private funding awards and gifts and managing strategic partnerships for the Provincial Language Service, the VGH + UBC Hospital Foundation, Ballet BC and independent local artists and creators. A lifelong settler in Vancouver, she is privileged to apply her skills to help realize the goals of the Bill Reid Gallery and support contemporary Indigenous arts and culture. This work fuels her deep interest in contemporary art forms, the vital role of the arts in thriving communities, and her passion for using words to make things happen. She holds a Bachelor of General Studies (2009) and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (2015) from Simon Fraser University.
Wayne Louie Marketing Specialist
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Karen Francis Gallery Associate
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Karen is a mother of two boy’s and a member of the Gitxsan Nation, as well as Nisga’a, Tlingit, Tsimshian from a strong Matrilineal line of Chief’s from Gitanyow her great grandmother Elizabeth and Godfrey Good and Rena and Frank Benson. She has a BFA Fine Arts Degree majoring in oil painting from Emily Carr College in 1996, as well as a degree in Aboriginal Tourism from NEC 2015. She hopes to bring her understanding of her Northwest Coast Culture to Visitor Services to share and help others to have a better understanding of the art and culture of her people.
Serena Steel Gallery Associate
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Serena belongs to the Secwepemc Nation and is from the community of Barriere, BC. She moved to Vancouver in 2018 to attend Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is taking her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Critical and Cultural Practice and a minor in Social Practice and Critical Engagement. She is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in ceramics and Indigenous beadwork, her work can be found on Instagram @ohme7e. Serena is happy to be part of the community at the Bill Reid Gallery and hopes to bring her personal and professional perspective into the gallery.
Alecska Divisadero Operations Coordinator
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Alecska is a settler originally from France, where she obtained a degree in Business Administration, then pursued a career in photography and video. As a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary artist, her work has been exhibited, published & screened at various galleries, theatres, and artist-centers in Europe and Canada. Since immigrating to this land, she has also been active in the non-profit sector, primarily in arts organizations. She is honored to be able to put her skills and privileges in support of Indigenous arts and culture.
Olivia Cox Collection Technician
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Hi there! My name is Olivia Cox and I’m a fourth-year student at the University of British Columbia- majoring in art history with a minor in visual arts. I grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon but have been residing in British Columbia for almost five years now. I’m super excited to be working here at the gallery as the collections technician over the summer! As an Indigenous student with a love for the art world I can’t think of a better job opportunity.