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Staff

Tabitha Verbuyst (She/Her)

Tabitha Verbuyst (She/Her)

Executive Director & Curator - tverbuyst@stationarts.ca

Autumn Simeays (She/Her)

Autumn Simeays (She/Her)

Office Administrator - asimeays@stationarts.ca

Cailey Coderre (She/Her)

Cailey Coderre (She/Her)

Social Media Lead - ccoderre@stationarts.ca

Board of Directors

Sarah Senior (She/Her)

Sarah Senior (She/Her)

Chair

Joe McGuire (He/Him)

Joe McGuire (He/Him)

Human Resources

Allison Biggar (She/Her)

Allison Biggar (She/Her)

Treasurer

Heather Cnockaert (She/Her)

Heather Cnockaert (She/Her)

Secretary

Erin Getty (She/Her)

Erin Getty (She/Her)

Director

Chris Agro (He/Him)

Chris Agro (He/Him)

Director

Gale Connor (She/Her)

Gale Connor (She/Her)

Director

Laura Boucher (She/Her)

Laura Boucher (She/Her)

Director

Mark Renaud (He/Him)

Mark Renaud (He/Him)

Director

Stella Jurgen (She/Her)

Stella Jurgen (She/Her)

Director

Sarah Senior - Chair

Sarah Senior serves as the Chair on the Station Arts Centre Board of Directors. She is a storyteller, having worked across various mediums including film, TV, animation, documentary, and podcasting. With a successful production company spanning two decades, Sarah has garnered numerous national and international awards for her creative endeavours. As an immigrant and proud Canadian, she transitioned from Toronto to Tillsonburg, initially joining the Station as a member before assuming leadership roles on the Board.

 

Beyond her contributions to the arts, Sarah co-founded GoodPud, a Tillsonburg-based dessert company known for its decadent single-serving treats available at their store and retailers province-wide.


Sarah believes that any strong community needs access to a vibrant, inclusive and diverse arts scene promoting innovation, creativity and empathy. A place where young and old can experience and celebrate the arts in any form.

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Joe McGuire - Human Resources   

Joe McGuire serves as the human resources representative on the board of directors. Professionally he is employed at Dynamic Fluid. He is also trained as a professional photographer.

Allison Biggar - Treasurer

Allison Biggar serves on the board of directors in the role of treasurer, where she diligently oversees the Station's bookkeeping and reporting to the board, as well as liaising as the auditor. Professionally she works as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA). Outside of her professional commitments, she enjoys immersing herself in literature, exploring the great outdoors, and continually expanding her knowledge through learning new things.

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Heather Cnockaert - Secretary

Heather Cnockaert, serves as the secretary on the Board of Directors. She is a dedicated member of our community, born in Tillsonburg and later moving to Northern Ontario, Heather's journey led her to a remarkable 20-year career in the Canadian Forces as a Military Policewoman. After her service, Heather returned to Tillsonburg with her family and immersed herself in various community endeavours. As an accomplished potter, Heather became involved in the Station Arts Centre, where she has volunteered for over 17 years, holding roles such as director, secretary, and chair of the Board of Directors. Her contributions extend beyond the arts, as she and her family have been integral to the success of the Down Home Country Christmas event. With 22 years of pottery experience, Heather is a sought-after instructor in the clay pilot program and Station workshops. Additionally, she actively participates in local task forces, representing the Station Arts Centre, and remains involved with The Legion as a respected veteran. Heather's commitment to literacy is evident through her role as a reading buddy at the Tillsonburg Public Library. Alongside her community involvement, Heather has been employed as a manager at Tillsonburg Sobeys for 17 years. There is not a function held at the Station Arts Centre that you will not find Heather at.

Erin Getty - Director

Erin Getty proudly serves as a board member at the Station Arts Center. A dedicated Tillsonburg resident, Erin and her family have long been engaged with The Station, reflecting her deep appreciation for its multifaceted role in the community. Erin states that The Station is not just an art gallery; she explains it's a vibrant hub for learning, a welcoming space for children, a unique shopping destination, a cornerstone of community partnerships, and haven for all. Her passion for supporting local is not exclusive to The Station. She can often be found volunteering at a variety of in town events. Her motto is “be the community you want.” A motto she has instilled in her family as well.  She sees the centre as vital to Tillsonburg, embodying principles of accessibility, inclusivity, and support. She warmly encourages interactions with her whenever encountered, emphasising her belief that art nurtures the soul.

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Chris AGro - Director

Chris Agro is a dedicated member on the board of directors. He is known for his willingness to always lend a helping hand with enthusiasm. In professional career he works at Ripco. Additionally Chris actively contributes to the Turtlefest committee.

Gale Connor - Director

Gale Connor, is a  dedicated volunteer and Director on the Board at the Station Arts Centre. She has been involved with The Station since approximately 1989. With a remarkable tenure of 14 years on the Board, Gale has held diverse positions including Past President and Past Secretary. After a brief hiatus, she has recently returned to the Board, bringing her wealth of experience and passion. Gale's involvement extends beyond the board; she actively participates in various committees such as The Annual Dinner & Auction and Help Portrait. Additionally, she leads the Stationhouse Quilters & Fibre Artists in-house group, showcasing her dedication to both the arts and community engagement. With countless hours devoted to volunteering each year, Gale's commitment to the Station Arts Centre and her love for quilting shine brightly as her passions drive her forward.

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Laura Boucher - Director

Laura Boucher joins our Board of Directors as a fresh addition. With a rich background in risk and insurance, Laura is passionate about ongoing education and fostering an inclusive community. Although new to the board Laura has resided in Tillsonburg for nearly three decades, she is excited to contribute to initiatives aimed at enhancing the Station's leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Mark Renaud - Director

Mark Renaud is an active member of the community, serving on the board of directors at The Station Arts Centre and contributing to various town committees, including the Turtlefest committee. Professionally, he holds the position of Executive Director at the BIA.

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Stella Jurgen - Director

Stella Jurgen is a contemporary Canadian artist born in Argentina. She is an entrepreneur, fine artist, illustrator, muralist, graphic designer, TV producer/host, singer and fashion designer. She studied Fine Arts in Lisbon, Portugal and specialized in Graphic Design in Toronto, ON, Canada. Stella and her husband founded 17 Designs in 1998, a full-service graphic design and websites development company, now in Tillsonburg. Stella produced five solo exhibitions, abundant collaborations and live-painting performances. She illustrated the book “What Do You See” by Rita Giorgio and painted the children’s mural at the Oxford County Library, Tillsonburg Branch in 2023.

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