This series is designed to introduce you to our current, future, and even some past board members.
We have new members joining the board, and wanted you to have an opportunity to get to know them, as well as the folks who are currently serving.
Meet Stephanie Dupuis, one of our new board members and find out why she was inspired to join NextGen.
After working in the contemporary Canadian art scene for several years, I relocated from Montreal to Cape Breton/Unama’ki to pursue an opportunity as the Craft Business Development Coordinator at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design in September 2019. Cape Breton held a special place in my heart since travelling to the island for a family trip in 2014. I was so excited to witness the growth of the island and the international community first hand, and grateful for the chance to connect with local relatives.
What I have been most impressed by since my arrival is the sense of community, keen interest in entrepreneurship, and the thirst for new ideas to revitalize this beautiful island. It gave me a similar feeling to the first time I tried my hand at ceramics and was welcomed with open arms by the craft community!
I became keenly interested in rural and remote arts development while working with Inuit, First Nations and Canadian craft artists in the non-profit sector. My personal mission was to act as a connector between rural/remote artists and opportunities in the national art market - something that I now do for a living on behalf of Cape Breton craft artists. I became involved with the Lumiere Arts Festival Association board of directors following a rewarding stint of cultural volunteering in Northeastern Ontario, where I am originally from.
Having previously collaborated with the Cape Breton Partnership in various capacities, I was eager to see an opportunity to get involved with the NextGen team to give back (and get connected) to the community and to participate in proactive initiatives targeted at making Unama’ki a desirable place for people my own age. As a french native language speaker, I hope to connect with like-minded Cape Bretoners dedicated to meaningful representation and inclusion of the diverse cultural interests across the island.
I am grateful for the opportunity to collectively inspire the next generation to move beyond their comfort zone and be a part of a team that encourages and stimulates innovative ideas. Drawing on my experience in community development, arts management, youth work and business development, I hope to contribute to the NextGen leadership by facilitating connections and opportunities that traverse sectoral boundaries and increase our competitiveness on the global stage. My hope is to encourage and engage with the emergence of creative community based projects that reflect the local diversity of the island as we collectively progress towards a more inclusive, socially conscious and sustainable future.