Mike Douglas, Executive Director
Mike has enjoyed bringing the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) into sharp focus as a valuable arts service agency, providing and initiating new opportunities for creative expression, employment and recognition. Aligned with this, MAC supports the professional development of artists, providing educational webinars, online coaching and seminars that grow ‘artpreneurial’ capacity and enhanced digital communications skills.
Turning the Mississauga Arts Awards into a gala dinner celebration has made The MARTYS the most comprehensive city arts awards program in Canada. The artists’ showcase that is MAC’s Masquerade Ball has evolved into a successful fundraiser, helping MAC to operate its new micro-granting programs that in 2020 saw 28 grants awarded to over 50 artists.
Previously, Mike was founding Editor and Co-Publisher of the popular city magazine MississaugaLife – Spirit of the City. For 30 years he was a freelance television director for network documentaries and dramas, this TV work included significant communications assignments for leading companies in corporate Canada.
Mike’s many years of community volunteering earned him the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012.
Jacqueline Mak, Creative Strategist/Creative Director
Jacqueline Mak has 4 years of Art Direction experience Her work at BBDO Asia and Oglivy One Hong Kong saw her working with brands such as Visa, Metlife, P&G, Mercedes, Purina, and Bayer. Returning to Canada to pursue a career as a visual artist, she has created works for Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Mississauga 42th Juried Show, City of Mississauga, Living Arts Centre and has been featured on CBC Arts, VICE, and The O.G.
She holds a postgraduate degree in Sculpture and Installation from OCAD and has taught Visual Arts at VAM for 4 years. As a visual artist, her work challenges society’s views on critical issues that affect our daily lives in which we seldom pay attention to.
Susan Durnin, Administration Lead
Susan Durnin has 10 years of arts administration experience in office operations and management, grant writing, concert and tour logistics, and event production. Susan has served in administrative roles for Andrew Kwan Artists Management, the Association for Opera in Canada, and the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.
Susan recently completed a Certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management from Ryerson University, which adds to her educational foundation, a Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba.
During her free time, she is involved with DFM, a quirky electric bassoon cover band, and performs in community and professional orchestras. Susan brings a unique perspective to her administrative work in the arts sector, and looks forward to building relationships within the Mississauga community.
Sherri Murray, Communications Producer
Sherri Murray has over 4 years of experience working in a variety of Multimedia and Communications roles. Previously, she worked for Redbrick Communications in Port Credit, Mississauga as a Multimedia Specialist where she worked on a variety of digital content for local governments and clients such as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Her education background is from McMaster University, where she holds a BA in Communication Studies and Multimedia with a minor in Theatre and Film. During her spare time there, she worked within Hamilton’s art scene and helped create the first Multimedia Grad Show titled POLY. Sherri is excited to combine her passion for advocating for local artists and skills as a digital content creator to help lift Mississauga’s talented arts community.
Sabrina Cunha, Multimedia Designer
Mississauga graphic designer, artist, and creative, Sabrina Cunha has worked with CLAP Studio as a Creative and Social Media Intern, as well as with Theatre Erindale as their 2018/2019 season Graphic Designer. She studied graphic design, art history, and studio art at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College, Sabrina holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts as well as and an Advanced Diploma in Art & Art History. She is also a Provisional RGD under the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. Sabrina is excited to combine her passion for art, culture, and design with the Mississauga Arts Council’s vibrant community.