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Meet the Great Island Arts Co-op’s 2020–2021 Board of Directors!

Faith Wiley (Chair) makes comics and paintings. She graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University. In her spare time she enjoys tending plants, sharpening tools, reading sci-fi and fantasy, and making music.

Ned Zimmerman (Secretary-Treasurer) is a Senior Developer at OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre and aspiring carpenter. He graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in Theatre and Development, and has enjoyed melding his interests in web development and theatre in work with Zuppa Theatre Co. on their productions of The Archive of Missing Things and At This Hour. He is excited to be building upon his parents’ informal artist residency program by hosting Great Island Arts in his family home on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

Jaime Burnet makes music, writes fiction, and works as a labour and human rights lawyer. She lives in Halifax with her partner, baby, dog, and cat, and has been trying to learn to play the drums and speak Spanish.

Rajee Paña Jeji Shergill is an Indo-Filipina-Canadian artist born in Winnipeg and currently based in Cherry Hill, Nova Scotia. Through textiles, sound, and still and moving images, Rajee explores memory, familial inheritance and diasporic subjectivity.

William (Bill) Zimmerman and his life partner of 50 years (2017) arrived on Great Island (un-surrendered traditional Mi'kmaq territory) in July, 1973 to begin what became year-round living for nearly 15 years. They met doing university theatre and shared world views (social justice, peace, environment and the arts) so their "informal" Great Island residency program evolved naturally with artists soon arriving to explore a broad range of genres.

Bill graduated with simultaneous Bachelors and Masters degrees in systems and design (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1969) and a Masters in Political Science (University of Hawai'i, 1993). As resident manager (MIT's Kresge Auditorium main stage), Bill worked with such legends as the Living Theatre and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. For his contributions to the arts at MIT, he received the prestigious Stewart Prize (1967) and Compton Award (1968).

Teaching, engineering/design (energy conservation), politics and theatre dominated Bill’s professional life. Highlights include: attending the UN Conference on the Human Environment under an endowment (Stockholm, Sweden, 1972); consultant/acting research director (Institute of Man and Resources , PEI, 1975–84); “Best non-Equity set design” (Boston Critics Circle, Me and My Shadow, 1982); design of the Black Rose, internationally acclaimed theatre space to explore English Renaissance performance (Emory University, 1997–2000); as a volunteer, spearheading the creation of the Acadia Cinema Cooperative/designing the Acadia Cinema Building redevelopment (Wolfville, NS, 2002-2009) resulting in the Al Whittle Theatre (multipurpose 160-seat venue) and Studio-Z (multipurpose 42-seat venue, especially for emerging artists). Bill is a retired instructor at Acadia University (Technical Director of Theatre Studies, 1995–2007), and served two terms on Wolfville Town Council (2004–12).

The Great Island Arts Co-op’s 2016–2018 Board of Directors consisted of: