About

JEAN-PIERRE CAISSIE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jean-Pierre Caissie has been a cultural worker and artist in Moncton, Ottawa, and Montreal. He has worked in theatre and film festivals, has managed a music band, has been a photographer, editor, DJ, director of a filmmakers’ association, and artistic coordinator of an artist-run center. Over the years, he has been involved on the boards of arts organizations and has served on the editorial boards of literary journals. At the time of his appointment as Executive Director of artsnb, Jean-Pierre was Assistant Director of the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB). You can contact him at direct@artsnb.ca .

CHERYL LAVIGNE, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Cheryl Lavigne is of French descent, born and raised in Bathurst, and settled in Fredericton when she began her teaching career in 2011. Before joining artsnb as part-time Administrative Assistant, Cheryl served as French language teacher and Arts educator through the public school system and private instruction. Cheryl studied Fine Arts at Algoma University in Ontario, Education at UNB, and is a graduate from NBCCD’s Advanced Studio Practice Diploma program. You can reach Cheryl at 506.444.4444 and cheryl@artsnb.ca.

TILLY JACKSON, PROGRAM OFFICER

Tilly Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Literature and minors in both Chemistry and Drama from the University of New Brunswick. She is an arts administrator, a writer, a self-professed bibliophile, and a theatre artist. By day, she’s Program Officer at artsnb, but by night, she’s pretty much always in rehearsal. Tilly has worked with many local theatre companies over the last nine years, as an actor, improviser, director, and playwright. You can contact her at (506 )292-4696, or by email tjackson@artsnb.ca.

REBECCA SALAZAR, PROGRAM OFFICER

Rebecca Salazar (she/they) is a queer second-generation immigrant currently living as a guest on the territory of the Wolastoq people. She holds a BA in English Literature from Laurentian University as well as an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. The author of sulphurtongue (McClelland & Stewart), the knife you need to justify the wound (Rahila’s Ghost) and Guzzle (Anstruther), Rebecca has also published poetry and non-fiction in periodicals across Turtle Island. In their spare time, they co-host the Elm & Ampersand poetry podcast and tend to a growing ecosystem of houseplants. You can reach Rebecca at (506) 440-0037, or by email at prog@artsnb.ca.

CORRINA MERASTY, INDIGENOUS OUTREACH OFFICER

Corrina Merasty – Wapisiw (White Swan) is a proud Cree, Dene, Mi’kmaw and Metis First Nation woman belonging to the Mathias Colomb Cree First Nation, from Leaf Rapids, Manitoba. Corrina was 11 years old when she moved to New Brunswick in 1989. Her passion is to explore various media, such as graphic design & illustration, sculpture, photography, painting, beadwork, and traditional Indigenous art forms. In 1998, she received her diploma in Multimedia Communications from BKM Research and Development; she also holds a diploma in ICT/Mobile Application Development from CCNB in 2014. Before joining artsnb, she worked as a Digital Literacy Workshop Facilitator & Instructor for the Joint Economic Development Initiative. You can contact Corrina at (506) 238-4071, or by email corrina@artsnb.ca.

AUDRÉE HAMELIN-ST-AMOUR, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Originally from Montréal, Audrée has called Fredericton her home since she moved to NB in 2009. Before joining the team at artsnbshe worked as a communications officer for NB Sports Hall of Fame and as jewellery and visual arts instructor. She has taught for the District Scolaire Francophone Sud, the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and the Beaverbrook Art GalleryAudrée is a professional jeweller and metalsmith whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts with Honours from the University of New Brunswick, and a Diploma in Fine Craft with Honours from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. You can contact her at (506) 259-9776 or by email comm@artsnb.ca .