Trisha Pavkeje by Cultural Collective

Trisha grew up on a farm in Centralia, Ontario. She gained an interest in music at South Huron District High School where she learned to play the saxophone and became involved with the music community in South Huron. Trisha continued her education at The University of Western Ontario where she graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology and Spanish Language, and then at Niagara University in Toronto where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education. 

Trisha has been involved in various community groups in both London and the South Huron area, including the Odd Soul Collective. Her hobbies include playing guitar and saxophone, and knitting. 

Trisha has recently returned from teaching English in South Korea. 

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Scarlett Raczycki by Cultural Collective

Scarlett once went to the fair and learned how to do the best duck call in the world. She won't do it any more after "The Incident", but on quiet winter nights you can sometimes hear her calling out to her old duck friends.

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Leah Vingerhoeds by Cultural Collective

Leah went to school for radio broadcasting and has lots of experience creating, recording, producing, and programming pre-recorded and live shows. With over 3 years of radio experience at 106.9 The X, 105.5 The Moose, 107.7 2Day FM, and 98.1 Free Fm. Leah has honed her skills in promotions, sales, and announcing. Over the years she has developed talk shows, hosted live shows, sold station websites, and acted as the community cruiser helping to MC and organize public events. 

Now Leah works in a vet hospital as a receptionist where she is the face and the voice of the clinic. With lots of experience dealing with the public and building relationships with clients, she is quite excited to serve as Secretary on the 2017 Cultural Collective Executive team.

Leah will be coordinator for the 2017 Open Mic Nights and looks forward to see you there. She also loves to make art, help out on the farm, and sing and play guitar. Hit her up online to collaborate for an upcoming Open Mic Night. 

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Allie Neeb by Cultural Collective

Allie is a contract festival worker and event planner currently living outside of Exeter, Ontario. Starting piano lessons at the age of 4 instilled a lifelong love of music and desire to work with the minds behind it. After picking up the saxophone during high school (partly inspired by a deep-rooted admiration of Lisa Simpson), she went on to Queen's University to study music, eventually specializing in music history with a particular interest in the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

After her graduation from Queen's, Allie was accepted into the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College where she learned more about the mechanics behind the music business from industry leaders. Invaluable volunteer experiences within the program and involvement in the Fanshawe Student Union as the VP of Entertainment helped her hone in on an interest of event planning and volunteer management. These experiences now actively extend into her current work at large scale music festivals. She looks forward to collaborating with local cultural workers to bring their visions to life as the current PR/Media Chair on the Cultural Collective Executive.

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Adria Anderson by Cultural Collective

Adria is a visual artist currently living in Guelph, Ontario, where she moved after spending her high school years in Clinton, Ontario. Her paintings and drawings are mostly inspired by tattooing, but draw elements from many other styles of art. Under the alias of Awfully Earnest Art, she does special commissions, logos, album art, pop culture pieces, nerdy prints and other cool stuff. 

In her free time Adria likes playing Nintendo, taking frequent long weekend trips, and watching way too much Gilmore Girls.

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Aaron Neeb by Cultural Collective

Music teacher and project coordinator Aaron Neeb grew up near Crediton, Ontario on a dairy farm. After attending South Huron District High School, Aaron pursued his musical studies at the University of Western Ontario where he studied french horn.

In 2011, Aaron graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Music, Honors Music Education. He then attended the Althouse Faculty of Education where he studied Intermediate/Senior Music and History. In 2012, he graduated from the faculty of education and was the recipient of the Don Wright Faculty of Education Music Scholarship, an award given based on academic excellence in instrumental music pedagogy.

Aaron is currently employed as a supply teacher, beekeeper and freelance musician.

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Joe Pavkeje by Cultural Collective

Joe Pavkeje is an artist and producer currently residing in Exeter, Ontario. After high school, he moved to Montreal where he became enamoured with the city's rich cultural offering and diverse network of inhabitants from all across the world. In 2013, he enrolled in a 1-year program at the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology. There, he made invaluable friendships while strengthening his technological foundation and broadening his understanding of the more subtle characteristics of sound.

Joe enjoys collaborating with a range of different artists across a variety of different art forms. His hobbies include wood-working, riding his bicycle, and listening to the birds.

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Alec Moore by Cultural Collective

Alec Moore grew up in Grand Bend, Ontario but has spent time living in Victoria, North Bay, and both Londons. In 2012, Alec graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an B.A. Honours in History and then attended teacher's college at Nipissing University where he studied Intermediate/Senior History and Geography.

Alec has worked, among other things, as a teacher, archivist, and bicycle mechanic and is currently the Museum Assistant at the Lambton Heritage Museum. In his free time he enjoys photography and cycling.

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Stephen Holmes by Cultural Collective

Stephen T. Holmes is an actor, writer, and filmmaker from Exeter, Ontario. In 2012 he graduated from the Theatre Arts program at Fanshawe College and since then he's performed in numerous plays and short films and regularly produces short comedy sketches for YouTube.

He's also just begun hosting the Cultural Collective Couch Party, a podcast where he interviews local artists, musicians and cultural workers.

He thinks he's funny.

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Seth Weber by Cultural Collective

Seth Weber grew up in Elimville, Ontario in the country, just outside of Exeter.

After attending South Huron District High School, Seth attended The University of Windsor, where he took a program called Drama in Education and community. The program featured acting, singing, dancing puppet-making, and a variety of other theatre related mediums.

"Through that program I learned the value the arts possess and how community impacts our daily lives."

In 2013, Seth graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in dramatic education. In 2014 Seth attended the Windsor Faculty of Education where he specialized in primary, junior and intermediate as an elementary teacher. Seth also worked as a part of the amazing Original Kids Theatre Company, based out of London ON, as the Dramatic Arts Director during their summer sessions.

Seth said his time there was hard to explain because the arts have this way of grabbing hold of you and never wanting to let go. "Three of the best summers of my life."

Currently Seth is working as a supply teacher for the Avon Maitland District School Board.

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Sara McEwan by Cultural Collective

Sara McEwan is a local musician and passionate environmentalist. 

Currently studying Environment at Ottawa's Carleton University with a minor in Music History, Sara spends her free time being rad, writing songs, playing ringette, saving puppies, being rad, working hard, writing papers, maybe some homework, being rad again, playing sax, teaching pigs to fly, and occasionally picking up some trash. 

Catch Sara volunteering at the Cultural Collective's many events throughout the year and performing in the resident soul band, Odd Soul Collective. And being rad.

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Kelsey Regier by Cultural Collective

Kelsey Regier is currently working towards her Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Western Ontario. Kelsey has participated in both provincial and national level honour ensembles as a clarinetist and has had the opportunity to perform in Vancouver, Toronto, Niagara Falls, London and the South Huron area. In addition to studying clarinet at the university level, she enjoys playing saxophone and piano in her free time. 

Kelsey currently volunteers with schools in the London area, allowing her to gain experience conducting and mentoring youth in instrumental study. She often helps to rehearse large ensembles, hold sectionals, or help students in one-on-one instruction. At the university Kelsey is also a member of the Music Education Student Association and holds a position as Social Events and Recruitment Coordinator. Kelsey currently offers lessons in clarinet, saxophone and piano in both the London and South Huron areas.

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Katherine Napiwotzki by Cultural Collective

Katherine holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor degree in Voice Performance from the University of Western Ontario. She taught voice for two years at Tyndale University in Toronto and currently has a private studio in Exeter, where she is passionate about helping students of all ages find their own unique voice.

Katherine has experience teaching a variety of musical styles, including classical, music theatre, pop, jazz, and contemporary and enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities, from beginner to advanced. Her students have been accepted into music programs at post­-secondary institutions, performed in local musicals, competitions and choirs, prepared for RCM examinations, and studied for the pure joy of making music!

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Jillian Bjelan by Cultural Collective

Jillian Bjelan is currently studying Social Justice and Peace and Political Science at King’s University College (UWO). She is heavily involved in student opportunities such as her executive VP Communications position on the King’s Debate Society as well as membership in the Social Justice and Peace Club and the Jack.org Chapter. 

In high school, Jillian was involved in the drama program and drama council, student council, was a student senator, music council, played saxophone in jazz and concert band, and was a co-creator of the mental health advocacy collective at the end of her senior year.

In addition to her university life, she is the 2015-2017 Hensall Fair Ambassador, a 2016 Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers recipient, and involved in the Hensall South Huron community through different projects such as the renovations of the Hensall Heritage Hall. 

Jillian’s community involvement extends to Blyth, Ontario where she started acting in their Young Company at age thirteen. She has been involved at the Blyth Festival Theatre consecutively since then including the 2015 and 2016 seasons where she has worked as a Production Assistant and the Young Company Coordinator. She also has previously worked with the 14/19 initiative in Blyth to expand arts programming in Huron County. 

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Jillien Regier by Cultural Collective

Jillien Regier is a musician hailing from Zurich, Ontario. Jillien grew up admiring all things music from playing piano and singing to researching all of her favourite bands. She studied piano and music education at Queen's University where she earned a Bachelor of Music. She then gained her Bachelor of Education at Ottawa University. Jillien is now an instrumental, elementary school music teacher for the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board. 

Jillien's interests include playing music with her friends, swimming in Lake Huron, watching live music and all things Cultural Collective!

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Jess Pfaff by Cultural Collective

Jess grew up on a farm near Dashwood, taking lessons and playing music throughout her childhood.

She was motivated by the South Huron District High School music program to continue studying music and eventually education in post-secondary. Jess completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Honours Specialization in Education at Western University in 2015 and is currently working on a Bachelor of Education from Western.

Jess offers private flute lessons and performs in various musical groups around the community.

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