Board Members

Lynn Fisher
Board Chair
Former executive director of Couchiching Jubilee House, Lynn is busy tying to write the great Canadian novel and/or creating quilts. Lynn was previously (2007-2008) the Executive Director of the Orillia & District Arts Council. A very diverse background in Indigenous issues, agricultural and rural living, women’s groups, community groups, curriculum writing, program development and art enable Lynn to share skills she has attained in creating and managing events, grant writing, marketing, management of volunteers and much more. Lynn is actively involved with the Mariposa Folk Foundation and coordinates the Interactive Stages (1 & 2); is Secretary of the Oro Agricultural Society (Oro World’s Fair) and Vice-President of the Women’s Institute.
Christine Hager
Originally from Sudbury, Hager moved to central Ontario in 2002. Her corporate career has included positions with the Canada Revenue Agency as a Taxpayer Services quality reviewer, Inside Sales Representative in the mining industry and Pharmacy Technician. In Orillia, she was drawn into volunteering with Couchiching Jubilee House (Board President), St. James’ Anglican church (Churchwarden, Communications Committee Chair), Information Orillia, and ODAC. She retired as Executive Director of The Sharing Place Food Bank in 2012. Christine hopes her love of art and 35 years of extensive experience will benefit ODAC.
Molly Farquharson
My grandmothers and my mother made pieces from yarn, embroidery thread, and fabric, among other things. They generally followed patterns, as I did, but a few years ago I began making my own designs. Having lived in the U.S., Japan, and Turkey I have been influenced by the textile arts of those countries. My work incorporates colour and texture that invites touch. It is often based on things around me or small found pieces. My career as an English teacher involved words; therefore, my stitcheries often have an underlying pun or twist on words. I like to use upcycled thread, yarn, fabric and buttons. These are equivalent to my paints. I also like to use things up, so I often make wearable and usable art. In the past few years I have had my work exhibited at OMAH's Women's Show, Life & Limb, Art & Home Gallery, Tango Artspace, Suite 204, Lee Contemporary, and the Coach House Gallery. I currently run Hibernation Arts Gallery & Shop in the Orillia Arts District.
Mary Jo Pollak
MJ began her post-secondary studies at Ontario College of Art (Now OCADU). While doing General Studies in fine art there, she became interested in theatrical design and enrolled in the Theatre Crafts and Design program at the Banff School of Fine Arts. This led to an internship in the Design Department at the Juilliard School in New York, after which MJ returned to Banff as Faculty in the Theatre Department. Next stop after that was a position as resident Costume Designer at Le Cercle Moliere theatre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Four years later MJ decided to return to Ontario where she was a free-lance set and costume designer for many years until she started a family. Looking for a more stable career at that point MJ studied interior design at the International Academy of Marketing and Design. After that MJ specialized in office management for design companies. Moving to Orillia has enabled Mary Jo to get back to pursuing fine arts, and she is currently focusing on tuning her skills in acrylic painting. MJ has been exhibiting at Hibernation Arts. MJ also dabbles in photography to some degree of success, and has published a novel, Summer Burns, with Insomniac Press.
Kathryn Kaiser
Kathryn attended University of Lethbridge for one year where she majored in Fine Arts.  She was awarded scholarships to The Alberta College of Art and The Banff School of Fine Arts. She attended Ryerson University in where she received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design. Kathryn worked with a number of prestigious design firms in Toronto and was awarded three ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) design awards. She continues to work in the Interior Design field, where her strengths are concept development, space planning and furniture and cabinet design. Kathryn is also a figurative painter. Using light and colour in an impressionistic manner she paints pieces that are sensitive, intuitive and thought provoking. Her prime focus is expressing story.
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Jacqueline Soczka
Member at Large
Jacqueline is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Masters of Arts Program and has been employed with the City of Orillia since 2013. As the Manager of Culture, she is dedicated to working with the community to strengthen and advance the city’s cultural sector through projects like Artrepreneur, the Art in Public Places Committee, artsVest, the designation of Peter Street South as the “Arts District”, and summer cultural programming throughout the city's park system. Jacqueline is an active member of Creative Cities Network and oversees staff at the Orillia Opera House and Stephen Leacock Museum National Historic Site. Her focus on collaboration has driven her to organize events like Culture Days, Doors Open and the City's sesquicentennial commemorations in 2017. Her latest collaborative project was as Chair of the 2020 OWG Special Events Team, which involved the coordination of the Opening Ceremonies and Village Activations.
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