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Karine Lévesque-Noyes |Executive Director

Karine Lévesque-Noyes (she / her / elle) has been with the Prescott-Russell Arts Council since February of 2020 when she started as Interim Coordinator. Her first year with the organization was both challenging and rewarding, as the realities of the global pandemic set in and the community came together to weather the storm. While adapting to the current digital shift, the organization provided support for local artists, creatives, and cultural workers with online community initiatives, the creation of a digital resource toolbox, and the growth of the CAPRAC Gallery. In her new role as Executive Coordinator, she looks forward to participating in the region’s artistic and cultural dialogue and contributing to the growth and promotion of Prescott-Russell’s creative community.

Karine's passion for the arts began at a young age, thanks in large part to her upbringing. She pursued this interest throughout her post-secondary studies and obtained an honours bachelor degree in Art History and Theory with a minor in Anthropologie, and additional coursework in Visual Arts, Arts Administration, Museum Studies, and Indigenous Studies. Her career in arts administration spans nearly a decade and includes project management, program development, community outreach, gallery operations, and event management. Karine has gained valuable experience working with arts organizations and venues like the Shenkman Arts Centre, the Ottawa School of Theatre, and Arts Network Ottawa. She has also enjoyed working with the City of Ottawa in arts programming for youth in various community centres – her love for community-engaged arts stems from these exchanges. 

Originally from Rockland, she is thrilled to return to her roots in the area and to have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with the region’s artists, entrepreneurs, and community stakeholders. Karine respectfully acknowledges her privilege to reside and work in the United Counties of Prescott-Russell, on the traditional unceded territory of the great Anishinabe family, also shared with the Haudenosaunee family including our Mohawk neighbours of Akwasasne. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the area's artistic community and to help promote its cultural landscape.

 


 

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Yanik Gosselin |Projects Coordinator

Yanik (he / him) has been working at the Prescott-Russell Arts Council since 2018, as a seasonal worker for three summers. In 2020, he joined the team as Cultural Promotion Officer to help promote art and culture in the community. His contribution to CAPRAC's virtual content during a year marked by a global pandemic kept the organization active in its community. His previous work experience at the Canada Council for the Arts, ACFO Ottawa and the regional organization Tourism Prescott-Russell has given him experience in event planning, customer service, community development and arts administration.

As a singer and performer, Yanik has been invited to participate in the National Arts Center's Young Artists Program (2018, 2019), the Heifetz International Music Institute's inaugural Baroque Singing Workshop (2019), and the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance's Singing Workshops (2020, 2021). In 2019, he performed a recital with Lindsay Bryden (flute) and Natalie Hoffman (harp) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Arts Center. He has a particular interest in recital music and 1970s glam rock. Yanik holds a BMus in Vocal Performance from the University of Ottawa and recently completed a Master of Music in Voice and Opera at McGill University under the direction of Dominique Labelle. He is also a member of the Association for Opera in Canada and currently a member of the RBC Artist Fellows 2021-2022 Cohort.

Originally from the Lake Temiskaming area of northeastern Ontario, he followed his family down the Ottawa River to Rockland in 2009 and feels at home wherever he can contribute to the growth of an artistic community. Yanik graciously acknowledges his privilege to currently reside on the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq people in Mi'kma'ki (Halifax).

 


 

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Zackari Gosselin |Digital Development Officer

Zackari (he / him) first joined the CAPRAC team in the summer of 2020 as a community liaison, discovering the artistic and cultural richness of the region, where he has lived for the past ten years. He joins the team again in November 2020 as a Digital Development Officer. In his new role, he hopes to continue to raise the profile of CAPRAC and all its members. 

Zackari was interested in several artistic disciplines during his high school years, but decided to pursue a degree in theater. He graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor's degree in Theatre and landed his first professional role in the play Pattes en aiguilles, produced by Théâtre Mauve Sapin. This play was presented at the Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario in Sudbury, at Place des Arts in Hearst, and in a showcase at Contact ontarois in 2020. Recently, he performed in La petite maison, a production of Le bruit du monde, as part of the biennial Les Zones Théâtrales. In addition, Zackari has been teaching theater to various age groups at the Ottawa Theatre School since 2019. He teaches comedy and improvisation in schools across Ontario. He is currently working on several personal projects, such as the podcast Like Motif, which he co-hosts and produces, as well as short films under the name Dans les nuages.