Staff & Board

We have passionate people working behind the scenes every day to provide career development opportunities for artists, and quality programming for residents and visitors. We are currently working with an Artist Advisory Committee who are providing guidance to ensure that programming and activities are relevant to and inclusive of the Arts Council’s membership and our wider community, and will help shape the organization’s future by participating in the creation of our next strategic plan.

We are committed to reflecting and including the diversity of our community, and fostering a sense of belonging, in our organization. Click to read our full Inclusivity, Diversity & Equity Policy.


Janna Smith
Executive Director
Janna Smith

Janna has twenty years experience working in nonprofit, government funded arts organizations in both Ontario and Quebec. Past roles include Administrative Manager of Festival Players PEC, and General Manager of Youtheatre in Montreal. At Youtheatre, Janna successfully led projects funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, and Foreign Affairs Canada. She worked closely with emerging and established artists, and developed Youtheatre’s national touring network. Under her tenure as GM, the company embarked on more than 20 national tours, and an international tour to the U.K. Since becoming the Arts Council's first Executive Director in 2017, Janna has developed a new grant program for artists, established a framework to help other local arts organizations build capacity, and has fostered new community partnerships that connect artists to residents. Janna holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Certificate in Management from Concordia University.
Membership Services Manager
Heather McCorquodale

Raised in Prince Edward County, Heather has grown up with an appreciation for the natural beauty of the area and the art created by talented artists in every corner of the County. A background in digital photography, as well as post-grad studies in Museum Management and Curatorship at Fleming College, have allowed her to explore opportunities in Halifax with the Association of Nova Scotia Museums as well as the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Ontario. She looks forward to learning more about the wonderfully diverse work of artists here in the County while being with the Arts Council. * Heather's position is supported by the Canada Summer Jobs program.
Andrea Dawes
Program & Communications Coordinator
Andrea Dawes

Andrea is a non-profit consultant with a Master's Degree in Public Administration. Her passion for community building and information gathering led her to launch PEC Parents, an online resource for parents and kids in Prince Edward County. Andrea is currently working on contract, providing assistance with program development and coordination, project management, fund development, and communications activities.

Board of Directors


First Vice Chair
Sarah Moran

Former President of Enterprise Advertising and Vice President of Strategic Services of J. Walter Thompson Canada.

Second Vice Chair & Secretary
Sarah Crawford

Former Vice President of public affairs for CTVglobemedia and CHUM Limited. Former Chair of the Media Awareness Network (now MediaSmarts); former Chair of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB)'s Subcommittee on the Presence, Portrayal and Participation of People with Disabilities in Television; and former Chair of the CAB's Societal Issues Committee.

Walter Thompson

Former Vice President of Commercial Operations for the Toronto office of the global engineering company, AMEC. Longtime member of the board of the Organization of CANDU Industries, a not-for-profit representing virtually all companies engaged in nuclear matters in Canada.

Directors at Large
Andrea Piller

Award-winning Ceramist with degree from OCAD, whose work can be found at the Gardiner Museum, Canadian Clay & Glass Museum, Burlington Art Gallery, and more.

Catelyn Thornton

Performing Artist & former arts educator. *Pending AGM election May 27, 2021.

Erin Hewitson

Director of Loyalty & Engagement, Toronto International Film Festival. *Pending AGM election May 27, 2021.

Julia Howell

Chief Program Officer, Toronto Foundation. *Pending AGM election May 27, 2021.

Event/Program Chairs
Amy Shubert

Art in the County

Tara Wilkinson

Arts Trail

Gail Grossmith & Marianne Howard

County Collection

Anne Preston

County Kids Read

Dale Wainwright & Heather Kerr

PEC Studio Tour


The Maker’s Hand

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