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Samantha (Rodin) Wainberg | Executive Director

Samantha (Rodin) Wainberg has been with the York Region Arts Council since 2011. First as a Board Member, then Arts Administrator, followed by Associate Director and now Executive Director; a positon she has held since late 2014. She is passionate about connecting and helping artsits, cultural workers and creative industry entrepreneurs grow their practices into viable businesses and advocating on behalf of artists and cultural organizations in York Region. Samantha has lived and worked in York Region her entire life. When she graduated from York University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in 2010, she was acutely aware of the lack of support and resources available to local artists and arts organizations so she vowed to dedicate herself to expanding opportunities for creatives close to home. 

A handful of highlights from working at the York Region Arts Council include directing and expanding the Artrepreneur program, re-launching as a new, user generated web-portal for artists and arts organizations, growing and leading the overall strategic development of the organization. 

Samantha is also an artist and has also worked as an independent curator, editor and workshop facilitator. Her art practice lands at the intersection of painting, photography, sculpture and installation. In addition to her BFA from York University, she holds a joint certificate with the York Entrepreneurship Development Institute and Schulich Executive Education Centre and a certificate from the Toronto School of Art’s former Independent Studio Program. 

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Divya Sinharoy | Media & Marketing Manager

Divya Sabharwal is a Marketing Management professional with three years of experience in communications, marketing and social media management. Divya started her career at the York Region Arts Council as an intern, in the short period of time Divya’s capabilities grew and the nature of her role evolved; Divya is now the Marketing Maven for – a website dedicated to promoting and marketing events, festivals and fairs within York Region. This role allows her to wear multiple hats; she is the volunteer coordinator, administration staff, event and logistics director, social media lead, the analytics guru and the online web content chief. Outside of work, Divya gets some much needed rest by ‘zen’-ing out at her hot yoga classes.

She is enthusiastic to keep up with the growing momentum of creating and cross -promoting tourism within the region. She looks forward to connecting with and learning about local tourism operators, arts and cultural organizations and small businesses.

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The York Region Arts Council Board of Directors is composed of volunteers from the community who are in the arts and support arts and culture.

Cathy Morton | Chair

April Hoeller | Vice-Chair

Norman Rees |  Treasurer

Anuja Varghese | Secretary 

Bob Minhas | Member-At-Large

Jade De Ciccio | Member-At-Large

Karen Lindsay-Skynner | Member-At-Large

Steve Lusk | Member-At-Large

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The York Region Arts Council’s Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from each of the nine York Region municipalities, and the Regional Municipality of York.

Jonathan Wheatle | York Region

Sharon Gaum Kuchar | City of Vaughan

Eric Lariviere | City of Markham

Gillian Hards | Richmond Hill

Joan Crosbie | Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Jim Kyle | Town of Aurora

Lindsay Burwash | Town of Newmarket

Aimee Artinian | Town of East Gwillimbury

Kathleen Fry | King Township

Phil Rose-Donahoe | Town of Georgina 


York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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