ACCOB Board Members
Tim has been a musician in the City of Burlington for over 35 years. He is the co-founder of the Live and Local Music Series at BPAC and has been a volunteer of the Sound of Music Festival for over ten years starting in 1988. He was the entertainment chair in 1990-91 and has worked with the City on other Arts and Culture related events including Culture Days in 2016. Tim was the owner of The Music Gym which was the first hourly Music rehearsal studio in the area and became a multi-track recording studio where he engineered, produced and mastered hundreds of Local Artists’ Records. Tim is also the Chair of the Burlington, Sustainable Development Committee.
Robert has been involved on the Canadian performing arts scene for over forty years as a performer, artists manager, producer, promoter, marketer and publicist. He has represented such esteemed Canadian artists and ensembles as Maureen Forrester, Ben Heppner, Stuart McLean, Michael Burgess, the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Men of the Deeps. He was a member of both the External Body and Granting Program subcommittees of CAPIC, and curated the performing arts activities for the 2014 and 2015 Burlington Culture Days. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Lowville Festival, which presented its third annual festival in May 2017.
A member of the Cultural Community in Burlington and a Citizen. For many years Ancilla has been an advocate for Inclusivity and Diversity in the City of Burlington She has been a leader in promoting awareness of Caribbean Culture and Black History in Burlington and has participated on many committees in the City and the Region of Halton giving a voice to those who cannot advocate or speak for themselves. Ancilla has recently retired from a very long career in the healthcare field but remains involved in the community with her main goal being to help make Burlington the Vibrant, Inclusive City it is becoming!!!!!!
Kim Verrall came onto Burlington’s arts and culture scene about 4 years ago through the music stream, first supporting and then managing her eldest daughter, a college music student and budding career musician. Kim has since expanded her interests to the fine arts in order to support and manage her younger daughter’s future career aspirations, and actively volunteers and participates at several city and community arts and culture events on a regular basis.
Andrea Battista is a classically –trained musician who performs and teaches on both the piano and violin. She was the chair of the Keys to the Future, a grass-roots campaign that purchased the Shigeru Kawai piano for the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, she is a member and former Board Director of Symphony on the Bay, and was a member of the Board and Music Chair of the Rotary Burlington Music festival for 6 years. She is a member of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, the Burlington Art Gallery and the Royal Botanical Gardens. She believes in a healthy artistic and cultural life for all citizens in the community of Burlington.
Donna Grandin is a fine artist from St. Lucia, she graduated with an honours B. A. in Art from McMaster University in 1997 and settled in Burlington a year later. Over the last twenty years she has exhibited her nature-inspired acrylic paintings in galleries and alternative venues in Canada, the Caribbean and France. Her business, Blue Roots Art Studio, is an umbrella for her various activities, which have expanded to include live painting, teaching art workshops, and Public Art – eg. the Ireland Park mural. However the core of Donna’s practice remains her colourful original art, she has been invited to have a solo exhibition in Barbados in spring 2019. Donna believes in “building community through creativity”, and she enjoys volunteering in the local arts community – she served on the Burlington Cultural Action Plan External Body Subcommittee previous to becoming a founding director of the ACCOB board.
Lily Z. Hudson – Board Member
Lily Z. Hudson is the founder and executive director of Red Leaf Cultural Integration (RCI). She has been a resident of Burlington for the last 10 years. As with many immigrants to Canada, her life emerged from both cultural backgrounds of both her homeland (China) and her adopted country of Canada. She believes Confucius’s proverb “Everything has beautify, but not everyone can see it”. She hopes to bring diverse culture and people together through the activities organized by RCI, to increase mutual understanding and respect between minority and mainstream culture. Lily has always been passionate toward seniors. She is also a board member of Halton Age Friendly Network.
Robert Mayor- Board Member
Robert J. Mayor Jr. is a married father of 3, and lifetime Burlington resident. He has been an original member of the ACCOB from inception and formation of this arts council. An artist in may ways, Robert is a writer, a communicator, a musician (BobbyJ jr.), media consultant, stage coach and community events director. His passion and business is in arts, entertainment and development of talent. He has created, volunteered, and participated in many local and regional staged arts and culture events over the years. Including a weekly Talent night, and his original artist series of events. He has a skill in bringing people together and is a master at collaboration. His passion comes from a deep inspiration, need and ability to build real positivity into community and his belief in legacy. He strongly believes in leaving something good for our children’s children, and their children.