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Dundas Valley School of Art Appoints Kathron Hann as New Executive Director 

The Board of Governors for Dundas Valley School of Art have appointed Kathron Hann to be the school’s new Executive Director. Formerly the Director of Business of Operations for the visual arts organization, Kathron assumes the new leadership role effective immediately. 

Kathron will guide the school as it continues to implement its strategic plan and address three priorities: a continued focus on developing a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment, increasing access to visual arts programs through planned growth, and ensuring the school’s sustainable future. 

“Kathron has been a great asset to the school and a pleasure to work with during the 5 years she served as Director of Business Operations,” states DVSA’s Board of Governors Chair, Pam Lakin. “Along with her business acumen, Kathron has already demonstrated a sincere commitment to implementing the vision and mission of DVSA and has established great working relationships with the DVSA staff. The Board has great confidence in Kathron fulfilling the role of Executive Director.” 

Immigrating as a teenager to Canada from Jamaica, Kathron attended both the University of Guelph and Seneca College and brings to this role more than 20 years of financial and administrative experience in the Independent School and Not-for-Profit/Charity sector. 

Kathron is excited to take on her next role with DVSA. “When I first stepped into this building more than 5 years ago, I felt a creative energy inside these walls I had never felt before – my fate was sealed. From its inception, DVSA has always played a significant role in the community by providing high quality, accessible and affordable visual arts programming within a supportive environment. I am thrilled to be trusted to lead this next phase of growth with this amazing DVSA team, keeping the focus on sustainability while ensuring we embrace our diverse communities through inclusive programming and events.”  

To complement the appointment, the school will also be adding a new position of Visual Arts Director. Working in collaboration with the Board and reporting to the Executive Director, this role will be responsible for developing and articulating a recognizable artistic vision for DVSA, including the development of an accredited academic program. The Visual Arts Director will work to further enhance DVSA’s programs and curriculum and will act as a passionate advocate for DVSA and arts education in the region, province and country.  

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