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Who We Are

Fernie and District Arts Council (FDAC) is a registered charity organization run by a volunteer board of directors. FDAC is committed to promoting arts and cultural opportunities in our community. 

Board of Directors:

The FDAC Board meet on the second Thursday of the month. If you wish to bring forward a proposal or request please contact at least by the first Thursday of the month.

The FDAC Directors voted to stagger terms as follows:

1 year term October 2021-October 2022: Donna Miller, Sam Sedlowsky, Tara Higgins

2 year term October 2021-October 2023: Dave McBeath, Becca Davies, Laura Loewen & Rivka Landsberg

FDAC is managed by: 

Louise Ferguson, Executive Director

Louise Ferguson is the Executive Director for the Fernie & District Arts Council. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Arts University Bournemouth, England, specialising in Costume. Louise has previously worked in costume departments in the London theatre community, national Ballet, and gained experience in fashion history curation. Upon leaving England she worked at Walt Disney World, Florida in the largest costume department in the world. Her time in North America inspired her to travel resulting in her arrival in the Rocky Mountains where she gained experience in the tourism industry, business and galleries. All these combined experiences led her to her current role at The Arts Station.


Taylor Cook, Operations Manager

Taylor Cook is our Operations Manager. Like many of us, she moved to Fernie for one season and has stayed to enjoy many more. Taylor gained her Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson Univeristy in Toronto. She has many years of experience managing in a variety of tourism based companies across Canada. Taylor also teaches dance in her spare time; specializing in Acro, Ballet and Jazz. She is excited to be joining The Art Station team and contribute to the thriving arts community.



Caroline Payne, Pottery Studio Manager

Caroline recently moved to Fernie from Nelson BC where she was finishing the ceramic studio program at Kootenay Studio Arts! She was introduced to pottery in 2018 while finishing up her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at The University of Victoria. Since then she has pursued all things clay and has found a specific interest in glaze science and technique. She was also able to start her small business Passion Fruit Pottery while in ceramic art school. She’s thrilled to be working at The Arts Station and is excited to help others grow their skills in ceramics in the process.



Alexandra Kozak, Community Arts Coordinator

Alexandra moved to Fernie after receiving a bachelor’s degree in design with honours from the Alberta University of the Arts. Profoundly inspired by Fernie’s scenery & culture, she now operates her own fine art and illustration business. She exhibits at regional galleries including the Fernie Arts Co-op. She’s delighted to be a part of the Arts Station where she can use her unique perspective and skills such as animation to enhance Fernie’s thriving arts community.