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We are a diverse group of local artists and Arts lovers who desire

to add to the existing cultural richness of the Cowichan Valley.

Our non-profit Cowichan Public Art Gallery Society (CPAG) intends to create a World-class public art gallery in the Cowichan Valley to host ongoing international, national and local art exhibitions and associated programming currently not available.

The building will be built to “A” level standards that have the correct environmental controls required to bring to the valley World-class historical and contemporary art exhibitions this area is currently unable to host.

We are a dedicated team, intent on raising awareness and funding in order to realize this project.

Become a member of our group and have your say in

changing the course of history in the Cowichan Valley.

Jock Hildebrand DFA


Jock Hildebrand is an internationally acclaimed sculptor who works around the world. With many monumental sized public art sculptures, Jock has spent 40 plus years at his art form.


Jean Crowder

Honourary Chairperson

Jean has lived in the Cowichan Valley since the mid 1990’s and has worked and volunteered in the community in a number of capacities. She was elected federally for 4 consecutive terms, representing the riding of Nanaimo-Cowichan, elected as a Municipal Councillor for North Cowichan and has served on a number of boards. Prior to political life Jean was self employed as a community and organizational consultant and worked for both the provincial and federal governments. She brings a passion for local initiatives which can make our communities great places to live and work and play.

Russell Wintersgill, C.E.T. MBA

Vice President

Mr. Wintersgill has over 30 years’ experience in the Canadian Natural Gas Utility industry and has worked in positions of increasing importance in both gas operations and construction. Mr. Wintersgill is currently principal of Wintersgill & Associates and is past President of Stratocom Solutions Corp. after retiring as the Vice President of Corporate Services for AltaGas Utilities Inc. Prior to this he held the position of Vice President, Operations & Engineering at AltaGas Utilities for several years. He is also past Chair, Standing Committee on Operations for the Canadian Gas Association and past Chair of the Board of Directors for Alberta One Call Inc. Mr. Wintersgill holds an MBA in Executive Management in addition to an Engineering Design diploma.

Elizabeth Croft


Elizabeth started her career in corporate communications, holding key positions in the production of more than 300 promotional & educational programs. She has been on the Executive of local, regional & national professional & non-profit organizations. During her time in communications, Elizabeth advocated for government funding for the creative industries. She is serving her second term as an elected School Trustee for the Cowichan Valley School District. She is also the Director of Development for the Cowichan Intercultural Society. Elizabeth and her family live on a small acreage where they enjoy the never-ending effort of beautifying their property while sharing it with the deer.

Wendy Robison B.Ed., Dip.LLED

Curator, Programming Chair

Wendy is a Literacy through the Arts educator and poetry-maker. She believes deeply in the crucial importance of access to the arts in the human experience which is particularly vital for young people learning to function empathically in civilized society.

Rebecca Hazell

PR/Marketing Committee, Programming Committee

Rebecca Hazell is an award winning author and artist who has penned eight books for adults and children and illustrated four of them. Her latest childrens’ book is “The Sweeper: A Buddhist Tale”, from Shambhala Publications.


Dorian Melton

PR/Marketing Chair

From a position in the graphics department of Vancouver CBC Television News to producing illustrations for casino slot machine games; Dorian has experienced a variety of creative roles in his professional lifetime.

David Coulson


David (owner of David Coulson Design Ltd.) is enjoying his 33rd year in the design and construction business. He is passionate about green building practices making each project healthy and efficient.