What is DWAC?
The Durham West Arts Centre is a 'hub' organization working to establish links with artists, arts groups and arts lovers. We want to meet and talk to the groups and individuals who are willing to help build the infrastructure for a permanent arts centre in Ajax-Pickering.

Partners & Sponsors


Reading and Remembrance 2007

Partner: Rotary Club of Pickering Trillium Foudation Ontario Arts Council

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Newsletters on-line: download pdfs of August 2007; March 2007;by Pam Auguste, Ajax Creative Arts
Fall 2006, Summer 2006; January 2006;Autumn 2005


DWAC Board
  • Bill Fisher, Chair
  • John Sabean, Past Chair
  • Edward Falkenberg, Past Chair
  • Programs To be determined
  • Promotions To be determined
  • Communications To be determined
  • Membership Marjorie Green
  • Special Events Shashi Bhatia
  • Directors:
    Gord Dyck (Governance Issues)
    John Cormier
    Helen Piilonen
    Wesley Peel
  • Suzanne Regimbal
  • Carol Sabean (Secretary)
  • Bob Jackson
  • David Green (Treasurer)
  • Richard Bruton
  • Geordie Lishman
  • Andrew Hamilton, Executive Director
  • Erin Michel, Project Manager
Durham West Arts Centre Foundation
  • Honourary Chair Mayor David Ryan
  • Chair - Justice David M. Stone
  • Vice Chair - Michael Ruta
  • Secretary - Joan Wideman
  • Treasurer - David R. Green
  • At large:
    Gary Faulkner
    Ron Halliday
    Paul Pryzbylo
    Dr. Gary Polonsky

Advisory to the Durham West Arts Centre

  • Kevin Ashe
  • Mark Holland, M.P.
  • Louise Farr-Chambers
  • Dan McTeague, M.P.
  • Judge David Stone
  • Rosemary Speirs
  • Janet Ecker
  • Gordon Zimmerman

How do I find information on past programs?

Go to History & Press and if you are looking for program info go to archives and if you are looking for past media releases click on media releases.

Does DWAC have Charitable Status? For what can I get a receipt?
The Durham West Arts Centre received Charitable Status in November of 2004. We’re not allowed to issue charitable receipts for regular memberships. However, any amount of money donated above the $25 membership qualifies for a charitable receipt. We have also had furniture and picture frames donated and we were able to provide charitable receipts for their appraised value.

Do you hold any classes or seminars for artists?
We don’t run any classes as our facilities are too small. We will refer interested members of the public to those classes we know about. If youd like to be on our recommended list for classes, you should contact April Polak. We do hold seminars. January 28, 2005 was our first workshop to assist artists with business practices and self-promotion. Workshop leaders are from Visual Arts Ontario. Check our website often or just sign up for our eMail list for the latest details.

Who are some of your partners and corporate supporters?
We have five partners for the Trillium Collaborative: PineRidge Arts Council, City of Pickering,
Town of Ajax
, Durham District School Board and The Rotary Club of Pickering.

Corporate supporters: Veridian, Timbren Industries, Wayne Cassidy, Ron Halliday, OPG,
Jane Buckles, Carol and Craig Bamford and Pickering Rotary have all donated over $300.

Small business supporters: The Ajax Seniors Discussion Group, The Mount Everest Restaurant,
Signs from Above, the 48th Pickering Girl Guides, The Pickering Community Concert Band,
The 35th Pickering Guides and Sadroo's Grocery Supplies Ltd.


Who have you done projects with?
The Toronto Region Conservation Authority - Envirothon and Fishing Lecture
The Pickering Town Centre - Franklin and Brenda Clark visit and Envirothon
SASS - Performances
lichen - Readings and book launch
Pickering Museum Village and UOIT as part of ArtsSmarts
The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), our link to the AGO and the Group of Seven Project.
Visual Arts Ontario - our visual artists’ seminar
PRAC and the Town of Ajax - Off the Hinges
Ajax Creative Arts - Open House, Arts to Go (a member)
Original painting of 72B Old Kingston Road by Pamela Auguste, Ajax Creative Arts.

The Durham West Arts Centre exists to create, manage, and operate a centre for the advancement and promotion of artistic disciplines, and related activities throughout the community, for the benefit of the residents of the Regional Municipality of Durham, and the Province of Ontario.

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