Staff and Volunteers

AX depends on support from our local community – we can offer great programming because we have great volunteers.


AX‘s Executive Director is Jane Simpson. You’ll find Jane at the AX centre at 12 Maple Avenue, or drop her a line.

AX is hiring for the summer!

.Please send a cover letter and resume to


  • Gallery Docent and Reception

AX Gallery Docent and Reception

AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, is seeking a dynamic and driven Gallery Docent to welcome visitors to our centre, take visitors on guided tours of the gallery, and act as an ambassador for arts and culture in our region. While the primary focus will be in greeting visitors, answering the phones, and processing inquiries and payments for AX programs, the successful candidate will play a vital role in fulfilling AX’s strategic objectives and mandate to support, promote and foster arts and culture in the region.


The Gallery Docent and Reception position reports directly to the Executive Director at AX. Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Act as an arts and culture ambassador for AX in the community; respond to general and program inquiries from donors, volunteers and the public;
  • Welcome visitors to the arts and culture centre, including Sussex residents who are newcomers and visible minorities, and guide them through the exhibitions and our programs; professional artists will provide you with insight into ongoing exhibitions and programs.
  • Facilitate art and retail sales, donations, event ticket sales, and memberships;
  • Assist with events associated with exhibition launches, literary readings, workshops and classes, music concerts, and youth art camps;
  • Help install and dismantle art exhibitions, working with professional gallery curators;
  • Interact with visitors to obtain gallery visitor data and statistics regarding numbers, demographics, and places of origin;
  • Help with other duties and projects as required by the Executive Director.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to interact effectively and professionally with individuals in both a corporate setting and informal setting.
  • Strong team player and able to work independently.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Experience with dealing with the public, and a love of arts and culture.

35-40 hours per week, including Saturdays and occasional evenings, May 27 – Aug. 30.

Note: The hours per week, number of weeks, and position start and end dates depend on funding and availability.

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  • Building and Grounds Maintenance – requires SEED voucher.


General duties include minor wall repair and painting, moving furniture, keeping areas neat and tidy. Other duties:

  • Consult schedule, set up for rentals, workshops and events
  • Help install and remove exhibitions
  • Maintain list of repairs and maintenance
  • Paint and repair walls
  • Maintain the good order and cleanliness, inc. washrooms, offices, workshop & storage spaces, gallery, windows, floors, etc.
  • Maintain and store equipment
  • Garbage removal
  • Water outdoor flower pots and keep flower beds tidy
  • Inventory, order and replace cleaning and maintenance supplies
  • Work with the Executive Director and the Exhibitions Committee to install and take down exhibitions
  • Help with other duties and projects as assigned by Executive Director

35-40 hours per week, May 27 – Aug. 30.

Must be able to climb stairs and ladders.

Note: The hours per week, number of weeks, and position start and end dates depend on funding and availability.


  • Ceramics Program Coordinator

The successful applicant will work in a vibrant, new arts and culture centre and ceramics studio and benefit from working with experienced ceramists. You will have access to professional kilns and pottery wheels, and, along with other artists and administrators, you will organize, promote, launch, and offer ceramics arts programming. You will help create and organize art classes, workshops, and demonstration events, and learn about the nature of working in a charitable organization, for the benefit of the public.


  • Work with professional ceramists to help create and launch the AX Ceramics Program
  • Organize, coordinate, offer, and promote AX’s adult and youth ceramics programming and workshops
  • Help create learning outcomes for programs
  • Work with volunteers to create a program evaluation strategy and software templates
  • Facilitate registration payments
  • Act as liaison between other professional art instructors and AX
  • Occasional work on the gallery reception desk as required
  • Occasional weekend and evening work, assisting with exhibition openings, literary readings, music concerts, workshops and classes
  • Act as an arts and culture ambassador for the region for youth, tourists, and residents

Ideally, you are enrolled in or are a recent graduate of a ceramics program.

35-40 hours per week, including the occasional Saturday and evening, May 27 – Aug. 30.

Note: The hours per week, number of weeks, and position start and end dates depend on funding and availability.


Volunteer with AX

Volunteers keep AX going – we’d be lost without them!

Our volunteers help in countless ways, but here are a few examples:

  • Serve on committees
  • Coordinate exhibit launches
  • Greet gallery visitors
  • Promote arts and culture programming

Yes, I’d like to volunteer with AX!

Our Volunteer Board of Directors

Peter Powning, D.Litt, RCA – President

Peter has been active in arts and culture organizations for more than forty years. His work has been exhibited on six continents and he has an active studio practice producing public art commissions and gallery exhibitions. Peter is a founding director of AX, was on the founding board and vice president of ArtsLink (Arts Association of New Brunswick) from 2008 – 2012, on the Advisory Council of the NB College of Craft and Design 2011 – 2015, as well as the New Brunswick Arts Board as vice-chair 1990-1991 and the Premier’s Advisory Committee for the Arts, 1987-88.

Peter is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Arts, 2017, the 2006 Bronfman Governor General’s Award, and an honorary doctorate from UNB in 2014.

Megan de Graaf, BSc, MSc – Vice President

Megan holds a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, and is a farm and woodlot owner in southern New Brunswick. Megan’s vocations are as a Forest Ecologist and fibre artisan; she has worked in the non-profit sector for fifteen years and serves on the Boards of Directors for two New Brunswick charities.

Donna Floyd – Treasurer

Bio to come!

Bonny Hill, BAEd – Director

Bonny Hill completed a Bachelor of Art in Art Education at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been teaching art in public schools in the area for 30 years. In 2011, she was recognized by the Canadian Society for Education Through the Artswith the Canadian Art educator of the Year award for her work in the visual arts department at Sussex Regional High School (SRHS). Bonny has also been active in the SRHS theatre, directing the spring musicals, building and designing sets, and teaching choreography. Bonny is a professional artist who has held solo exhibits at the Saint John Arts Centre, Gallerie Capitol Gallery in Moncton, Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre in Saint Andrews, and SEEDS Gallery in Halifax. She was chosen for the 2017 emerging artists’ series, Studio Watch,at the Lord Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and she sits on the provincial Visual Arts Curriculum Committee.

Bonny is an active volunteer in the community – she is a member of Class Actand the Sussex Choral Society, the Sussex Artists’ Co-op, and Bloomin’ Artists.

Catherine Healy, BA, BEd, MSc, S-LP – Director

Cathy and her family moved to Sussex in 2007. After completing a BA and BEd at Saint Thomas University (1979-80), she spent a year in France to strengthen her French language skills at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne.  Then followed a teaching career in Saint John, NB, St. John’s NF and Newcastle, NB. Over the span of ten years, Cathy taught both Early and Late French Immersion at both elementary and high school levels. She also taught French to employees of several businesses around the Saint John, NB area.

In 1996, Cathy received a Master of Science degree in Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University.  She and her family moved to Miramichi, NB where Cathy worked in Speech-Language Pathology for many years, both in the private and public sectors. Always keenly interested in the arts and community endeavours, Cathy is happy to be part of AX.

James Brown – Director

Jamie is a president of Craft NB. His medium is steel and he produces work that ranges from the intimate to large public sculpture. Jamie previously worked in management with a large mining corporation, where he learned many successful skills that are now helping him establish a career in sculpture.