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 also fortunate to have a part time Administrative Assistant, Sloane Ryan.

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.