Katherine Quick
(Category 2 – Musical and Performing Arts)

Katherine Quick has been teaching music in one form or another for over 30 years. She began her music education at the age of 9 at the piano and then broadened her focus to include voice and cello while she was in highschool. Growing up in Northern Ontario, she completed her music degree at Lakehead University, studying piano with Heather Morrison, voice with Mary Whicher and cello with Marc Palmquist. She then completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario in both instrumental and vocal music. After a short time of teaching high school music, she retired to homeschool her children and to turn her attention to her private studio.

Katherine’s love of children and of music has led her to many teaching opportunities over the years, from coordinating music programs in the homeschool community to teaching ensemble classes and directing the Junior Cello Department at Forest City Talent Education in London. She has directed choirs, staged musicals and is presently the Music Director at Youth Performing Arts right here in Strathroy. She thoroughly enjoys each and every opportunity!

Kelly McKie
(Category 1 – Material Arts and Written Word)

Kelly is an inspiring, self-taught abstract artist in Strathroy. A mother of one crazy daughter, a new puppy lover, and a newly engaged woman to a wonderful and beyond supportive man. She has recently started a new business venture incorporating her love of creativity in art.

Originally from Komoka, growing up Kelly used to watch her mother paint for hours on end. She was someone Kelly always aspired to be like. After her passing Kelly found peace with the brush. It has not been an easy path, but she has found a love and passion for it, every moment having the ability to create.

Kelly’s Kreative Korner, a new artistic venture Kelly has just begun, allows others to create interpretations of her one of a kind paintings; in group settings, private settings, children settings, custom art work. This is a new venture for Kelly and she is excited to express herself to the community, allowing them to express themselves through visual creativity.

Nicole Alcaidinho- BATD, BFA, BEd
(Category 2 – Musical and Performing Arts)

Born and raised in Strathroy, Nicole teaches hip hop and contemporary for Needham School of Dance. She is an Associate Stage Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama, and a Bachelor of Education. As well as teaching dance, Nicole is an elementary school teacher. Nicole is a past NSD
student and has been a part of the NSD family for 20 years, 10 of those years being spent as a teacher. Nicole draws creativity from her students by using real life scenarios, juxtaposition, shapes, repetition, characterization, and storytelling, not only in contemporary, but in hip hop as well. Nicole’s hip hop classes are rooted in the history of hip hop and the roots of where modern day “whip and nae nae”

Janaya Campbell
(Category 1 – Material Arts and Written Word)

Janaya Campbell is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph, receiving her BA in Art History and Arts, Culture, and Heritage Management. She is passionate about the importance of all art forms within the community and advocates for arts education. Janaya has been involved in the artistic community within Guelph for the past few years, working with the Guelph Dance Festival, the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, and the Juried Art Show. Through her work with many students in classrooms across Guelph, she has gained a desire to become a teacher that offers a meaningful, well-rounded educational experience to her students. She will be beginning her MA in Child Study and Education at the University of Toronto this fall.


Karen Bice
(Category 1 – Material Arts and Written Word)

Karen was born and raised in Strathroy. She is proud of her hometown and what it has to offer its youth. There are so many wonderful opportunities available to nurture a love of the Arts in all its forms! She has always had a passion for the Arts and has been involved in various aspects of the Arts in our community, from teaching dance to running a Summer Dance & Arts program for children for many years.

Her love of Visual Arts began in high school and blossomed from there. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts at the University of Western Ontario, with a focus on studio courses in painting, drawing and sculpture. She holds a Bachelor of Education with a specialty in Visual Arts Education from UWO and was the winner of the Dorothy Emery Memorial Award in Visual Arts Education.

She is currently a teacher at Mary Wright Public School in Strathroy and has been teaching for the TVDSB for 21 years. A parent sent her a note at the end of the last school year and thanked her for helping her son to love art – simple words, but ones that meant so much to someone who is passionate about Arts in Education!

As a proud mom to two daughters who are actively involved in the Arts, Karen would like to thank the Wright Family Foundation for providing our youth with a platform to share their art and for giving them an opportunity to further develop their skills! Our community is truly blessed!


Alice Lingard
(Category 2 – Musical and Performing Arts)

A certified music teacher with 35 years of experience at all levels in
education and a voice teacher currently coaching students in voice and theory at Lingard’s Music Studio, Strathroy, Ontario. I am committed to building self assurance and confidence through the art of teaching voice and have been an advocate for the arts through out my life.

My interests are in basketry, beading, classical music, musical theatre, professional theatre, art galleries, museums, chorale works, children’s choirs, symphonic concerts, books, poetry, nature walks, ecological awareness, saving our planet, saving wild animals, protecting women and children, equality for all human kind, metaphysics, spiritual growth, architecture and other art forms,
ending hatred, starvation and war.

The most beautiful musical instrument in the world is the child’s natural voice. When produced correctly, you can hear the angels singing.