Arts for Everyone

Board of Directors

Laurel Tien


Laurel is a post-secondary educator, community-based visual artist, registered nurse, and non-profit agency leader. She has spent the better part of the last twenty years in a variety of teaching, administration, community development, and intermodal artistic practice roles.

Her educational background includes an MA in Art Education and experience in teaching art, as well as a practicing artist in multi-media photo-based and community-based art making (the focus of her MA thesis). Her current study is the area of community cultural development, community-based arts facilitation and expressive arts in creativity, health promotion and transformation.

Her experience with community and cultural development has been developed through her role as Executive Director at Semiahmoo Family Place and with Girl Guides of Canada. She is currently on Faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she teaches in the blended (hybrid) BSN-PB program. Her scholarship focuses on embodied, arts-informed and technology-enhanced learning.

Heather-Jane Robertson


Heather-Jane Robertson relocated from Ottawa to BC five years ago, and she has been an enthusiastic resident of White Rock for the last two years. Her professional career involved several different roles advocating for better policy choices for advancing public education.

She has been integrally involved at senior levels in multiple national organizations, including the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Campaign 2000, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, and many other public interest initiatives. She is the author of three very successful books and dozens of articles. As a public speaker, she has addressed audiences from Nunavut to Melbourne.

Heather-Jane has also participated in amateur theatre for many years – most recently with the White Rock Players – and is happily pursuing her creative interest through various visual media and techniques.

Daphne Tate


Daphne has been a local business owner for over 20 years and a potter for over 30 years. She is currently the President of the Semiahmoo Potters Society. Daphne has many years of volunteering especially in the school system which included opening a new school in Edmonton.

Pat Higinbotham


Pat has always had a passion for all forms of creativity, for communication media and for people. She has worked in community television, commercial printing, magazine publishing and built a successful editorial and corporate photography business in Vancouver.

Having an artist mother and executive father, the dynamic tension between the arts and business has been a constant in her life, and she enjoys the interplay.

Pat is currently building a small practice that will incorporate elements of art therapy and creative play with companionship for people with Alzheimer’s. The personal, social and global healing power of the arts are particular passions, along with building connections between disparate communities of people and outreach to the marginalized.

Bill Noy


Bill has lived in White Rock/ South Surrey for over 30 years and is a realtor with Hugh and McKinnon Realty. He contributes as volunteer crew with Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.

As a board member of the Semiahmoo Peninsula Marine Rescue Society Bill works to raise funds for local marine search and rescue.

A graduate of Emily Carr College of Art, Bill also has a lifelong interest in the visual arts. He also has a background in Adobe and WordPress and has played a large role in this website.

Sandy Cave


Sandy resides in Crescent Beach, and enjoys the relaxed lifestyle, the beach, her 2 chocolate labs, and friendly village neighbourhoods.  She is involved in the Community as a member of the Fraser Valley Potters Guild, the Crescent Beach Property Owners Association, Block Watch captain, SSR&AC pottery studio monitor, Crescent Beach and White Rock Pottery Pop-Up Show organizer, Director on the Semiahmoo Potters Society Board and Semiahmoo Arts Society Director and Treasurer.

Sandy is currently working as a Finance Consultant, and has held various roles including accounting, systems analyst, administration, implementation projects, and payroll management. Before her career in finance, she worked with children as a preschool and daycare supervisor and kindergarten teacher.

Many of Sandy’s hobbies focus on the arts.  Pottery is her current passion, but she also enjoys sewing, quilting, costume and floral design, as well as mosaic tiles, stained glass, and recently watercolours.

Corry Kritcos


Corry Kriticos is a Building Manager for Porte Realty in White Rock.
He has also volunteered and worked for Vancouver/Kingston Ontario police department.
“My passion is photography which is a desire of expression with intention to capture photo’s that speak it’s truths.”


Ulee Maschaykh

Executive Director

Ulee is an art/urban historian with an interest in art, architecture, urbanism and the impact of cities on people’s lives. She is passionate about sustainability, affordability and inclusivity in urban communities. Through her international studies and work experience in Germany, Canada and New Zealand she has gained a diverse and intercultural understanding of how cultures, arts and cities build inclusive communities.

Ulee strongly believes that various arts forms have the power to bring people from all backgrounds together, through inventively and creatively planned placemaking events.

In this regard she is impressed by the intangible qualities of social dynamics that exist in White Rock and the opportunities the city provides to foster innovation and human interactions.

Brandy McLean

Office Coordinator/Arts Coordinator

Brandy is an artist and arts instructor. Her artwork consists of utilitarian ceramics, sculpture as well as fibre arts and painting. Her work can be found in various galleries and gift shops around the lower mainland.

Bobbie Hammersley

Art Class Programmer, Pottery Studio Coordinator

Bobbie is the head programmer at Semiahmoo Arts. She works closely with the City of Surrey to promote our Society’s arts programs.

She also has degrees Geography and Classics and has worked in the environmental field, as a consultant and in the arts as an educator. She has a special interest in helping children develop a deeper connection to the natural world and endeavors to teach environmental stewardship to them.

Angela Hopkins

Pottery Studio Technician

Angela first came across clay when she made pinch pots in preschool and has been captivated by it as a medium ever since. Having grown up on the BC Coast, her work is organic and draws heavily from nature as inspiration.

After graduating from Emily Carr, she became a founding member of the Dusty Babes Collective, an all-female artist group who share a studio in South Surrey.

Mitra Mahmoodi

Pottery Studio Technician

Mitra is an emerging artist based in Vancouver, Canada.

She graduated in 2009 in Economics back home in Iran. Soon After immigrating to Canada she fell in love with Ceramics and commenced her career as a ceramist in 2011. She took her journey in Ceramics into the next level by starting her education in Ceramic Design at University of Arts London,UK. After two years receiving her diploma from UAL, she moved back to Vancouver, and transferred her education to Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Studying in these two universities helped her to expose herself to broad opportunities and a range of methodologies. This time she tried not to just work in the studio, but to see clay as a tool to move it to the real world, and challenging people’s perception of the material.

Her work has been exhibited at group shows at Medalta, the historic clay district in Medicine Hat, Alberta, the Pangolin London, Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins and The Wedgwood Museum in the UK.

Casandra Xu

Digital Media Coordinator

Casandra is a 3rd year co-op student studying Communication at Simon Fraser University. She completed her first practicum with us at Semiahmoo Arts for Digital Marketing in the Spring 2020 semester at the university.

She’s an avid fan of social media and she assisted with posts on our platforms (Instagram and Facebook), creating posters, brochures, flyers and also launching this website. She has mentioned she has learned a lot about the process and greatly appreciates the opportunity we have given her.

When she isn’t studying, she enjoys playing video games, drawing, painting, playing the flute, dancing, folding origami and sing.