Jan believes that Saskatchewan’s strength and potential are reflected in its vibrant cultural community. Over the years, Jan has tried to find ways to contribute to this cultural community as an artist, cultural worker, and most often as a volunteer. By sharing her time and experiences through volunteer work, Jan hopes to create cultural opportunities for others like those that she has benefited from over the years.
Jan has been involved in Saskatchewan’s cultural community since finishing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in the mid 1990’s. She has held employment and volunteer positions with a variety of local cultural organizations including Neutral Ground Art Gallery and Artist Run Centre, the Art Gallery of Prince Albert (now the Mann Gallery), the Dunlop Art Gallery, the Saskatchewan Library Association, the Writers’ Guild, CARFAC, the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance and SaskCulture.
Jan’s involvement with SaskCulture began in 2002 when she was first elected to the Board of Directors. Jan served three terms with the Board, including terms as President and Past President. Jan continues to be involved with SaskCulture as a volunteer for numerous committees, including the steering committee that lead to the creation of Creative Kids. Jan served as a member of the Creative Kids Provincial Advisory Committee until 2016. Jan's experiences with SaskCulture and Creative Kids gave her an exposure to, and interest in, all of the different sectors that make up Saskatchewan's vibrant cultural community, as well as an interest in good governance and responsible stewardship of public funds.
Currently, Jan lives in Regina where she is the Executive Director of the Insurance and Real Estate Division of the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan’s financial and consumer marketplace regulator. In addition to her BFA from the University of Regina, Jan also has an LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan and was in private practice as a lawyer prior to joining the public service.