Karen believes in the intrinsic value of culture. For her, a sense of belonging is fundamental to personal and community well-being in Saskatchewan. It is through cultural and creative expression and the sharing of our stories that we can connect with ourselves, and the world around us.
Karen has worked and volunteered in the cultural industries for over 25 years. Her background is film and television. She has a B.F.A. in Film and Video Production and worked for many years as an assistant director and nature documentary producer before moving into program management in arts and culture. Karen was the Program Officer at SaskFilm and then the Creative Industries Consultant at the Saskatchewan Arts Board. She has an M.B.A. and initiated and co-taught the Arts Entrepreneurship & Business Development Course. Karen is currently the Director of Community and Grant Stewardship at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation.
Although she has worked in other provinces, Karen has always called Saskatchewan home. Over the years she has served as an advisor and a juror for funders and festivals, such as: the Regina Arts Commission, SaskFilm, Yorkton Film Festival, University of Regina Living Skies Student Film Festival and Cultural Human Resource Council; and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative.