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Shawn Van Sluys

Shawn Van Sluys

Executive Director

Shawn Van Sluys joined Musagetes as its first Executive Director in January 2009. Prior to that he was the first Executive Director of the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization, a national arts-service organization that advocates for the visual arts, artists, and art galleries/museums. Shawn studied art history at the University of Lethbridge and began his career in the arts at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery as a research assistant and communications manager. In 2005-6, he was the Program Manager at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA).

Portrait of Diana Hillier

Diana Hillier, CPA, CMA

Finance Manager

Diana is Musagetes’ numbers person. She studied Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and later obtained her CMA (Certified Management Accountant) designation. Her work experience includes both corporate and not-for-profit settings in Guelph, having worked for many years primarily at McNeil Consumer Healthcare, WDG Public Health, and The Elliott Community in various Finance roles. She joined Musagetes in May 2021 as Part-time Finance Manager.


Elwood Jimmy webElwood Jimmy

Indigenous Program Manager

Elwood Jimmy is a learner, collaborator, writer, artist, facilitator, cultural manager, and gardener. He is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation, a Nêhiyaw community in the global north. For close to 20 years, he has played a leadership role in several art projects, collectives, and organizations locally and abroad. In December 2015, he was hired as the program coordinator for Musagetes, and has also commissioned texts on social injustice for its online platform ArtsEverywhere.

Curtis WalkerCurtis Walker

Communications & Production Coordinator

Curtis Walker is an educator and musician based in Guelph, Ontario.  He holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Theory, where he focused his writing on experimental music.  He also spent years as a member of the programming and organizing team for the Send + Receive Festival of Sound in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  As an educator, he taught a blend of English and Technology courses in a high school setting, satisfying his love for both literature and creative computing.

Anna BowenAnna Bowen

Program Coordinator

Anna Bowen is a writer and editor based in Guelph. She holds an MA in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from OISE/UT. As a poet she has worked on 3-year site-specific collaborative installation, ReMediate, whose catalog is available from PS Guelph. Anna interviews authors at for the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival.



Sonia Preisler

Project Coordinator

Sonia has spent the last 10 years working in community engagement, refining their understanding of community outreach and public engagement processes with focus, curiosity, and relentless follow-through in many different sectors. They are passionate about the arts and storytelling; intersection of public spaces with community building; placemaking; and building inclusive, unique processes for folks to engage in dialogue. 

Sonia has a BA in International Development and Anthropology from the University of Guelph and an MA in Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria with a focus on collective memory, collective grief and commemoration in public spaces.