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Guelph Arts Council and Meridian Credit Union Present Wealth Management: Creating Long-term Financial Stability Workshop

GAC Wealth Management Workshop

Guelph Arts Council is pleased to collaborate with Meridian Credit Union in presenting Wealth Management: Creating Long-term Financial Stability, an interactive workshop led by Jeffrey Klompus, Wealth Advisor, CFP, RRC. The workshop is the third in the well-received financial management series presented by GAC and Meridian Credit Union in 2017.
 
The three-hour workshop begins at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Guelph Arts Council, 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden St, Guelph. Thanks to the generosity of Meridian Credit Union, a Guelph Arts Council Annual Sponsor, the workshop is free (pay-what-you-can, all proceeds to GAC).
 
The workshop schedule is:

6 – 6:15 pm     Refreshments
6:15 – 8:30      Workshop
8:30 – 9 pm     Networking

 
Registration is required. Please register online or by calling Guelph Arts Council at 519-836-3280.
 
In announcing the workshop, Guelph Arts Council Executive Director Patti Broughton said: “We are so grateful to Meridian Credit Union for offering this workshop to Guelph’s creative community. Planning for financial stability is important for everyone, but in a special way for artists, who are often self-employed or have multiple sources of income. This workshop will help take the mystery out of investing and planning for the future.”

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Emily Damstra Named Recipient of 2017 Guelph Arts Council Jane Graham Memorial Award

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Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2017 Jane Graham Memorial Award goes to Guelph natural science illustrator Emily Damstra. 
 
Emily is a full-time freelance illustrator who exhibits regularly and produces natural science illustrations for publications, interpretive signs, and websites, as well as coin designs for the Royal Canadian Mint. With her affinity for details, delight in colour, desire for scientific accuracy, and propensity for research about her subjects, she views her art as a way of learning, both for herself and for viewers of her artwork.  
 
Emily submitted her application as a request for assistance to attend the 2018 Conference of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators in Washington, D.C., in July 2018. This international conference will offer workshops, demonstrations, presentations, a juried exhibition and portfolio-sharing opportunities that will allow her to enhance her skills in specific techniques and, just as importantly, to network and gain inspiration and insights from others in her field.
 
The jury for this year’s award was impressed with Emily’s well-written and persuasive application, and applauded her for her practicality and clarity on setting professional goals to take her work to the next level. 
 
Established in memory of local artist Jane Graham following her untimely death in March 2005, the Guelph Arts Council Jane Graham Memorial Fund is managed by the Guelph Community Foundation. As a result, Guelph Arts Council is annually able to assist visual artists residing and actively practising in Guelph or Wellington County, helping them to pursue professional development opportunities that will contribute to individual personal artistic growth.   
 
For more information about the Jane Graham Memorial Award program and Guelph Arts Council, please visit guelpharts.ca, phone 519-836-3280, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or drop by our new home at 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street, Guelph. For more information about Emily Damstra, please visit her website at http://emilydamstra.com/.

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Save the Date for Guelph Arts Council and Meridian Credit Union’s Upcoming Wealth Management: Creating Long-term Financial Stability Workshop

GAC is pleased to collaborate with Meridian Credit Union in presenting Wealth Management: Creating Long-term Financial Stability, an interactive workshop led by Wealth Advisor Jeffrey Klompus that will take the mystery out of investing and planning for the future.

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the workshop begins at 6 pm at 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street, Guelph. Thanks to the generosity of Meridian Credit Union, a GAC Annual Sponsor, the workshop is free (PWYC).

Registration is required. Stay tuned for online registration, or book now by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 519-836-3280.

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