Foundation

About the Foundation

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation supports the Varley Art Gallery of Markham through its activities and investments. The Foundation supports art acquisitions, conservation of the art collection, educational programs and exhibition research. 

The primary sources of funds are the McKay endowment proceeds for education and art acquisitions and our two main annual fundraising events: Vintages at the Varley and new in 2022, our Art of Plenty Art Show and Sale.

Proceeds are applied to our art conservation, exhibition research, art acquisitions and educational program development.

By supporting the Foundation you can build on our successes of great exhibitions, art of the highest quality and innovative public programs.

Board of Directors

L to R (Top Row): Terrence Pochmurski (Chair), Craig McOuat (Vice-Chair), Amin Giga (Treasurer), and Reid McAlpine (Ward 3 Councillor). L to R (Bottom Row): Lisa-Joy Facey, John Ingram, Carolyn LeQuéré, Jim Schmidt, and Edie Yeomans.

About the Board

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham consists of a board of nine directors:

Terrence (he/him) is the chairperson of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation and a member since 2009. Terrance is a lawyer at Cattanach, Hindson, Sutton, Vanveldhuizen LLP. 

Craig (he/him) is the vice-chair of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation and has been a member since 2013. Craig is the President of McOuat Partnership, a marketing firm in Markham. 

Amin (he/him) is the treasurer of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation and has been a member since 2016. Amin is an accountant at Bansal & Giga Chartered Accountants. 

Reid (he/him) is the City of Markham Ward 3 Councillor and has been a member since 2019.

Lisa-Joy (she/her) has been a member of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation since 2019. Lisa is also a member of the Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association. She currently works in management and non-profits. 

John (he/him) has been a member of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation since 2015. He is also a member of the art acquisitions sub-committee. John is the owner of a commercial gallery in Toronto.

Carolyn (she/her) has been a member of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation since 2019. Carolyn’s experience is in non-profits, music and IT cyber security. 

Jim (he/him) has been a member of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation since 2019. Jim is a business owner in the printing industry.

Edith (she/her) has been a member of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation since 2011. She is the chair of the Art Acquisitions sub-committee. Edith is a professional art appraiser and is an accredited Senior Appraiser with ASA.

Our Staff

Francesca Dauphinais, Development Officer

Francesca (she/her) oversees the day-to-day operations of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham. She develops, implements, and manages our fundraising events, provides administrative support to the board of directors, and is the volunteer coordinator for the Varley Art Gallery’s programs and events.

Abby Sasikumar, Social Media & Marketing Assistant

Board Members - Individual

Abby (she/her) assists in creating digital content, copywriting, and updating our social media platforms for our fundraising events. To contact Abby, please email ASasikumar@markham.ca.

Our Support of the Varley Art Gallery

Our fundraising efforts allow us to support the mandate of the Varley Art Gallery in offering outstanding exhibitions, public events, workshops, art camps and curriculum-based educational learning for all ages and abilities, and assist the Gallery to acquire works of art to enhance their collection. We seek to promote the love of art and culture in our community.