2022 - Wildly Romantic by Norm Foster | Feature Film | Kirsten Alter and David Leyshon

Board of Directors - 2023

The Foster Festival is honoured to be supported by highly engaged Board of Directors

Chair & Treasurer | Annalisa Medina

Annalisa Medina is an experienced Financial Service Professional who has been in the industry for 15+ years. In her spare time from being a wife, mom, and career woman, she involves herself tremendously in her community through various volunteer initiatives including previously sitting on other Not-for-Profit Boards. She has also mentored new immigrants to Canada and taught Financial Literacy in the community. She is passionate about supporting international communities, where she contributes to youth development programs. As a proud supporter and lover of the Arts Community, she is passionate about bringing theatre to the hearts of everyone! Annalisa has a positive outlook on life and enjoys helping and developing others. She presses through anything with contagious energy and a permanent smile.

Vice Chair | David Hulley

David is the Director of Customer Experience at Vineland Estates Winery. As he was a key member in the Vineland Estates Winery evolution and expansion team of late 1990s David was very honored to be invited back to play an elemental role in the new renaissance at the Winery and to continue his work there. David is a post graduate of the University of California, Davis in Fermentation Science and has been in the Ontario Wine Industry for over 20 years as a winemaker.

Secretary | Alison Buchanan

After a career in corporate training and human resources, Alison moved to St. Catharines and immersed herself in a variety of community activities.  A long-time patron of the arts, she enjoys supporting the Foster Festival as a member of the Board.

Director | Rhiannon Barry

Rhiannon is a social worker, providing community support through her employment as a BGCN coordinator and independently in the community. Through volunteering roles such as with Pathstones Mental Health and many arts and culture festivals and committees, she has developed many connections and skills that she contributes to the  Festival. Her independent work includes pursuing certification in creative arts therapies and psychology counseling. She is a professional self-taught visual artist and arts-based therapeutic program developer. Her studio space will open this September at the brand-new Niagara Falls ‘Exchange Arts Hub.  With her love of theatre, she is interested in supporting The Foster Festival to create opportunities for new Canadian playwrights and to support talented Canadian performing artists. She is most interested in the Local Hero’s programs, which offer the theatre experience to clients of charitable community groups who may otherwise not have the opportunity to attend the magical experience of live theatre.

Director | Josie Faccini

Josie has over 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, focusing on employment, community building, and engagement. She also recently received her Inclusive Leadership Certification and is an Inclusion Practitioner through the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. Passionate about empowering women and girls, she founded the Niagara Chapter of Canada Learning Code and the Antique and Artisan Market. Currently working  as the Engagement Specialist for the NOHT-ÉSON, her role is to build awareness, strengthen community relationships, and foster active public participation in health policy development in the Niagara region.  She hopes to bring the same passion as a new Board member to the Foster Festival.

Support The Foster Festival

If you like to laugh and if you’d like to contribute to ensuring the health of our community and the Festival, please consider making a donation today in support of our 2023 Season.