Raised in St. Albert and later returning to St. Albert to raise four daughters, all with strong interests in the arts, led to Heather’s involvement with numerous local arts organizations over the past 35+ years. In addition to personal interests, 20+ years at the St. Albert Public Library, particularly in the roles of Public Services Manager and Director of STARFest (St. Albert Readers’ Festival), resulted in many community collaborations and a strong focus on the literary arts. In addition to her involvement with the St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society, Heather also currently sits on the Board of the St. Albert Chamber Music Society and in 2017 accepted the position of General Manager with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. Heather was the recipient of the 2018 St. Albert Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Arts Leadership Award and in 2019 received a St. Albert Community Recognition Award for her Arts & Culture work.
Sandra is a Chartered Professional Accountant, having received her Certified Management Accountant
designation in 1989. Over the course of her accounting career, Sandra has worked in finance, manufacturing, insurance, regulatory, travel, sport and non-profit. She is currently the owner of STRT Consulting Ltd, providing bookkeeping, accounting, and consulting services. In addition to spending many years on various school parent councils and committees, Sandra has and continues to spend many hours volunteering with various committees associated with the City of St. Albert such as the Alberta 55+ Winter Games, the Friends of Northern Alberta International Children's Festival, and the St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society. Sandra is also a member of the boards of the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival and the St Albert Community Foundation and a member of the St. Albert Rotary Club.
Kathleen is one of the City of St. Albert’s Community Cultural Coordinators and the St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society’s City liaison. Having coordinated the St. Albert Amplify Festival for the past six years, she joined SACTAS in 2019 when she started with the City full-time. She brings her experiences working for the Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival, the International Children’s Festival of the Arts, Spruce Grove’s yearly Canada Day Celebration and her background as an Arts and Entertainment Journalist to the table. She is currently pursuing her newly discovered passion for the aerial arts and, when she’s not in the air, she loves to take in St. Albert and area's growing cultural scene.
Sandy Kordyback is a founding member of SACTAS, having served on the committee for over 10 years.
Her involvement in the performing arts includes volunteer and professional experiences that span
decades (yikes!). As well as teaching theatre arts and dance, she has performed professionally as a
dancer, singer, and actor. She also has experience in directing, choreography, stage management, and light design. In her retirement, she’s determined to “draw out” (pun intended) her deeply buried and slowly emerging visual artist.
Member-at-Large / Website Coordinator
Julia Sorensen is St. Albert’s Poet Laureate and a published writer, musician, and visual artist, and has been a member of SACTAS since 2018. She has performed spoken word and music at Edmonton Poetry Festival, SkirtsAFire, Seven Music Festival, Amplify Festival, and Berlin Spoken Word. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English, Arts and Cultural Management, and German from the University of Alberta and has experience organizing poetry events and running writing workshops locally and internationally. Though her previous involvement with slam poetry informs her expressive performance style, her work maintains a softness and ambiguity which ultimately leaves it to the audience to make meaning. You can learn more about her at julialsorensen.com.
Member-at-Large / Social Media Coordinator
Maria Laycock has been a St. Albert resident for 20 years. She ran a local art studio for children teaching various mediums such as painting & clay with a splash of art history. Originally from England, Maria learned from a young age that art appreciation in any form begins within the community. Providing people of all ages with access to art is what makes a city a vibrant one. Maria has a background in marketing and is in her second year with SACTAS.
Vic is a 72 year old who was, for over 38 years, involved in the home building and home renovation business. He retired in 2014 and then spent two and a half years selling Gluten Free products for Kinnikinnick Foods in Edmonon. He has lived in St. Albert and area since 1981 after emigrating to Canada from England in 1976. He is widowed and the very proud dad of one son and three daughters with four wonderful grandchildren. He also counts himself lucky to have a smashing lady in his life! Vic enjoys being involved in the community in many different aspects of our vibrant city through road cycling, soccer refereeing, swimming, and staying fit. He loves to sing and tries his best to give back to his great community. Vic got volunteered to join this committee via his involvement in Culture Days 2019 with Wow Factor Mosaics. He maintains he knows so very little about "Art" but he hopes to bring his organizational and business experience to help in any way he can, along with the occasional giggle!
Nathalie Parent is a classical pianist, vocalist with Edmonton-based band National Hotel, and recording engineer, having graduated in 2020 as part of the first class of MacEwan University’s new Recording and Production music degree. She has published poetry with Windscript Magazine, Polar Expressions Publishing, and The Poetry Institute of Canada, and is the host of her own podcast titled “Natter: The Zillenial Podcast” which can be found across streaming platforms. Nathalie has a passion for trying her hand at any and every creative venture that she can.
Katie is a new addition to the SACTAS committee. She has been teaching music lessons, writing music, and collaborating with fellow musicians in St. Albert for 8 years and her favourite visual art mediums are digital illustration and watercolour. She is currently completing her degree in psychology at MacEwan University and with plans to pursue a career in counselling.