Peer Support Program

Flexible Support for Arts and Culture Administrators

The Peer Support Program provides flexible support to arts, culture, and heritage administrators. It offers free access to a team of advisors experienced in grant writing, non-profit bookkeeping, event planning, and more. It also provides free professional development workshops and resources to organization members and Leadership Grants to empower members to pursue other professional development opportunities.

Meet the Advisors

Donna Kane

Donna Kane has worked with charities and non-profit organizations for over 20 years. In 2001, she created the non-profit society, Writing on the Ridge, which continues to provide opportunities for artists in northeast BC. Since its inception, Writing on the Ridge has carried out over 50 Canada Council for the Arts-funded literary readings, the Moberly Lake Writing Retreats, the Muskwa-Kechika Artist Camps, and several Sweetwater905 Arts Festivals. Kane was executive director of the Northern Lights College Foundation for 17 years, a charitable organization dedicated to providing financial awards for students. From 2014 to 2021, Kane served as executive director of the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council. In her time there, Kane initiated several new programs and projects including “Emergence,” a public art sculpture now displayed next to the Dawson Creek Art Gallery, the Alaska Highway Theme Song CD, Wild Words North Writing Festival, and the Sue Popesku Archives. In all capacities, Kane wrote the grants that funded these initiatives. As an individual artist, Kane has written and received grants from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Kristin Homme

Kirsten was born and raised in Dawson Creek, BC. She has worked for a local non-profit as the Director of Finance & Administration since 2008. She is familiar with the non-profit and charitable organization bookkeeping and audit requirements. Kirsten became familiar with the art community by assisting the Dawson Creek Art Galley with their bookkeeping and is interested in remaining involved in the community. She can help assist with regular bookkeeping needs as well as assistance generating financial reports and many other requirements for non-profit and charitable organizations.

Kat McNabb

My name is Katlin McNabb, I grew up in in the rural areas of Dawson Creek, where I now reside. I currently hold the title of Administrative Manager/Giftshop at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery, where I have been employed for four years and counting.

My administrative career passion did not start until I spent two and half years working as the Front Desk Supervisor at the Pomeroy and Front Desk at the Stonebridge. It was there that I became responsible for daily operational admin tasks, payroll, etc.

Having a taste for organization and management after leaving the Pomeroy, I decided to continue this path and enroll in the Applied Business Technology program at the Northern Lights College to pursue accounting and higher-level administrative procedures. Upon finishing, I received my Administrative Assistant Certification, and I began my practicum at the Gallery and have been here ever since.  While employed here, I was mentored by the previous bookkeeper and have taken on all administrative operations within the Gallery in my time and more.

With my time at the Gallery, I have built many relationships, resulting in taking on other smaller bookkeeping and troubleshooting jobs with other non-profit organizations and one other business. As well as joining the South Peace Community Arts Council’s board as Treasurer.

In the future I hope to continue building my administrative knowledge and eventually opening my own practice!

Peer Support Events

Leadership Grants

Leadership Grants are intended to encourage the development of knowledge and expertise of Arts North East Organization Members. The $400 grant will be used to pay expenses incurred attending workshops in professional development or other topics leading to increased implementation of the member organization’s goals and objectives.

The number of grants is limited, depending on funding, and are distributed first-come, first-served basis, year-round.

The Arts North East AIR Program Provides the Artist with virtual mentorship sessions from a professional visual artist,  a subsistence fee of $3,000 for a six-month working period, a professionally curated exhibit and $2,100 CARFAC exhibition fee, and free admission to an artist talk/workshop by the AIR mentor available to all.


1. Artist must reside in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality or the Peace River Regional District
2. The Artist must not yet have had two or more professionally curated exhibitions for which they have received CARFAC exhibition fees

1. Curriculum Vitae (maximum three pages)
2. Description of proposed work intended for the residency (maximum one page)
3. Artist Bio and Statement (150 words maximum for each)
4. 5-10 images (jpeg format with a resolution of 72dpi at 1024 x 768 pixels) of recent work related to the residency proposal. Images must be labeled with a number_title_lastname (example: 01_Nemo_Smith). 
5. Image List with image numbers, artist name, the title of work and date, medium and dimensions

1. Send the application by email attachments to Documents must be in Word or PDF format, and images in JPG format
2. Deadline for application is November 30th, 2022

Artistic Merit
• The artistic quality of your work
• The artistic rationale for your project
• The potential artistic outcomes

The potential of the project to:
• contribute to your artistic development
• advance your artistic practice

• Your capacity and experience to undertake the project


Please contact Haley Bassett at with any questions regarding the Peer Support Program.