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Member Biographies

Nabil Malik

Committee Vice Chair
Term End: December 31, 2019

Nabil Malik has a BA Spec. Hons. in Geography & Urban Studies and Certificate in Migration & Refugee Studies. He also holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies in the Planning Program and a Graduate Diploma in Democratic Administration. Nabil is the Vice-Chair of the municipal Council Appointed Public Art Committee and is excited to use his expertise in stakeholder engagement, public policy and community development to establish and implement the region’s inaugural Public Art Program.

An avid supporter of the diverse range of visual, auditory and performing arts, he has a strong understanding of the importance and role of public art in providing opportunities to foster a sense of identity and belonging in a region as diverse as Wood Buffalo. Nabil is inspired by how active and engaged residents have been so far with the Public Art Committee’s initiatives. He looks forward to continuing to have interactions and conversations with residents and collaboratively forming the cultural fabric of this region we are all proud to call home.

Sharon Heading

Committee Member
Term End: December 31, 2019

Sharon has been active in the arts for the better part of her life. She truly came to flourish as a visual artist since moving to Fort McMurray and is inspired by the Northern Spirit.

Sharon is a returning member to the Public Art Committee where she contributed to the development of the Public Art Wood Buffalo program from 2014 to 2016. Sharon is also the past president of the Wood Buffalo Artists Forum, an entity that has now dissolved as they met their mandate to build the profile of the arts in Wood Buffalo. She is also active member of Arts Council Wood Buffalo.

“I am proud to show my art with and be inspired by the amazing talented artists that call Wood Buffalo home. Their creative energy sustains me. I feel very passionate about public art and the conversation and engagement it creates in the community.” - SH

Waverly Muessle

Committee Member
Term End: December 31, 2019

Waverly holds her Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick, a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance, and a Human Resource Management Certificate from Saint Mary’s University. She has been living in Wood Buffalo since 2012 and is currently practicing Law at Cooper & Company with a focus on civil litigation. She has a keen interest in art and more specifically the transformative effect that public art can have on a community. 

“Art can become an iconic landmark for a city and instill a sense of pride and personal ownership for the residents. I am excited to be part of any ability to contribute to the landscape of Wood Buffalo in a meaningful way.” – WM

Todd Hillier

Committee Member
Term End: December 31, 2020

Known to many in Fort McMurray as one of our region’s most outspoken community members, Todd is a lifelong fan of the arts and supporter of the cultural scene in Wood Buffalo. From his work on the Board of Directors with Arts Council Wood Buffalo, one of the founding members of the Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association, as well as an organizer and volunteer for the Fort McMurray International Film Festival; Todd has turned his personal passion for the region into creative ventures enjoyed by the community. Striving on the “Why Not!” attitude, Todd is living proof that dreams can come true if you’re willing to give anything a try.

Deepinder S. Pessi
Committee Member
Term End: Dec. 31, 2020 

Deepinder S. Pessi (Deep) has a keen interest in sketching and drawing. Deep believes that his formal training in machining has truly bolstered his interest in the arts where he physically changes a piece of raw material into a given shape based on a Blueprint (drawing). During his time in school, Deep was a highly motivated volunteer and an active part of five student organizations. He received two awards and a scholarship during this time. Currently, Deep works in town as an Apprentice Machinist and is the Chair of the Joint Health and Safety Committee at ClearStream Energy Services LP.

As a member of Public Art Committee Deep looks forward to contributing positively to the community and working with other creative people.

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