Learn more about the creative women behind the Tontine Awards.

Tontine Members
Tontine Members

Left to right: Caroline Obeid, Sylvie Vaillancourt, Emily Wilson, Vanessa Lovell, Jennifer Harju

Sylvie Vaillancourt
Sylvie Vaillancourt

After discovering a talent for drawing at a young age, Sylvie chose to pursue a formal education in visual arts at Université du Québec à Montréal. After graduation, she chose to put her career on hold until she moved to Ottawa and started experimenting with several art mediums. Since, she has had the opportunity to show her work in several prestigious shows. But she most happy to have discovered a vibrant community that supports each other and this is where she wishes to contribute.

Erin Leigh
Erin Leigh

Former and founding member. Erin is a passionate promoter of women's* rights and is committed to ending violence against women and gender-based violence. She believes in encouraging girls, women and gender non-binary folks to pursue their creative and imaginative desires. Previously, she volunteered with Ladyfest Ottawa and is a co-founder of Ladyfest Ottawa's Rock Camp for Girls.

Tontine Members
Tontine Members

Left to right: Caroline Obeid, Sylvie Vaillancourt, Emily Wilson, Vanessa Lovell, Jennifer Harju

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