Meet Our Volunteers!
Cathy Cripps is a R.N. with a Bachelor of Science and certificates in Reiki and Craniosacral therapies. Cathy has been with Silence since its beginnings and assisted during major renovations. She is instrumental in running the Silence café and maintains inventory. She has been playing duns and jembe for five years and practices weekly. She is after-hours property manager for the Guelph Campus Co-op and loves her job as pet sitter.
Various forms of art and the arts community have always been a large part of Gillian’s life which inspired her to volunteer at Silence. Gillian holds a degree in Fine Arts and Museum studies. She is currently pursuing school part-time in Therapeutic Recreation. As a visual artist, Gillian enjoys working with a mixture of mediums including painting, printing, drawing and ceramics.
Simone is a Master’s Candidate in Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Guelph. Currently, she is completing a research project at Silence as part of her practicum. When she is not studying, she is drawing in the arboretum on campus or practicing her social dancing. Salsa, bachata, and kizomba are a few of her favorite styles of dance. Simone is grateful and beyond excited to be part of this supportive and creative community.
Nathan is completing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Guelph studying music and computer science. Nathan enjoys eclectic and experimental music as well as live performance. You’ll see Nathan at the door during one of Silence’s many concerts!
From classical music to funk, from western bug band oldies to Bollywood bangers, from scary and heavy to calm and ambient – he loves it all! Using mainly bass guitar – electric and acoustic – to compose, his love of the eclectic surely shows.
Christine has made Silence her second home for several years now; she’s a regular at Morning music, and often collaborates with other Silence denizens in a variety of musical endeavors, usually while downing one of Cathy’s stellar cortados! She plays about a dozen instruments with wildly varying levels of competence. Christine has been a volunteer at Silence for about a year and loves designing posters and other promotional material. In her “other” life, she and her partner Sally play in a couple of bands, raise backyard chickens, and are co-founding members of the social change organization, Transition Guelph. Christine is a transgender woman and also does volunteer work in the LGBTQ community.
Dani calls herself many things: an actor, artist, storyteller, writer, healer, facilitator of art and rhythm and sound. Silence Sounds offers a portal for art and artistic music experiences to our Community. As a volunteer Dani conveys that message and considers it a privilege.
Kaitlin has recently finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Guelph. She works and volunteers in downtown Guelph while creating art in her home studio. As an artist, she paints, sculpts, sews, and works in text and sound. Kaitlin is also an experienced cat-sitter and is learning to embroider in her spare time.