Meet Our Volunteers!

Cathy Cripps

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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.


Gillian Elder


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 Granieri

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 Mejia


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 Mills

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.


Emma Mull

Emma is a second year at the University of Guelph double majoring in English and Studio Art. When she is not volunteering at Silence or in the studio, she can be found behind various large leafed plants or snuggling her amazing cat, Tiggy. Or looking for other pets on Kijiji. Or plants. She’s not picky.





Scarlett Raczycki

Scarlett has been volunteering with Silence since June 2017 when she began her term as the summer intern after many years of attending events. She’s since stuck around, joining the Music Curation Committee. Scarlett’s interests and experiences revolve around art and culture and community organizing.
Outside of Silence, Scarlett also volunteers with the Cultural Collective in Exeter, Ontario where she helps run the Artisan Market for the Annual Huronsound and Art Festival, a music and arts fest she founded in 2013.
Scarlett is currently completing her Masters of Art History with a Curatorial Practices Diploma at York University.


Dani Stahle

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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 Russell

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.


Micaela Yawney

Micaela is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and International Development at the University of Waterloo. As a volunteer, she helps to run the social media accounts for Silence! She is a lover of acoustic live performance and all music genres, but if you ask her what her favourite is, indie folk/rock will always be number one!  She enjoys the many tunes of Ben Howard, Nick Mulvey, Lord Huron, Mt. Joy and Gregory Alan Isakov – to name a few – alongside other incredible artists including Rhye and Maggie Rogers. In her spare time, you’ll find her outdoors- hiking, running, canoeing, adventuring- or hanging out at the many cafes in downtown Guelph.