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 sitterc


Jordan Delfs


Jordan has lived in Guelph since 2015 when she moved here to attend the University of Guelph. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and would like to use it in the arts field!

Jordan been volunteering at Silence since November 2016. She helps with the monthly newsletters, creating posters for shows, as well as running the Open Stage nights and Pipe Down Presents Shows.

In her free time she loves finding new music and going to see local bands, and creating art in as many forms as possible! You can also find Jordan volunteering around downtown Guelph or in the Junction Neighbourhood planning events!

Megan DeRoover


Megan is a PhD Candidate at Arizona State University in the Theatre and Performance of the Americas program, with an MA from University of Guelph and an HBA from Lakehead University. She currently lives in Guelph where she enjoys writing, singing, running, and playing with her dog when not working on her dissertation or grant proposals.



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. 


Amanda Lewis


As an arts administrator with seven years in the non-profit sector, Amanda thrives in demanding and fastpaced environments. Her ultimate career goal is to fuse her passions for alternative arts, music, and events. Some of her career highlights include: obtaining $1,500,000 in successful business and artist grants, providing administrative and revenue development services for a roster of 20+ music acts, managing a rotating team of two administrative interns for three years, serving for three years on the Board of Home County Music and Arts Festival, and, 15 years as a musician, and songwriter; 10 years as an audio engineer and producer.

Steph Manica

Steph lives and works in downtown Guelph, and has been volunteering with Silence since June 2017.  As an artist, she collects and makes small, delicate things.  In her spare time, she enjoys documenting her surroundings through illustration, and discovering new, local musicians.  Steph has been keeping herself busy designing new Silence merchandise and Pipe Down Presents marketing strategies.  She hopes to someday develop a career in either the visual arts or in English studies.

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.

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.