Through arts, culture, and storytelling, the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre aims to interpret the natural and built heritage of the Lakeshore Grounds and to engage the surrounding community through exhibitions and cultural programming. We focus primarily on themes of education, mental health, indigenous history, environmental sustainability, and civic engagement.
Operated by Humber College, under the Office of the Principal, Lakeshore campus and the Faculty of Social and Community Services.
Read more about us in our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.
Meet the Team
Nadine Finlay (she/her)
Nadine holds both a Master of Museum Studies and a Master of Information, with specialization in Archives and Records Management from the University of Toronto. She focused her research on investigating Indigenous information within institutional settings, and the roads for reconciliation and building collaborations between communities and institutions. Through Humber, Nadine completed the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program, the Culturally Inclusive Educator certificate, the Indigenous Knowledges courses, and the Four Seasons of Reconciliation training. Before coming to the Interpretive Centre in 2017, She earned an Honours Bachelor’s degree from Western University in English and Anthropology.
Nadine’s work explores the intersections between education and information, with the goal to positively influence heritage work in Ontario in decolonizing, preserving, and sharing information through exhibitions, programming, collections, and archival information. Her goal as Curator is to activate the Interpretive Centre’s mission to share the rich heritage in South Etobicoke with a responsibility to the stories, communities, and people who engage with our work, and a mind for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility for the communities we serve.
Sarah LeFresne (she/her)
An emerging arts and cultural heritage professional, Sarah holds a BA in Art History from York University and a MA in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. During that period, her research focused on the merging of the visual arts and traditional ethnographic methods as a new medium for ethnographic practice and dissemination of knowledge. Currently she is completing her final semester in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College.
Sarah’s primary interests lie in using interdisciplinary methods as a way to share information and provide learning opportunities for the public. As Assistant Curator, she strives to engage with and share the rich heritage of South Etobicoke responsibly and mindfully.
When she’s not working, you can probably find her in her art studio. Inspired by old masters, nature, and plenty of contemporary artists, she jumps around between styles and subjects, and loves every minute of it.
Nadia Hayford (she/her)
Nadia is a current student of the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program at Humber College. She previously completed a BA in Screenwriting for Film and Television with a Minor in Studio Art from Chapman University in Orange, California. She remains an avid writer and portrait artist, her artwork often emphasizing self-discovery and incorporating imagery influenced by surrealism and pop culture. She has also held a number of client-facing and administrative roles across multiple industries, most recently as an executive assistant in the financial sector.
Nadia is deeply passionate about visual art and storytelling and aims to transform her experience in office and event coordination into a fulfilling and community-oriented career in arts management. She strongly believes that art and heritage are critical to developing a sense of place in one’s environment and should be accessible to all. She is thrilled to be supporting the curatorial team as they continue to bring to life the history and cultural identity of the Lakeshore Grounds.
Our Logo Story
A unique symbol of the area, the Passenger Pigeon connects perspectives and stories of the area and embodies the human/nature interaction and symbolizes possibility of redress through knowledge of our histories. The echoes of Passenger Pigeon wing beats that once filled the Lakeshore Grounds have long been silenced by the passage of time, but the legacy of the bird continues as a symbol of the relationship between people and the natural environment in complex and multifaceted ways.