Board Bios



Carol Horne has been managing talented marketing teams over the past 20 years. She recently retired from her position as Chief Marketing Officer at Confederation Centre of the Arts where she directed the multi-channel marketing and communications program for The Charlottetown Festival, Art Gallery, Showcase Gift Shop and Mavor’s Restaurant. At the Canadian Tourism Commission and Tourism Prince Edward Island, Carol was responsible for online communications, developing and managing websites and social media programs. As a marketing consultant, she had developed marketing and communications strategies and content for organizations as diverse as PEI AgriAlliance, Tourism New Brunswick, Culinary Trail and Veterans Affairs Canada.  She is actively involved in the community and currently sits on the board of the Tourism Industry Association of PEI, Meetings & Conventions PEI, the Island Nature Trust, is a member of the Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce communications committee, and Chairperson of the Charlottetown Film Society.  She previously served on the Land Use Policy Task Force and the board of the Montgomery Land Trust.  Carol completed her undergraduate degree from UPEI as well as a Master of Arts in Island Studies.



Emma Fugate is the owner and president of E Accounting Services and CFO for Onset Communication Inc., developer of the Visual Assistant. She started E Accounting Services in 2006 following graduation and in the past ten years has grown the business from a one person, home-based business with four clients to a reputable accounting services company with six staff and over one hundred clients including a number of independent film producers. She maintains numerous volunteer commitments including board positions with FilmPEI (President), The Charlottetown Film Society (Treasurer), Women in Film & Television – Atlantic (Treasurer). Emma is heavily involved with the local filmmaking community through her accounting business and more recently, in her own right, directing two music videos for the very talented Jill Chandler who is used them to enter the CBC Searchlight competition. In addition, Emma has a short documentary and feature in development. She lives in Charlottetown with husband Bill and son Zachary.



Frank Connolly has volunteered at City Cinema for the past nineteen years. He attended UPEI in the 1980s and 2000s, where he obtained degrees in chemistry (BSc) and English (BA with Honors). In the early 1990s he obtained a diploma in Photographic Arts from Holland College and worked for Ryerson’s Film and Photography Department for five years. Since 2000, he has been employed by the provincial government in the addictions field and is currently working as a Community Addictions Counsellor in Montague/Souris for Health PEI.  In February 2012, he was part of the steering committee for the newly formed Charlottetown Film Society. Since the society’s first AGM in November 2012, he has been serving as secretary on the Charlottetown Film Society’s board of directors.



Orysia Dawydiak is a writer, naturalist, cynophile and avid cinephile. She has served on various boards and committees over the years including The Writers’ Union of Canada and President of the PEI Writers’ Guild. In 2014, she was awarded the Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on PEI. Orysia has a BSc from the University of Western Ontario and a MSc from Kansas State University. Her volunteer and community work is primarily in support of literary and theatre activities. She has lived on PEI for 30 years and recently retired from the Atlantic Veterinary College. Orysia has a keen interest in film and has supported City Cinema since its inception in addition to serving on the Charlottetown Film Society board, she is responsible for membership records.


Chris White

Chris White is a Crown Attorney for the province of Prince Edward Island where he is primarily responsible for the prosecution of criminal offences at various levels of court. He previously worked with Stewart McKelvey practicing in the areas of criminal, family, insurance litigation, and real estate transactions. Chris graduated from St. Mary’s University in 2008 and from Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2012. His community involvement in Prince Edward Island includes his dedication to teaching and coaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, an art in which he holds a black belt. He is an avid film buff and has loved City Cinema since completing his articles in 2013. Through his connections to the legal community he has been privileged to assist in the negotiations on the purchase of City Cinema.



Bev Tornberg has dedicated much of her 30+ year career to the not-for-profit sector. In her time at The Banff Centre for the Arts, she managed the Calgary satellite office, which was a hub for the advancement of artistic programs. While serving as a Program Coordinator with World Wildlife Fund Canada, Bev’s responsibilities included internal program communications, management of project reporting, and facilitation of the strategic planning process. She earned an Interdisciplinary BA Degree with Distinction from Mount Saint Vincent University as well as Project Management certification.  She has served on various special committees and boards, including the corporate chair’s committee for United Way Calgary, and the Jubilee Ball Board. Bev was presented with a Project Chairman of the Year Award by the Calgary Jaycees. She has coordinated numerous cultural events most notably Music from Banff, a 2-day concert of Canadian musicians held at Carnegie Hall, NYC. Since retiring, Bev has been working to improve the lives of people in her community by volunteering for locally based nonprofit organizations.


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Emily Acorn is a recent graduate of the Journalism Program at Holland College and has written for local papers such as The Guardian in Charlottetown and The Sackville Tribune Post. She is currently developing her own mental health podcast called GIRL. Emily’s passion for storytelling was inspired by the works of filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes, who she met when she was a young teenager.


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Laurent Gariépy was a film critic at Cinémaniak in Montreal before moving to Charlottetown in 2016. From 2007 to 2012, he owned a video store. Laurent currently works for Université Sainte-Anne in Charlottetown as a French teacher and instructs Federal officials who are required to speak French in the workplace. He joined the Board of the Charlottetown Film Society in 2017 and since May 2018 has been the principal programmer of the CFS film series, which runs parallel to that of regular programming of City Cinema. The series is made up of older classics and lesser-known gems. Laurent earned his BA in Art History and Film Studies at Université de Montréal.