this town is small presents: the small town podcast

Welcome to the small town podcast, a resource for arts administrators, artists, and not-for-profit organizations across many disciplines. This series was produced by Becka Viau. and features host Sara Roach-Lewis interviewing a wide range arts professionals from across Prince Edward Island to discuss topics including stress, board governance, sponsorship and many more.

Episodes are released weekly, along with supplemental material provided by the guests to be used as an extended resource. We hope you learn something you didn’t know before from listening to these conversations.

Episode 1: Weathering the storm with Sara Roach-Lewis

About this Episode:

On this episode, host Sara Roach-Lewis talks about weathering the storm when there’s too much to do and how to decompress when it passes by.

Sara Roach-Lewis has more than 15 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector, most notably with Women’s Network where she started as a board member, then board chair, moving to paid employment at WNPEI in 2008. She progressed from project coordinator to project management and was in the Executive Director role for three years.

She is now a Business Strategist and Coach who helps business owners grow their businesses sustainability and profitably, using business strategy and teaching tools for being more effective and efficient.

Sara is a skilled facilitator, researcher, writer, curriculum developer and project manager.  A life long learner, she holds a degree in Psychology from Mount Allison University, journalism and business administration diplomas and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from UPEI. 

She was one of 25 women chosen from across the country to participate in the Canadian Women’s Foundation Women’s Leadership Institute in collaboration with the Coady Institute in Antigonish, NS.  Through two residencies as well as distance education, the year long program is designed to increase the leadership capacity of not-for-profit organizations across the country, including governance, board training and stewardship.

Episode 2: Board Governance with
Hannah Bell

About this Episode

On this episode, guest Hannah Bell talks with Sara Roach-Lewis about Board Governance.

Hannah Bell was elected as the MLA for District 11: Charlottetown-Parkdale in a by-election on November 27, 2017 and re-elected for District 11: Charlottetown-Belvedere on April 23 2019. She serves as the Critic for Social Development and Housing, and as Official Opposition House Leader.

Hannah Bell holds an MBA in Innovative Management from UPEI, and has 30 years of varied experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Canada and the UK. Prior to being elected, she served as Executive Director of the PEI Business Women’s Association for 5 years. Hannah Bell is the owner of consultancy firm ‘The Solution Agency’, helping businesses build capacity and influence change through the power of storytelling, practical training and skills development, strategic planning and partnerships, and sustainable project design.

Hannah Bell is a community leader locally and nationally – as Board President and Chair at The Guild for 5 years, representing the province as governor with National Trust Canada, and as champion for Startup Charlottetown, part of the Startup Canada entrepreneurs network.

She lives in Parkdale with her daughter Ava and her mother Judith.


Source for non-profit Board Governance including multiple sources and clear plain language overviews:

Resource on volunteer recruitment and training:

Board Roles and Responsiblities:

Primer for Directors of Non-Profit Corporations (book in pdf format):$FILE/Primer_en.pdf

A sample privacy policy document:

A marketing/comms strategy guide:

A Fiduciary Responsibility questionaire:

A sample board member job description:

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