ICYMI: Celebrating Shelley Nimchonok
The WAG is a haven for looking, seeing, and learning through the visual arts. It is also a catalyst for stimulating and enduring friendships. It was at the WAG that I met my friend Shelley Nimchonok and together we embraced the WAG’s offerings. There was a mutual interest in the Docent Program and our friendship blossomed. Shelley joined the then Volunteer Committee in 1973, ultimately receiving a Life Membership for serving the WAG for more than 25 years.
Shelley managed the Inside Gallery for five years (a department in the Gallery Shop devoted to Canadian craft artists), served for two years as the President of the Volunteer Committee (now the Associates of the WAG), and in 1989 accepted, on behalf of the Committee, the Mayor’s Volunteer Service Award for Arts and Humanities. She managed the Gift Shop section of the Shop for nine years and introduced computerization, a feat not to be understated. After serving as a buyer for two years, Shelley and her husband Meyer moved to Toronto to be with their children. Shelley passed away on January 3 of 2019. Her contribution to the WAG is legendary to former and current staff, and the many friends who had the privilege to know, work, and admire her. Thankfully, I was and will always be, one of them.
By: Elaine Margolis
WAG Associate since 1967