Goodbye and Best Wishes | 2017 Retiring FAAD Faculty

It is with mixed feelings that the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design bids farewell to long-standing faculty members Leslie Butler, Gillian Chubb, Brenda McCrank, Michael Peters, Mark Simon, and Patrick Young.


Leslie Butler retires after 30 years at Sheridan College as a faculty member in the Department of Film, Television and Journalism. Leslie provided leadership in program coordinating and contributed to program development for several programs, including Journalism New Media and Corporate Communications post-graduate certificates, Media Fundamentals and Broadcast Journalism. She also served on Senate and College Council, and was an active steward of OPSEU Local 244 until 2016. With Masters degrees in both Journalism (’82) and English Literature (’85), Leslie was known as a dedicated teacher much appreciated by her journalism students.

Well-known as a pioneer in web design and information architecture, Gillian Chubb, first joined Sheridan as a part time instructor in the Computer Graphics and Computer Animation programs in 1987. A few years later she accepted a full-time faculty position and soon began developing curriculum in the then nascent area of web design. On campus, Gillian was recently involved in the development of the curriculum for the Bachelor of Interaction Design program. In the summer, she frequently teaches software updating courses for colleagues and has worked with the Teaching and Learning Academy for new faculty. While at Sheridan, she developed the post-graduate certificate program in New Media Design, now known as Web Design where she has been program coordinator since.




Brenda McCrank studied in the Art Fundamentals program in the 1970s before teaching in the same program. She has worked as the program coordinator in the past and has coordinated Art Fundamentals courses in Continuing Education. An avid writer and artist, Brenda has worked with TV Ontario, Tibbles Graphic Design and OWL/TV. She is a long standing member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and attends drawing classes there. Brenda, along with some of her faculty colleagues, has attended and presented at international conferences (FATE) on teaching Art Fundamentals.




Michael Peters joined the Visual and Creative Arts program in 2013 as a full time faculty member after several years teaching part time in the Bachelor of Illustration program and VCA. Since becoming full time, he has taught courses in 2D Design, 3D Design and Digital Media. In addition to his work as a design educator, Michael is a design professional with over three decades of multidisciplinary expertise in design, creative direction and design management. Previously, Michael was senior designer/design manager at the Royal Ontario Museum, and has held subsequent positions with design firms working on teams as a design director overseeing the development of numerous international projects.

  Mark Simon is a Sheridan alumnus with a diploma in Classical Animation and a post-graduate certificate in Computer Animation. As an animator, he held positions at Nelvana, Animage, Graphfilm, and Cinescan while also pursuing freelance projects. Mark returned to Sheridan as a full-time professor in 1988 and is currently the coordinator of the following post-graduate certificate programs: Computer Animation, Digital Character Animation, and Visual Effects. Mark Simon is above all else a mentor, a champion of education and a passionate artist. Loyal, supportive, thoughtful and funny, Mark has guided a generation of animators who know him as a teacher and as a friend. He is also trusted colleague who models the value of team work and collegiality. The animation programs will not be the same without him.


Patrick Young is the founding Artistic Director of Theatre Erindale and the founding Sheridan Coordinator of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program, which is now in its twenty-sixth year. A University of Toronto alumnus, Patrick joined the fledgling program when it was still in the planning stages and has had a big hand in making it the success it is today. His experience directing the theatre program at Dalhousie University and acting professionally, both onstage and onscreen, were invaluable in helping the program blossom. When the program first began, Young found himself as a jack-of-all-trades: director, production designer and costumer, as well as teacher, personnel coordinator and season planner. As it has grown, Young has continued to direct at least one show annually and usually designs the production, too.

FAAD would like to wish all our retiring faculty members a relaxing retirement and thank them for their years of contributions.

Event photos courtesy of Nancy Heath.

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