Welcome to the Creating Centre de créativité. Proudly located at the centre of Vankleek Hill, Ontario. The Centre is dedicated to promoting creativity in all genres: from art to music, drama to dance, culinary arts to philosophy, writing to contemplation…the list is as long as the human imagination. We have plans for classes, clubs, groups, studio space and much more but we will need your help. In the coming months we will be eagerly pursuing your feedback, ideas, thoughts and dreams for this centre. We wish to be a place for all of use to produce, practice, improve, share, and promote our skills and talents. Please get connected and join us on our adventure. Let’s create something together at the Creating Centre de créativité.

The Team

                                                   Samme Putzel 

Shares her love of community, environment, history and people through many local involvements and activities. Her career has followed intriguing directions, from farmer to artist, author, event organizer and,currently, director of Excellent Events Vankleek Hill and the new Creating Centre de créativité.

“Life is about sharing what we love and cherish, so that we all benefit through creating a better world. The Creating Centre de créativité is about living our stories, experiencing and sharing our dreams come true.”

Samme continues the work of her late partner, Phil Arber, who worked more than 45 years for the betterment of the Vankleek Hill Village community and the area nearby.


                    Umaia Perlin 

 Writer and maker currently studying in Arts, Literature and Communications at John Abbott College. A dedicated daydreamer, she nevertheless has experience in writing and editing for The Review. When she’s not coming up with ways to teach children how to make their own toys, she’s delivering self-esteem seminars to the weird handmade creatures under her bed. 


                  Suzanne Hocquard

I am a self proclaimed Jack of all trades and Master of none! My passion is making others happy! I enjoy my life and I want to make everyone else enjoy it to. I am a Designer by trade worked in the schmatta business for 7 years. I returned to school in Event management and then decided to buy a travel agency! One never knows where life will bring you. Keep your eyes open and take every opportunity given to you…I am happy to be part of Sammes team!


Creating Centre de créativité partners with Excellent Events featuring street festivals and events throughout the year. Together they promote the friendly community of Vankleek Hill Village and the surrounding areas through celebration of arts, culture and local foods and resources, gathering people to share in joyful experiences of fun, friendliness and hospitality. 
Creating Centre de créativité and Excellent Events follow sustainable enterprise principles to attain economic equilibrium with minimal depletion of human or environmental resources. One ultimate goal is to foster inspiration and enable the realization of each individual’s potential through harmony with the planet, the environment and the future of the human race.