Stephanie Sims

Stephanie Sims

Founder, Uko Ono

Stephanie Sims is an experienced project manager, fundraiser, speaker, facilitator and teacher with over 35 years working in the Creative Industries (Advertising, Publishing, the Arts).

Stephanie has worked with a number of prestigious arts companies in Sydney, including Bell Shakespeare, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bundanon Trust, Sydney Opera House, and Bangarra Dance Theatre as well as running her own fundraising consultancy.

She relocated to Coffs Harbour in 2006 and has worked with Arts Mid North Coast, co-founded Saltwater Freshwater Arts and Film Outreach Australia, and spearheaded the saving of the Sawtell Cinema.

Stephanie created Uko Ono to spread joy through the humble ukulele. She teaches over 100 students, ranging from five years to 90; runs the Sawtell Ukulele Group which regularly performs at aged care centres and community events; and takes her ‘Uke Squads’ into segments of the community where people are feeling isolated and disconnected.

Stephanie successfully campaigned for the Musicians in Hospitals project through the My Community grant process in 2019 and is currently working as Project Coordinator and as a musician on the program at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

She is a board member of Arts Mid North Coast.

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