BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2012-2013)
(Elected at Annual General Meeting, April 3, 2012)
Lynn Henry Curtis, Duncan
Ken Eng, Smithers
Connie More, Victoria
David K. Stewart, Argen
Dennis Tupman, 100 Mile House
(Please see below for current board members’ bios.)
FOUNDING DIRECTORS (2009-2010)
Lynn Henry Curtis, RSW, Community Development Consultant, Duncan
Ken Eng, President, Bulkley Valley Concert Association, Smithers
Martin Horswill, Amy Ferguson Institute, Nelson Community Opera, Nelson
Murry Krause, Prince George City Council, Prince George
Caroline Miller, General Manager, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Kelowna
Brief Biographies of Current Board Members
Lynn Curtis is a retired social worker with a lifetime of experience in imagining, founding, managing and supporting the growth of new community organizations. He has made contributions to the fields of youth empowerment, education, filmmaking, forestry, small business development, aboriginal relations and ethical governance. He currently lives in Duncan, B.C. and volunteers at the Shawnigan Lake Ecovillage, an educational centre for environmentally sustainable architecture and community development.
Ken is a Certified General Accountant, receiving his designation in 1993. He had lived in Victoria until 1997 when he moved to Smithers for work. As an accountant, he has worked in municipal government, healthcare, mining and is currently the Corporate Manager for the United Church Health Services Society which manages healthcare services in Hazelton, Bella Coola and Bella Bella. Ken has always had a keen interest in the arts as a consumer and volunteer. He is the President of the Bulkley Valley Concert Association which presents artists in Smithers, a director of the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council and the chair of the Northwest/Bulkley chapter of the Certified General Accountants Association of B.C.
Connie Foss More (BMus, MMus, Cert. Budapest Liszt Academy, Hungary) lived in the eastern US, Hungary and Nanaimo BC before becoming Founding Artistic Director of Victoria’s celebrated Viva Choirs: singers aged 6-18 who love worldwide folk and art repertoire. Her choirs have received many regional, national & international honours, and she was CFAX radio in Victoria’s “Arts Leader of the Year” in 2008, in recognition of her contribution to the quality of the area arts community. She was also honoured by the BC Choral Federation with the “Amy Ferguson” award.
Connie was a music teacher inspired by the ideas of Zoltan Kodaly from 1969 until her 2009 retirement, with students of all ages in childcare centres, public schools, universities and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She was listed in the International Who’s Who of Business & Professional Women and was also one of five members on the Early Childhood Commission of the International Society for Music Education. She is a founding member of the International Kodaly Society and the current President of the Kodaly Society of Canada.
Connie wishes to bring the power of meaningful music and artistic experience into everyone’s lives.
Throughout his professional career David Stewart has freelanced as an actor/singer, oratorio soloist, recitalist, professional chorister, and violinist. He made his professional solo debut in 1964 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Charles Munch in a performance of Berlioz’ Damnation of Faust. He has been soloist in may CBC radio premieres of Canadian compositions and recorded Martin y Soler’s Una Cosa Rara for CBC SM5000 with the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra under Harry Newstone. In 1970, with Jon Washburn, David Stewart was co-founder of the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
David Stewart maintains a studio in Kaslo BC where he teaches violin, voice, classical guitar, and cello. He is president of the North Kootenay Lake Arts & Heritage Council, the Kaslo Concert Society, and the Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake, and Vice-president of the B.C. Choral Federation. In 2001 he received the “Willan Award” for outstanding long-term service to the B.C. Choral Federation.
David Stewart lives in Argenta with his wife Stephanie Judy. In his time away from music David Stewart is the proprietor of Argenta Wood Turning a one-man operation specializing in wood turning and cabinet making,
Dennis was Music Supervisor for the Vancouver School District, promoting music education throughout elementary and highschool years. Still an advocate and supporter of the arts, Dennis is retired and living in 100 Miles House, BC.