Board of Directors

Directors are elected for 1 or 2 year terms. Board elections are held each February. Monthly meetings of the board’s Working Committee and Directors typically occur on the 4th Sunday of the month. Sub-committees currently include the Property Committee, Finance/Fundraising Committee and Communications Committee.

President ~ Judith Cullington has been an active supporter of this project since the West Shore Cultural Collaboratory in 2007. She runs a busy consulting company and brings a wealth of experience in project management, fundraising, and strategic planning. Judith served two terms as a Colwood City Councillor and created the innovative Solar Colwood program. She is on the JdFPACS Finance and Property Committees.

Vice-President ~ Lawrence Surges has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of BC, and was Assistant Director of Music of the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy. He is Organist of the Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul, and on the Executive of the Victoria Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Lawrence came to the JdFPACS through involvement with Four Seasons Musical Theatre, and serves on the Communications Committee.

Secretary ~ Cindy Moyer has been involved with the mission to build an arts centre on the growing West Shore since 2005, when she first championed the arts council’s strategic planning initiative. Over the years, and via various community and business organizations, she continued to shepherd the project until stepping back a few years ago. Cindy understands the importance of arts and culture in building sustainable communities, and is pleased to bring her knowledge and experience back to the project for an exciting new phase. Cindy serves on the Communications Committee.

Treasurer ~ Duc Le has been associated with this project since 2014 and has served as Treasurer of the Juan de Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society since its incorporation under the BC Societies Act. Besides his volunteer work on this project, Duc works in a senior management role for the provincial government and has extensive financial management experience in the healthcare, post-secondary education and other public sectors. He holds a Master’s degree from Queen’s University and a professional accounting designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. Duc enjoys travel, concerts, and everything the West Shore has to offer, and is on the Finance Committee.

Past-President ~ David Stocks has enjoyed choral singing for decades — most recently with the Sooke Philharmonic Chorus. In 2003, as a director of the Sooke Philharmonic Society, he joined the West Shore Arts Council and started working toward a performance centre in the West Shore. He participated in forming JdFPACS and obtaining its charitable status. He is delighted to be continuing to work for the performing arts centre now that the dream is becoming real. David has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada, and serves on the Property Committee.

Director ~ Mark Ferris is a Yale music graduate and full-time performer, composer, and arranger of all styles of music who lives in Langford. He plays violin, electric violin, mandolin, and guitar, and is Concertmaster of the Vancouver Opera and Vancouver Film Orchestras. Mark was a founding member of the Yaletown String Quartet, and is a Principal and Director of Music at Snow Leopard Productions. He serves on the Property Committee.

Director ~ Catharine Kemp-Roth has decades of experience teaching piano, and has operated Colwood Music School on the West Shore since 2002. Her education includes a degree in music, a teaching certificate from the Victoria Conservatory (where she taught for 10 years), and a Music For Young Children certificate. She has studied with some of the top piano teachers in Canada including May-Ling Kwok and Winifred Wood, and has been a homeschooling parent. She provides a wide range of musical experiences for students, from early music classes for toddlers to group and solo piano students. Her most advanced students have gone on to careers in music therapy and international performance. Catharine is a member of the Finance Committee.

Director ~ Gwen Snyder has been involved with choral music since childhood, and wants everyone to experience the social wellbeing and dimension to life that performing can bring. Since recently selling her business, Gwen is able to devote more time to her music, gardening, the culinary arts, and craft activities she enjoys. Gwen serves on the Finance Committee.

Director ~ Wendy Vincer is a fourth-year University of Victoria student on the cusp of completing a BFA in Screenwriting. She has worked as a Production Designer, Props Master, and Set Decorator for short and feature-length films, written copy and designed web and print advertisements for Ballet Victoria, and put in many volunteer hours with the Victoria Film Festival, Blue Lake Films, and the Hedgehog Welfare Society. She is always trying new things and is a proud supporter of the JdFPACS. Wendy is on the Communications Committee.

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