HONOURARY BOARD MEMBERS
Honorary Board Member
C.M., O.B.C., LLD, Fundraiser, Philanthropist
A formidable and irresistible fundraiser, Eric Charman has liberally donated his time, expertise and financial support to numerous cultural and community organizations in Victoria, making personal appeals, organizing, hosting and funding benefit events, and acting as a celebrity auctioneer. He believes passionately in the importance of the arts in his community and regularly features emerging artists at the events he organizes, giving them valuable exposure and boosting their careers.
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Honorary Board Member
C.M., O.B.C., Chairman – Telus Community Foundation Board
Mel Cooper is one of the most decorated citizens of Victoria. As a result of his community leadership, he has received the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia among much other recognition. Mel was a Vice President of Expo ’86 and Chair of the Board of Governors of the 1994 Commonwealth Games. He sold his radio stations in Victoria and Kelowna concluding a 60-year career in broadcasting.
Mel has been involved with the College since it was founded. Today, as Chair of the TELUS Victoria Community Board, he and the Board have been financial supporters.
Mel and his wife Carmela share a joint enthusiasm for the College.
Jim was the founding Chair of the Board of The Canadian College of the Performing Arts and returns after an absence of several years.
His career spanned 35 years in post-secondary education and he retired as Vice President for Development and External Relations at the University of Victoria, and President of the University of Victoria Foundation. His responsibilities in those positions included government and community relations, alumni, communication and information services, development, and advancement services.
Prior to that, as Executive Director of Student and Ancillary Services his portfolio covered: Athletics and Recreation, Housing, Food Service, Conference Services, Health Services; Counseling, Financial Aid, Chaplaincy, International Students, Student Orientation, Student Employment, the Career and Placement Center, and the University Book Store. In 1994 Jim served as UVic’s Director of Operations for the Commonwealth Games.
Jim is an acknowledged educational leader and advocate for support services for post-secondary students. He has presented and participated in numerous workshops at regional, national, and international levels and has received national recognition awards for his work in the development and promotion of student services. Jim was also instrumental in establishing transition programmes for first year university students and has spoken on the topic at conferences in Canada, the US, and Great Britain.
Jim has taught at undergraduate and graduate levels and spear headed programmes in Faculty and Staff Development. He has completed courses from The Manitoba Center for Higher Education in university administration, strategic media relations and labor law as well as degrees from St Dunstan’s University and The University of Ottawa.
An active community member, Jim has served on the Boards of numerous cultural, non-profit, and educational associations such as, The Friends of The Royal BC Museum, The United Way, The Broadmead Covenant Society, The Broadmead Area Resident’s Society, The Canadian Bureau for International Education, World University Service of Canada, Canadian University Service Overseas, and the Canadian Heritage Arts Society.
Jim was born on the East Coast of Canada and relocated to British Columbia in 1989.
M.Ed, BN, CEC, CHE
Marguerite is a lifelong supporter of the Arts and education and a passionate crusader for the Canadian College of Performing Arts. As a health care executive, Marguerite has received numerous national and provincial recognitions for health care quality and leadership. An experienced teacher in community colleges and previous member of numerous arts and fundraising boards, Marguerite appreciates our talented faculty, staff, volunteers and board members who work to create an amazing experience for our students.
Kelly has been practising law for over 30 years, first as a sole practitioner and presently with Browne Associates. She has always had a love of singing and musical theatre. Kelly has sung in choirs since she was a child and has been a choir director for 28 years, she served as music director for many of the PACE musical productions in the Sooke School District and has been involved with the Victoria Operatic Society for a number of years. Kelly has been involved with a number of charities and not-for-profit organizations, and received national recognition for her work as an executive director. She is excited and passionate about her work with the Canadian College of Performing Arts and the opportunity to help students pursue their passion for the performing arts.
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James has been involved in financial services and management for 35 years; 14 years as an accountant and small business consultant in public practice and over 20 years as a licensed investment advisor and more recently as a portfolio manager. He has had experience with a number of not-for-profit boards.
Fay is a consultant specializing in administrative government I.T. systems. She has always had a love of dance, theatre, music and visual arts and believes in supporting both live performers and students in training for the benefit of our Canadian and local culture. Fay has been a committed volunteer for over 25 years and has been involved with the Canadian College of Performing Arts for 10 years, the Vancouver Island Cooperative Preschool Association, the 1994 Commonwealth Games, Victoria General Hospital pediatrics, alopecia areata support, and the Cordova Bay Association.
“The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them….Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due.” Churchill
Clayton is a Canadian theatre maker, producer, administrator and artist, an alumni of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, the Artistic Producer of Gotta Getta Gimmick, the Associate Producer of Spiderwebshow.ca, Canada’s only online theatrical space, and Producing Coordinator for the National Arts Centre English Theatre in Ottawa. He has worked as an artist, producer or administrator with the Belfry Theatre, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Story Theatre Company, Theatre SKAM, Intrepid Theatre and the Firehall Arts Centre among others and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics (Richmond O-Zone Stage). Clayton co-produced the 2013 Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT) Conference as well as the 2015 Study of Indigenous Theatre and the 2016-17 Cycle on Inclusion, deaf, disability and mad arts, both with the National Arts Centre.
Maureen has spent over 30 years as a leader in Occupational Health and Safety, provincially, nationally and internationally. Former President and CEO of IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) headquartered in Toronto. Maureen led IAPA in the development of its Healthy Workplace Model, which integrates leadership, physical health and safety, wellness and psychological health into organizational strategy and culture. The Healthy Workplace framework and model has been adapted and adopted by the World Health Organization as their global strategy. She is a thought leader, lecturer and presenter in, boardrooms, conferences and in the education community provincially, nationally and internationally. Maureen is a regular writer and contributor on organizational wellness and mental health for Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine. Maureen is a lifelong learner and teacher of organizational leadership, governance, and people.
Maureen is passionate about all things creative. She encourages innovation and creativity in all aspects of life and work. A lifelong love of reading, writing, visual and performing arts, she has encouraged her children to see beyond the lines.
She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership, including one of 60 Canadians to be recipients of the Inaugural Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; recognized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) for her …..”Contribution and commitment to the worldwide advancement of occupational safety and health”; the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation, also referred to as the Canada 125 Medal; Calgary YWCA Woman of Distinction in Business, Labour,and the Professions Award, Canada Safety Council National Award.
Dorothy is excited to be a part of the board for the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She has always been passionate about the Arts and how they help shape lives, create perspective, and further our understanding of the world around us. As a writer, musician, educator, and former parent of a CCPA student, Dorothy recognizes the potential of the college to help develop and prepare young people from all across Canada for meaningful and rewarding careers in the performing arts. Dorothy is a teacher at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, B.C. where she teaches senior level English. She has also been involved in fundraising efforts for various organizations over the past two decades.