Our Mission

Mandate :

The West Shore Arts Council serves the residents of five communities: Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Metchosin and Highlands, which form part of the Capital Regional District on Southern Vancouver Island. The population in our area is currently close to 100,000 and expected to double over the next twenty years. The West Shore Arts Council is the lead advocate for public understanding of, participation in and appreciation of the arts, culture and heritage and their valuable contribution to a vibrant community. In addition to serving the population within our communities, we act as a conduit for information exchange between other arts groups, maximizing opportunities for our members.

Our Mission :

To foster creativity, innovation, collaboration, and diversity of thought through actively engaging Westshore communities in the sharing or their art, culture and heritage in ways that are meaningful to them.

Our Vision :

Connecting the Westshore Community to the diversity of the arts, culture and heritage for all ages and abilities.

Organization :

The West Shore Arts Council is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Arts Council could not exist without its volunteers and if you would like to get to know your fellow Arts Council members better, and have some fun at the same time, please consider volunteering.

Constitution and Bylaws :

The society’s Constitution and Bylaws are in PDF due to their length.

 

Our Board

Christine Bhopalsingh - President

Christine Bhopalsingh - President

Christine's work experience has criss-crossed both the private and public sectors over the past 27 years. Her most recently held positions as Human Resources Advisor and Senior Human Resources Consultant, have informed her drive to achieving excellence by serving others.

Striving to give back to and broaden leadership in the community realm, she was the President for the India School of Dance, Music and Theatre (Winnipeg MB) from 2010-2014 and Vice president from 2008-2010.

Balancing her career and volunteer aspirations, she is also an artist currently working at the Coast Collective Gallery in Colwood once a month. This mother of three also enjoys playing the violin and writing French poetry. A recent graduate of Royal Roads University, Christine has completed a graduate certificate in Executive Coaching and is also currently working towards an International Human Resources Accreditation. Her thirst for continued personal growth has taken her into evening classes to maintain her intermediate proficiency in French and in achieving her level 3 in Reiki.

Pushing the boundaries of her comfort zone, her recent move to Victoria (August 2013) is paving the road of a new beginnings with abundance and passion for community involvement.

Tara Fenwick - Secretary

Tara Fenwick - Secretary

I recently moved back to BC from the UK, where I was Professor of Professional Education at the University of Stirling. Prior to that I was Professor and Head of Education Studies at the University of British Columbia. I also am a classically trained pianist and choral director, holding a Performers ARCT from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and began my career as a collaborative pianist and music director. I bring decades of experience as chair or member of national and institutional boards of governance. My expertise is in initiating, developing and evaluating projects, obtaining and managing grants, conducting and publishing research, and leading project teams. As an educator and researcher I am particularly enthusiastic about fostering connections between different communities, learning and diverse art forms. Now living in Metchosin, I am excited by the opportunities for these connections in the burgeoning art scene of the Westshore communities.

Stephen Green

Stephen Green Director

Stephen was raised in Ontario, and recently moved to Vancouver Island, rejoining with his family island roots that date back to the early 1800's. Greatly inspired by the vibrant love for music and the arts that BC and particularly this island have to offer, Stephen joined the Victoria Conservatory of Music as its Dean in 2012, and currently lives in Saanich with his wife Brigitta and two of their three sons, all of whom are in the arts.

Stephen holds a Performer's ARCT from the RCM in Toronto, a Bac.Mus. (Conducting) from U of T, and a M.A. (Music Directing) from the University "Mozarteum" in Salzburg, Austria. As an accomplished performer and teacher, Stephen has worked as opera chorus director and conductor at the opera in Salzburg, performing on tour across most of Europe. Upon returning to Canada with his family, Stephen worked at the RCM for 11 years, eventually as its Dean and Executive Director of the RCM's Community Music School.

With the Victoria Conservatory of Music's recent launch of their new satellite location in Westhills Langford, Stephen looks forward to supporting the growth of music education in the West Shore communities.

Shoni Robertson

Shoni Robertson Director

There are two avenues with my connection to art that have led me to be on the board of the West Shore Arts Council. I am a practicing artist, as well as an art educator. I have had numerous group and individual shows over four years in the Victoria vicinity, including a mayor's office, The Bay Centre, several public libraries, and more. Enjoy my next show starting late November 2017 at the Central Library downtown Victoria! In addition, I demonstrate and display my wares at vintage and craft shows. My Masters in Art Education from UVIC led me to teaching art as part of my assignment in a middle school for the Sooke School District. My class completed an Art Tree Project for Canada's 150th and were thanked by the Mayor! To expand, I also teach at community, adult, and youth/children events. Keep Creating!

Shoni has been involved with many boards, particularly relevant is previously being on the executive of the (now) Victoria Arts Council.

Joshua Schmidt

Joshua Schmidt - Director

I am a serial social entrepreneur and organizational development specialist with nearly a decade of practical experience spanning several industries and roles.

My passion is to empower communities to take leadership in their local economy and facilitating the growth and creation of world changing social ventures. Whether it is an individual building a small community garden or an organization redefining global standards, I want to empower them to reach their vision. I believe in collaborative practice and specialize in social enterprise.

Some areas of my expertise include; strategic planning; organizational development with a focus on Social Enterprise; event planning; grant writing; navigating municipal & provincial Government frameworks; communications and PR; grassroots based marketing initiatives; Corporate GHG inventories and reduction strategies.

Steffen Preusser

Steffen Preusser - Director

Steffen Preusser plays a supportive role in promoting the arts. In the past, he has built stage sets and helped put on theatrical productions. At the West Shore Arts Council, he contributes by writing grants and volunteering. In his other life, Steffen is a chemist with international experience in biofuels, including 9 years at the Canadian Embassy in Germany and 8+ years as a biofuels consultant in Malaysia. He currently works as a sustainability consultant for a BC green-energy startup.

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