WSAC Board of Directors
President - Laura Davis
An accountant and financial management consultant with 25 years of experience, Laura understands the power of the arts in healing and bringing community together, as well as the visitor attraction value of the arts and cultural events to regional economic development. She brings key management and fundraising skills to the arts council's continuing board team. Laura is a classically trained soprano and has performed throughout the community over the last ten years.
Vice President - Christine Bhopalsingh
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.
Treasurer - Haley Elliott
Haley was born in the Cowichan Valley and raised on Vancouver Island. She has traveled up and down the west coast from the Sunshine Coast to Southern California; she has also spent time around parts of the UK. But no matter how far she goes, or for how long, Victoria will always be home. Between photography, writing, and painting Haley is constantly searching for the next bit of inspiration to ignite her creativity.
When she's not in her art space Haley can be found downtown working as a project administrator for a local engineering firm. With 15 years experience in the business administration world Haley understands the importance of having a strong work-life balance. Granted, she tends to lean more towards work - she is making a concerted effort to make art a much higher priority in her life. As a member of the Cowichan First Nations, Haley has been fortunate enough over the past year or so to spend time with the elders in her family learning to understand a better appreciate the culture and history she comes from.
Secretary - Amber Tracey
Amber Tracey is a BC born, Victoria based artist working primarily with acrylics and dabbling with mixed media when the inspiration calls for it. Her most recent works have focused on the human form bringing her own unique style to each portrait. Her other works include landscapes, ocean scenes, and creations from her own mind that don't always fall into a category.
As Amber hasn't yet made it a habit to sell her art, she compensates for the price of art supplies by working as a legal assistant. She specializes in litigation for a law firm downtown, but has previously worked in areas such as Wills and Estates as well as Family Law. Amber is passionate about the field and constantly strives to improve her skill set and knowledge on the subject whenever possible.
Director - Stephen Green
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.
Director - Shelley Jones
Dr. Shelley Jones is Associate Professor in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University where she is Program Head of Year One. Shelley has extensive teaching and research experience at all levels (pre-primary to tertiary) in diverse international contexts (Tanzania, Uganda, Canada, England, and Japan) in the areas of gender and education, girls' and women's empowerment, literacy, educational research, and global education. Shelley has a keen interest in the arts, and has conducted art-based research as well as developed art-based curriculum. She brings to the WSAC experience the areas of in program development, event planning, and professional networking.
Director - Shoni Robertson
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.
Director - Joshua Schmidt
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.