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 - 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, but are equally as beautiful.
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 secretary. 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, not only on the administrative side but also regarding the law itself. At home, Amber is a wife to a very comedic husband and a mom to a sassy-but-sweet teenager, who keep her very busy with their silly antics and the never-ending mountain of laundry.
Secretary - Gail Nash
Gail worked for the Province of British Columbia for over 38 years as Registrar of Regulations, before retiring February 1, 2012. She has been involved in the arts for many years, primarily in a musical capacity. She plays oboe and cor anglais for the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, the Westshore Community Concert Band, and the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. On occasion she performs with the Cowichan Consort or the Hampton Concert Orchestra. She arranges music for and plays with a double reed quartet.
Gail is secretary on the board of MACCA (Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre Association) and for the Sooke Philharmonic Society, as well as vice president of the Westshore Community Concert Band. When she can spare a few minutes she enjoys getting her fingers dirty in the garden. To ensure every waking minute is filled, she also designs/maintains websites for several local non-profit organizations.
Director - Marg Eagle
Retired educator and flutist with the Greater Victoria Concert Band, and Secretary of the Westshore Community Concert Band, Marg understands the intrinsic value of the arts in the development of resilient and capable young people, and brings her energy, knowledge, networks and deep caring for community to support the development of a diverse and thriving West Shore cultural scene.
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