New blood for arts board of directors

Five new members joined the board of the Canadian Heritage Arts Society.

Five new members joined the board of the Canadian Heritage Arts Society.

At its annual general meeting on Saturday, Sept. 20 new members Julie Sanderson, philanthropist and co-owner of The Island I.T.; Ian Troup, District VP, South Vancouver Island for TD Canada Trust; acclaimed Canadian actor-director Scott Hylands; Fay Melling, President, Senior Business Analyst, Project Manager at Arcana Consulting Inc.; and award-winning Broadway casting agent and Canadian College of Performing Arts alumnus Duncan Stewart, joined the board.

This board is tasked with supporting the  Canadian College of Performing Arts  as it continues to develop into the pre-eminent national training centre for the performing arts in Canada.

“The proven quality of our training program benefits not only our students but the Greater Victoria community in so many ways,” said incoming president Marguerite Rowe. “We continue to develop plans for a new home and are looking for other champions of the community to be a part of this amazing legacy for Vancouver Island.”

Rowe welcomed back, Keith Elwood as vice president, Kent Fullarton as treasurer, Kelly Orr as secretary and fellow board members Barry Bowman, Rod Windjack and Ray Spencer. During the annual general meeting, Rowe provided an overview of a challenging, but ultimately successful year, that included stellar student productions at the college and throughout the community. Rowe and college director Ron Schuster thanked the department of Canadian Heritage, the BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, BC Arts Council, corporate sponsors and individual donors for their continued support and celebrated the end of the 2013-14 year with a balanced budget.

The Canadian College of Performing Arts is a national training centre of excellence in performing arts training owned by the Canadian Heritage Arts Society. Students receive training in the key performance disciplines of acting, voice and dance and in a broad spectrum of skills to prepare them for local, national or international careers.

For more information go to ccpacanada.com.