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Oak Bay resident sinks his teeth into art gallery

Dr. David Zaparinuk - Photo contributed
Dr. David Zaparinuk
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Oak Bay Dentist Dr. David Zaparinuk and former View Royal mayor Bill Camden were elected to the Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria at the Gallery’s AGM last month.

“I’m thrilled to be doing it,” said Zaparinuk. “It’s an exciting time coming up for the gallery. With the planned expansion, they’ll be able to more fully utilize the tremendous collection our gallery has. It’s been so stifled for space for so many years.”

“Together with the rest of the AGGV staff, I am delighted to welcome Bill and David, who are both passionate community advocates, to the gallery board,” said Jon Tupper, director of the AGGV. “I look forward to working with them both as we build on the AGGV’s vision in the years ahead.”

Zaparinuk, who practices on Oak Bay Avenue, is also committed to the community where he has lived for more than 40 years. He recently retired from the board of the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society after 12 years. He has also volunteered with the local United Way and within his professional associations.

“I’ve always enjoyed local, community involvement. As many or most of us do, I feel it’s important to give back to the community,” he said.

A chartered accountant, Camden served as councillor (1988-1990) and mayor of View Royal (1990-2002) as well as a director of the Capital Regional District (1989-2002). He is a founding member and managing principal of Norgaard Neale Camden Ltd.

The men will be joined on the board by Jackie Hamilton, Anne Russell, Fran Willis and Ruth Wittenberg, all re-elected for second two-year terms and previously elected members, Silvia Bonet, John Kirby, Michael Morris and Lynne Woodruff. Patti-Anne Kay and Fiona Hunter were also appointed to the board.

Zaparinuk encourages the community to get more involved with the art gallery as it expands and restores its Moss Street location.

“I look forward to community support as the project develops,” he said. “It’s an important cultural institution for the city and the province. It’s an important economic engine for the city as well – this is a tourist town – tourists enjoy the cultural institutions of Victoria. The more we help them, the more we help ourselves.”

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