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Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors.

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Teresa Kachanoski
President

 Teresa Kachanoski is a multimedia artist who recently moved to Merville, Vancouver Island from Newfoundland and Labrador. Her art practice began in Quebec where she was born in 1956. While raising a family she returned to university and completed a BFA in 2005 where she focused on drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. In her current practice she is delving into the many possibilities of felt-making.…

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Susan Sarada
Vice-President

Susan Sarada was raised in the Comox Valley, but as an adult she moved to Seattle for ten years, then Orcas Island for another ten years. She then spent 15 years in the Middle East, in Muscat, Oman, before moving back to Courtenay in the fall of 2022. She has a background in restaurants, dentistry and business management. Susan works in acrylic, watercolor and encaustic and really enjoys playing with…

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Lynne Kilpatrick
Treasurer

Lynne moved to the Comox Valley in 2023 from Toronto. She retired from a career in the Canadian financial services industry where she was a senior executive at both CIBC and BMO Financial Group. Lynne has extensive experience in marketing, communications, strategy & planning and running big businesses and operations. She has served on both for-profit and not-for-profit boards. An avid hiker and…

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Pelle Campbell
Secretary

Pelle Campbell moved to the Comox Valley in 2019, after growing up in Victoria. He works as an Intern Architect at MacDonald Hagarty Architects in Comox, where he has been working to become a registered architect since 2021, and he joined the Fire Service at Comox Fire Rescue in 2020 where he is currently a volunteer firefighter and serves on the Fundraising Committee. Pelle studied civil engineering…

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Carol Walker
Fundraising Coordinator

Carol has had a lifelong love for visual arts and design. She has worked in both advisory and staff roles with nonprofits including arts and cultural organizations. She brings to her role experience with organization planning, budgeting, program management, and funding. Carol has lived in Canada all her life and on Vancouver Island since 2006 where she delights in the beauty of the natural world.

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Lea Thompson
Marketing Coordinator

Lea Thompson grew up in the Comox Valley, has traveled extensively and lived in Europe for 8 years before returning back to the valley. Lea graduated from Emily Carr in 2011 with a BFA. She has managed her own and other people's business and has extensive experience in Marketing & in Graphic Design. A lifetime artist experimenting and working in all mediums, she is currently learning how to paint…

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Jojo Oliver Jaeger
Show Coordinator

Jojo Oliver Jaeger was raised between High Level, Alberta and 100 Mile House, British Columbia. He lived in Duncan as an adult. He then spent seven years abroad in Texas and Germany painting before returning to the Island to settle back in with his family. Jojo works with acrylic and oil paints on canvas, focusing on the queer experience as a transmasculine individual. He is the owner of Queer For…

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