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Our Volunteers

Pearl Ellis Gallery is a non-profit organization that operates with 100% volunteers. Our current mandate is to promote interest in and the study of visual arts, provide facilities for education and instruction in the arts, maintain a permanent arts center in the Town of Comox, and provide two annual education bursaries for high school students pursuing art as a career. We have an excellent group of volunteers, but more are always needed.

Contact information for these volunteers is available at the reception desk at Pearl Ellis Gallery.

Pearl Ellis Gallery Volunteers and Roles

Bursary Kelly Selden
Card Coordinator Rim Slim
Data Analyst (Statistics) Helmut Novak
Inventory Control Mark Jones
Membership Liaison Brenda Olinek
Membership list Bryan Walwork
Photographer (Virtual Tour) David Ballantyne
Plein Air Coordinator Elaine Smith
POS data entry Carol Schinkel
Posters Linda Graf
Publicity and Advertising Coordinator Kate Kokotailo
Social Media Coordinator/
PEG People Facebook page Administrator
Kate Bridger
Show Coordinator Carol Imai
Satellite Gallery Coordinators:
Comox Community Centre Teresa Kachanoski
Comox Library Kim McCabe
Volunteer Coordinators:
Volunteer Trainers Brenda Olinek
Volunteer Scheduling Elaine Smith 
Website and Mailchimp Liaison Judy Goffman
Website Monitor Teresa Kachanoski
Workshop Coordinator Susan Sarada and Margaret McKenzie


Please contact a Board member if any of these opportunities interest you – we need your help! Training is provided!

Position Brief Description
Comox Rec Centre Show Coordinator
  • Call out to seek members to display art for 3 month exhibits
  • Oversee changeover day, for hanging and pick up
  • Provide information to Inventory Control for entry into POS system
  • Meet with any purchaser at exhibit to pick up (and possible replace arrangement with artist)
Reception Coordinator
  • Determine catering needs for an opening reception (usually on a Saturday)
  • Purchase supplies needed within budget
  • Save all receipts and submit to treasurer
  • Use basic guidelines provided to plan and coordinate the reception
  • Attend the reception
  • Clean up
Workshop Coordinator
  • Call out for potential artists to teach a course at Pearl Ellis Gallery.
  • Arrange for the event. Book venue, set up facility, obtain coffee and snacks, tidy up after.
  • Create information packages, including posters, materials list, course outline, etc.
  • Monitor the number of individuals interested and create a waitlist if required.
  • Provide information to participants once the event is confirmed.
  • Arrange for payment to instructor and survey participants
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