Jane Perry, President
Jane Perry went west from Ontario to ski as a teenager and has considered herself a western Canadian since. She studied forestry at the University of Alberta, and as a summer exchange student in Finland she learned to weave on a pirta backstrap loom. Back in Edmonton, she took an after-hours weaving course during her final year of studies. After graduation, she worked as a professional forester in the Cariboo for over thirty years while enjoying weaving as a hobby. She recently switched priorities and became a full-time weaver through her business, Cariboo Handwoven.
Jane has immersed herself in local arts and culture for 35 years. She is a member of the Williams Lake Spinners and Weavers Guild, past-president and treasurer of the Cariboo Festival, and an occasional cellist playing Baroque chamber music with her musical friends.
Harry Jennings, Past President
Harry Jennings has been involved in arts and culture in Williams Lake for several years as Town Crier, Quintet Plus member, Studio Theatre actor and executive, Community Band tuba player, Community Arts Council President and Treasurer, Elvis tribute artist, Performance In The Park MC and audience member at untold events.
Christie Mayall, Vice President
Christie Mayall is a retired biology teacher. Since coming to Williams Lake twenty years ago, she has been involved in the Studio Theatre and the Medieval Market and is a big fan of the local music scene. Christie is vice president of the Williams Lake Field Naturalists, co-chair of the Williams Lake Community Council for Restorative Justice and promotions coordinator for Williams Lake Elder College. She also served for several years on the Board of the Williams Lake Hospice Society and was an active hospice volunteer.
Thomas Schoen, Treasurer
Thomas Schoen, a native of Germany, immigrated to BC in 1993 where he established the award winning Xats’ull Heritage Village as one of BC’s premier First Nations Tourism sites. He restored and successfully operated two businesses in Barkerville Historic Town: The St. George Hotel and McMahon’s Confectionery. He held contracts with HRDC to plan and facilitate long-term training programs for the Aboriginal community, formed partnerships and consulted with BC’s First Nations’ groups for the past 17 years. Tom has been involved in the Arts & Culture Sector studies and strategies for the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition and is currently the Executive Director for the Central Interior Regional Arts Council. Thomas serves as a director on the following boards: The Williams Lake Cycling Association and the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium. Previous board positions include: Island Mountain Arts, The Barkerville Advisory Committee, The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association, The Wells & District CoC, the Barkerville Merchants Society and the Wells & Area Trails Society.
Myrissa Krenzler, Secretary
Myrissa Krenzler came to Williams Lake in 2014. She grew up in northern British Columbia and completed her Bachelor of Journalism from Thompson Rivers University. After travelling the world as an English as a Second Language instructor and completing her Masters of Applied Linguistics, she came to Williams Lake to work as the marketing coordinator for Thompson Rivers University – Williams Lake Campus. One of Myrissa’s greatest passions is language and the written word and spends much of her free time reading and writing. She believes language in all forms is one of the greatest works of art the world has to offer. She also loves to volunteer and is a local Girl Guide leader. Myrissa is excited to join the CCACS and learn more about the diverse art and culture of the Cariboo Chilcotin.
Lisa Bland, Director
Bio coming soon!
Kate Lines, Director
Kate is a wonderful mix of creativity and efficiency. She travelled the world as a lounge singer on cruise ships, owned a recording studio and record label. She has toured Canada as an original songwriter and played live on Much Music. Kate has also performed as an actress, and represented Canada in the lead role of Canadian Gothic at New Zealand’s International Festival of the Arts. Would you believe she also danced for Prince Charles and Lady Dianna? More recently, Kate has completed her commerce degree and amassed a wealth of experience writing feasibility reports and business plans for social enterprises. Currently Kate is working as the Executive Director for the Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Area Association (WLCBIAA). She enjoys the constant demand for creative solutions to issues surrounding economic development. Kate believes that inclusion is the key to all good things and she is working every day to partner with all downtown stakeholders to bring the beating heart of community back into downtown core.
Rick Magnell, Director
Rick Magnell who has been living in the Cariboo region for over 33 years is a full-time senior technician for the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. In his off time he operates his photography (Magnell Photography) & videography (Pine Valley Films) business working on creative projects. He is also learning film and developing techniques through The Analog Light Project.
Miriam Schilling, Director
Miriam first came to the Cariboo Chilcotin in 2000 and spent many summers working, studying and travelling in this amazing region. She grew up in Germany and, after completing her university degree in leisure and tourism in 2007, she moved to Williams Lake. Through her position with the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association she got to know many of the region’s tourism operators and industry partners. Since 2010 Miriam has been working for the Soda Creek Indian Band north of Williams Lake, managing and promoting Xats’ull Heritage Village, the community’s tourism business. When not behind her desk, Miriam still finds time to ride horses and explore the trails and mountain ranges of the beautiful Cariboo Chilcotin.
Leah Selk, Executive Director
Leah grew up in Williams Lake and has been involved with the arts community from an early age. Shortly after graduating from Columneetza Secondary, she moved to Victoria to complete the Diploma program in Visual Arts at Camosun College, garnering a taste of a great variety of mediums. Originally having an interest in drawing, painting, and print media, she found her niche in film photography and moved to Montreal to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Photography. While attending studies in Montreal, she also worked as a technician for the University’s Photography Department, curated for the Art Matters 2008 festival, and completed two professional internships as a teacher’s assistant for Digital Photography. Leah returned to Williams Lake in 2008 to take on the position of Gallery Exhibition Coordinator for the Station House Gallery until becoming Coordinator for the CCACS in late March 2011, and now Executive Director.
Brandon Hoffman, Arts Centre Administrator
Brandon grew up and received his high school education in Williams Lake. He holds an Independent Music Producer Diploma from the Stylus College of Music and Sound Technology and a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University. He has worked as a solo recording artist, a college instructor and a multi-instrumentalist working both live and in studio in such events as the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and festivals in Campbell Bay, Osoyoos, Nelson and Victoria. Since 2008 he has had his own independent production company, Gnomegrown Music.
Brandon is available for Arts Centre bookings and inquiries on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm, and Thursdays from 1pm to 5pm.