Board of Directors

Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society (KVPACS) is a non-profit society managing the Rotary Centre for the Arts. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Not sure what the KVPACS does and how the RCA operates?  Click here to find out.

Thank you to our countless volunteers and supporters.

The Rotary Centre for the Arts exists thanks to those who served on committees and boards, and supported feasibility studies and fundraisers over the past years.

The KVPACS Annual General Meeting (Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society) was held on November 14, 2023 and featured a behind-the-scenes tour of our new lighting installation in the Mary Irwin Theatre led by our new Technical Director Joshua Lamb and Andrew Stauffer, Theatre Programming Director. At the meeting, we were thrilled to welcome Michelle Radcliffe and David Knapp to the Board of Directors and sad to say goodbye to outgoing Directors Liza Wood, Juergen Krieger and Roger Bizzotto. Renewed for a two year term are returning Directors Lawrence Takeuchi, Melvin Liu, Jonathan Arkle, and Anne DeWolfe. 

Jonathan Arkle begins his 2nd term as President and four Directors are continuing in the 2nd year of their two year appointment – Neil Cadger, Manik Dhir, Dave Munroe, and Allyssa Costerton-Grant.

Committee members:

Nominating: Lawrence Takeuchi, Manik Dhir, and Melvin Liu
Human Resources: Melvin Liu, Jonathan Arkle
Artistic Advisory: Neil Cadger, Anne DeWolfe
Finance & Sustainability: Dave Munroe, Anne DeWolfe, and Allyssa Costerton-Grant
Strategic Planning: Allyssa Costerton-Grant, Lawrence Takeuchi, Manik Dhir, David Knapp, and Michelle Ratcliffe
Governance: Michelle Ratcliffe, Neil Cadger, Jonathan Arkle

Community joining Committees (non-Board Members):

Strategic Planning: Dwayne Luquetta-Munoz
Finance & Sustainability: Allison Liang, Liza Wood
Artistic Advisory: Jan Donnelly, David Doody, Denise Kenney


Jonathan Arkle (BA, JD) practices as a lawyer with Doak Shirreff Lawyers LLP, a well-established law firm and long-time presence in Kelowna.  He is the fourth generation of an Okanagan based family and is actively involved in the community both within and outside of the legal sphere, often found hosting seminars within the community and speaking on a variety of legal topics.  In his free time Jonathan enjoys training for, and racing in, triathlons in the summer and is an avid skier in the winter.  He is passionate about fostering the continued growth of Kelowna’s arts and culture.

Anne DeWolfe is a marketing instructor and has taught at the University of Saskatchewan, Langara College, and Okanagan College. She has 15 years of industry experience at the Canadian National Railway in Toronto and 15 years at UBC in Vancouver, in various roles.  Anne is always delighted at how digital marketing is transforming the marketplace for consumers and organizations.  Anne has an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal and is a graduate of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. She credits Mount Allison for her keen interest in the visual and performing arts. She loves spending time wandering around art galleries, museums and attending the opera.  Anne is a past Director of the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, a past member of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and a past Director of the BC American Marketing Association. She is co-founder of the BCAMA’s Mentorship program for marketing professionals. Anne is an avid alpine and nordic skier and a keen supporter of the Arts. She spends most of her time at Big White Ski Resort with her husband Rick. They have two sons living in Vancouver. 

After ten years in the tourism industry, David embarked on a career in financial services while completing his Bachelor of Business Administration. From there, opportunities to explore new roles in start-up business development and community foundation leadership added new perspectives and experiences. He later returned to the financial services industry and is now the Director of National Business Development at CIBC, where he supports frontline teams and leaders from coast to coast. In June 2023, David completed a Master’s in Leadership from Royal Roads University. In addition to his role at CIBC, he is a Professor at Okanagan College, teaching in the business faculty. David is a theatre, dance, and performing arts enthusiast and an active member of the local music community. 

Dave Munroe is the VP, Finance & Administration at SKYTRAC, an industry-leading provider of satellite communications hardware and avionics accessories for manned and unmanned aviation. Dave previously held senior leadership roles at National Seating & Mobility Canada and BCAA, having previously obtained a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation at PwC, working both in Vancouver and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dave holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Western University (London, ON) and has also attended management programs at the Louvain School of Management (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) and Sauder School of Business (UBC).

An avid musician, Dave currently plays tuba with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Kelowna City Band, having previously played with the British Columbia Regiment Band (Vancouver) and other groups in Canada and The Netherlands. Dave settled in Kelowna in 2021 with his wife and daughter and looks forward to contributing to the arts in the Okanagan Valley as a musician and member of the RCA board.

Manik joined the Board as a Director in 2018 and sits on the Strategic Steering and Nomination Committee. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with a mixed portfolio of businesses and commercial real estate holdings. He is a strong believer of continuous improvement as such recently completed his Master's Degree in Management from UBC Okanagan. Manik is also one of the honourees of Top 40 under 40 award for 2020 and has also been featured on the cover page for Convenience Store News magazine. He is actively involved in our community and is currently also serving as a director on the board of KGH Foundation.

In his spare time you can find him with his wife and daughter enjoying the picturesque Okanagan.

 

After graduating from the Lecoq Theatre School in Paris in 1984, Neil Cadger co-founded Wissel Theatre in Gent, Belgium. Wissel Theatre devised performances and toured Europe and North America for a decade (The Kitchen in New York, the ICA in London, the Shaffy Theatre in Amsterdam). He subsequently performed in Europe with theatre/dance companies such as Co. Mossoux-Bonte (B) and Karine Ponties (Dame de Pic)(B) and in Canada with One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre.

He taught in the Drama Department at the U of Saskatchewan for 5 years then moved to Kelowna and started the BFA Interdisciplinary Performance program at UBC Okanagan in 2005. 

In 2017, after presenting national and international performances in Kelowna for 6 years Cadger founded the Living Things International Arts Festival.  Living Things is an annual mid-winter performance festival in Kelowna with a focus on ‘animation’.  Through the presentation of hand puppets, shadow play & marionettes, animated films, animated objects & interactive installations, Living Things explores our relationship with the ‘inanimate’ world.  

He continues to devise performances with students, colleagues & independent artists.

Melvin Liu is currently a Human Resources Manager for Interior Savings and has been a HR Professional for over 15 years in both the Private and Public sectors.  He completed his BBA from Thompson Rivers University and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).  He is excited learn more about KVPACS and to contribute, celebrate and promote the Arts.

Melvin and his wife Stephanie have lived in Kelowna for more than 20 years and enjoys the active lifestyle the Okanagan has to offer.  He appreciates the value the Kelowna Cultural District offers to the local community and tourists.  Melvin loves to travel and exploring everything this world has to offer, however he believes that there is no place in the world that compares to the Okanagan, specifically Kelowna.

Allyssa Costerton-Grant joined the KVPAC Board in 2022, and she is a member of the governance committee. 

Allyssa’s career has been dedicated to working in higher education, and for the last 10 years she has worked in progressive roles at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Throughout her career, she has been fortunate to gain experience across several different Faculties, first as a communications professional, and since 2018, managing strategic initiatives where she was responsible for translating goals and vision to practice. 

Allyssa completed her Bachelor of Professional Communications before earning a Masters of Management from the University of British Columbia. She is currently a doctoral student with the Edinburgh Business School, where her research explores community engagement. 

Outside of the office, Allyssa is an active member of the community and a longstanding volunteer for several organizations; including, serving as a director for the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation board of directors.

Lawrence Takeuchi has previous Board of Director experience in the areas of Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Addictions. He has served on the Board with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Kamloops Branch), and locally in Kelowna with the Third Space Charity (which raises funds to support Mental Health Counseling for young adults). He is a semi-retired Physician with specialties in both Anesthesiology and ICU (Critical Care Medicine). Academically, during his career he served as an associate Clinical Professor with McMaster University and the University of British Columbia. Administratively, he served on numerous provincial and national committees related to Education and Health Services. It is an honor for him to venture into a new era supporting the Arts and Culture in Kelowna, with the Board of Directors for the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society.

Michelle is a sustainable tourism champion, known for her ability to integrate sustainability into corporate strategy and capacity building for the tourism sector. Her company, Alpenglow Strategies is making tourism a force for good.  She relocated to the Okanagan in 2022, bringing with her a passion for community along with a strong background in tourism, strategic planning, and business development.  As general manager of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, Michelle drove strategy and collaboration that elevated the resort economy and fostered business resilience. In 2020 Michelle earned a certificate in Sustainable Tourism from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, deepening her ability to bring a triple bottom line lens to both the visitor economy and the broader business community. 

Michelle studied communications and culture at the University of Calgary and began her career working on the bid for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has worked with world class hospitality brands including Predator Ridge Resort, OPUS Hotels, The Dorchester Hotel in London, England and Pinnacle International. Michelle spent several years as chair of the board for Arts Whistler and is an enthusiastic writer, penning a bi-weekly business column, THE BIG IDEA, for the Whistler Question newspaper for many years. When not writing and championing responsible tourism, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors, usually on her paddleboard or skis, depending if the season brings sun or snow.

Colleen Fitzpatrick is a public relations practitioner and community engager who has held senior roles in both for-profit and non-profit organizations in the public and private sectors. She was most recently the Director of Convocation/Associate Director Community Relations and Events at the University of Waterloo and managed Community Relations and Events at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a leading global governance think-tank. Fitzpatrick brings with her a decade of developing and showcasing visual and performing arts, and cultural programming for community engagement and education.

Fitzpatrick earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph and a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations from the University of Victoria. She is the former Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for the Public Relations program at Conestoga College, is a former PR Chair for K-W Oktoberfest honoured with the President’s medal for volunteerism and was nominated for Rogers Woman of the Year in 2015 for her passion mentoring youth.