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Meet the Team

Since our founding in 2021, Arts & Culture Society has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our Board, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our Board members below.

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Laura Davis

President

Laura values Arts & Culture as a catalyst to effect change and make a difference in people's lives.  Her passion is with the arts and as a classically trained soprano for many years she has seen the power of the arts in healing, bringing community together as well as providing a platform for sheer entertainment/experience.  Laura is a retired Governmental Accountant, City & Borough of Juneau, Alaska.  where she compiled the City’s Annual Financial Statement / Budget which received awards from GFOA and MFOA.  Five years education and training as a Classical Soprano.  Laura has been a Soloist for Choirs and Ensembles for 15 years.  She also was an Administrative Officer for the Juneau International Airport.  Consultant for Not for profit organizations, charities, small business.  Laura retired Finance Officer - Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue HQ in 2018.  Past President, Treasurer, Director - West Shore Arts Council 2013 – 2018. Laura is the founding member and current President of the Arts & Culture Colwood Society.

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Deborah Czernecky

Vice President

Deborah is an Elected Member of the Society of Canadian Artists and an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.  Deborah has produced a divers body of "en plein air" work reflecting her travels in Canada.  Ducks Unlimited selected her work "Morning Row" for its 2018 Art Portfolio.  In addition to being an accomplished painter, Deborah has been active on numerous Art Organizations Boards, including a founding member of the Coast Collective Art Centre

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Deidre Moran, CPA, CGA

Treasurer

Deidre is a retired CPA CGA whose career involved private sector, Province of BC government and not-for-profit and charity employment and volunteer roles spanning 40 years.  She has spent most of her life on southern Vancouver Island and is especially enamored with the beauty and history of Colwood.  Deidre wants to connect her neighbours with the restorative nature of the arts and enrich the lives of the people in her community through her involvement with this society.

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Christine Millar Chase, B.Ed, B.A. Hons, M.A.

Secretary

Christine has over 30 years experience in education, and extensive experience as an events coordinator.  She has volunteered in a variety of capacities: as an arts docent and program coordinator -Mackenzie Art Gallery, treasurer for youth Tennis Club Regina, convener of interest groups, committee chair, Vice President Newcomers Club of Greater Victoria and Chairperson, Secretary for another local Arts Organization.   Christine is now a research and writing consultant and tutors private students.  Christine has a B.Ed., and have Honors B.A. and a Master of Arts from the University of Regina.

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Holly Jeffery

Director

Holly is a retired Real Estate Agent and now an avid painter.  She has been an active volunteer for the Victoria Art Gallery and art in the classroom.  Exhibiting in the Sooke Fine Arts Show and also the Victoria Art Council Show she finds that art has become an important part of her life.  She looks forward to participating in the this new journey with the Arts & Culture Colwood Society.

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Wendy Ferguson

Director

Wendy retired after a career of 36 years, 28 years working in various ministries of the Province of BC Government. For most of her career, she worked in an executive environment as an Executive Assistant and Senior Executive Assistant and has extensive experience managing the administrative services of an executive office. Early in her career, Wendy worked for the Canadian Coast Guard and moved on to the Children’s Commission, Public Service Agency and the Ministry’s of Education, Advanced Education and Health. She also volunteered for the Victoria Police department. She has lived in Colwood since 2010 and is excited to participate and contribute to the Arts & Culture Colwood Society

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Farley Cates

A retired community planner and project management consultant, Farley has been active in the greater Victoria arts and cultural community since retiring here in 2016. He is a visual artist working in a number of media. He currently serves on the boards/committees of Theatre Inconnu, the Victoria International Jewish Film Festival for which he is co-director, the Centre for Inquiry Canada-Victoria, and the Victoria Culture Project, along with co-organizing a couple of speakers forums. He has also assisted other community groups and non-profits in an advisory capacity.

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