Leading and stewarding the ongoing development and sustainability of ARC, the Board of Directors meets regularly during the season. ARC is a vibrant non-profit organization that pursues its vision and mission with passion and perseverance, guided by a strategic plan and supported by the Artistic Director and Executive Director. We invite Individuals with experience on a board, or those seeking to develop their leadership skills to be considered for a position on ARC's board.
Please direct your expressions of interest to the Executive Director for consideration at the ARC Annual General Meeting held each year in October.
Board of Directors
Carleen is a born and raised Calgarian. She attended the University of Lethbridge where she achieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media and is now a graphic designer for a Real Estate brokerage.
Carleen has been singing her entire life and finds sharing her voice, both solo or with a choir, extremely exhilarating and something she can never stop doing. Her favourite things about ARC: the people and the amazing productions that consistently get better every year! Carleen's favourite song is: "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine,
Bri is a Calgarian through and through (minus a brief stint out to the maritimes for school). She has education in Recreation Management and Community Development; Disaster and Emergency Management; and Business Administration. She currently works in healthcare doing long-range strategic planning.
Bri has been singing in choirs and part of other musical pursuits for multiple decades. The opportunity to sing and make music with others is a true place of joy for Bri. She is grateful to be part of the ARCS community and is excited to be part of the future of this organization!
Sara grew up in New Brunswick. She moved to Calgary from Toronto in 2016 and is currently a lawyer with the City of Calgary.
She is excited about the community that ARC has formed and to be a part of it. Sara believes that singing is a beautiful way to express yourself and connect with other people, both those you sing with and those you sing for! Although It's too hard for her to pick just one favourite song, it might be "Edelweiss" from the movie The Sound of Music.
Annette grew up in Cherryville, a remote community in the North Okanagan Valley. As today's amenities were not always available as she was growing up, the arrival of electricity, running water and indoor plumbing when she was 9 caused her great excitement!
Life was simple for Annette and her siblings, and hard work for her parents. Their education was basic – the 3 R's – and family was (and still is) very important. Music and singing were always present at her family and community functions.
Annette loves that the ARC choirs get together for the purpose of singing in community, as she believes it is a fundamentally good thing to do, for ourselves and for the world we inhabit. She cites several favourite songs, including ‘Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong, ‘Fly Me to the Moon' by Sinatra and ‘Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen.
Patrick has lived his entire life in Calgary, save for a short stint in Edmonton, where he attended the University of Alberta. With a business education in hand, Patrick has worked for both RBC and ATB since graduation, the latter he continues to work for today. Patrick has continued his financial education having completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Wealth Management Essentials course.
Drawn to ARC by his partner's participation, Patrick has come to appreciate the atmosphere ARC has created and the strong sense of community it has been able to foster. Patrick's favourite song is "Governess Shadow" by July Talk.
Heather was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With education and experience in Foods and Nutrition, the lure of the mountains brought her out to Banff to work at a hotel. A year later, she settled in Calgary, where she currently works as a health and safety professional. Music and choir have always been a part of Heather's life, as she started singing in choirs at school, the church and joined the Winnipeg Girl's Choir to gain more training and experience.
Heather says that ARC is a welcoming community that helps to build friendship, confidence and music skills and the opportunity to share our gifts (and hard work) with others. Music and singing are great opportunities to share emotion and a story through sound and to challenge yourself in learning new skills and songs.
While her music tastes are eclectic, Heather always comes back to the old Broadway musical records she had in her collection; Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, Mary Poppins and Phantom of the Opera to name a few!
Tina was born in Hobart, Tasmania - almost the furthest south you can go on the planet! She is a traveller, a therapist, a gardener and a water colour painter - things she likes to combine when taking in the sights and sounds of a new place!
She says her favourite thing about ARC is “the community and eagerness to do something in common, something shared. The excitement and challenge of live performances. The huge satisfaction and joy of hearing that harmony once we all get it together!”
Music has always been a part of Tina's life. She fondly remembers singing in the car with her dad to distract from car sickness! To her, music is a way to feel and offer comfort, and her interests range from classical - especially baroque, through folk and musical theatre all the way to country! She says it's hard to beat the oldies in folk, PP&M, and John Denver.
Born in Regina, SK, Brenda and her family made Calgary their permanent home in 1980, after years of moving back and forth due to her Dad's job.
Brenda graduated with a BEd and taught elementary school until taking a career sabbatical in 2000. Re-entering the workforce in 2012, she was hired as Executive Director at a Calgary private school. In the years that followed, Brenda graduated with a MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University in 2017 and worked as Executive Director for two additional organizations before joining the ARC team in 2021.
Brenda is excited about the ARC community. She notes that “In the short time I've been with ARC, I've been impressed with the connection, enthusiasm and joy that is realized in this community.”
Finding it impossible to choose a favorite song, Brenda's go-to genres are classical (thanks to her RCM training) and jazz. Brenda feels that music is the best way to express feelings and emotions. It calms and soothes, it celebrates and motivates, it challenges and encourages growth.
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