It's very exciting to get to announce this! We are looking forward to continuing to build and grow the work and ideas that allow us to serve the amazing arts community we have here in the Valley.

So without further ado, we'd like to introduce and welcome:

Michele Vanderwoude, our new Development Officer.
Michele will be responsible for our charity’s fundraising campaigns, donor relationships, sponsorship, advertising sales and building a stronger financial resources for our organization. We are excited for you to meet her too! You can contact Michele directly here...

April Brass is back as our Outreach and FN Coordinator
Thanks to the BC Arts Council Professional Development funding we have the pleasure of having Ms. April Brass back with us until mid October.

Tracey Clarke has been with us since early June as our Summer Market Manager. This project is a highlight of our summer programming and Tracey has been handling the pressure like a rock star! Maybe we will get to keep her around!

Michele Vanderwoude believes arts and culture are fundamental in building strong, healthy communities, and she is bringing her communications, marketing, promotions and administration skills to support the to the CVA team and help promote and celebrate the arts and culture of the Comox Valley. 

Michele has a real thirst for knowledge and recently completed a Master of Public Administration degree program at the University of Victoria, where here final research project focused on improving arts and culture services in the Campbell River community through collaboration and partnerships with public and nonprofit organizations. Michele and her partner relocated from Victoria to the mid-Island a few years ago, and are now enjoying rural life in Oyster River with their pooch, Charlie. 

A little about Michele:

Favourite band:  Wilco
Favourite food: Pizza
Favourite beer:  St. Ambrois Apricot
Favourite memory: Taking a bus from Toronto to NYC to see Willie Nelson in a bar, sleeping on a couch at NYU for 3 hours and catching the bus back the next day.

April Dawn Brass is Swampy Cree from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, she has been makin’ stuff and doin’ stuff in the Comox Valley, BC for over 12 years and now calls Cumberland, BC  home.

April is an inter-disciplinary artist, arts administrator, and curator (just a few relevant items in her skillset).  She has been honing her various skills in the arts for over 35 years and believes leading with the intentions of the future.