Board of Directors 2017-2018
Olivia received her art education at L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Montreal where she studied under Arthur Lismer of the Group of Seven. She then moved to Vancouver and completed her studies at the Vancouver School of Art, now Emily Carr Institute of Art Design. After many years engaged in a challenging career in visual merchandising, she returned to my first love: art. The past few years have brought her back full circle to her Irish roots. She once again experienced the healing creativity and amazing folklore that she was immersed in as a child. Community is important to Olivia: she volunteers, teaches and is on the board of the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. She continues to volunteer and teach. Her work is in collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Born in Lima, Peru, Monica immigrated to Canada in 1976 where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. Throughout her career, Monica has worked in the public and private sector in real estate, land development, environmental and tourism issues, and economic development, and treaty negotiations with First Nations in BC and Alberta. She lives in Vancouver and has traveled extensively throughout the world studying different art forms. In 2013 she obtained her Fine Art Certificate from Emily Carr University of Art and Designs, where she is currently enrolled in the Advanced Study Certificate program, in painting. As a mixed-media artist, her paintings have been exhibited at numerous galleries in BC’s Lower Mainland and are in private collections internationally. Monica believes strongly in the multidisciplinary and multicultural potential of the arts council to encourage a broad range of people to participate in culturally enriching programmes and activities.
Colin Lawrence lived in Edinburgh, Scotland before moving to Canada in 1967 and in 1972 settled in North Vancouver. Now retired, after teaching Mathematics at BCIT, he volunteers at NVCAC, enjoys hiking in the North Shore mountains and is an avid reader. Colin’s love of books led at an early age to his discovering libraries and eventually to the North Vancouver District Library Board which he chaired for three years. He is a regular theatre-goer and now, with his attendance at the NVCAC Film Series, he has learned to have a greater appreciation of that medium. Colin’s interest in science continues and, for a number of years, was on the Board of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science.
David obtained a law degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and has since practiced business law in Vancouver. Involved with the business and legal community, David has worked on many complex projects such as hospitals and educational institutions. Many projects involve multiple parties with private and public objectives to be reconciled. Raising a family with his wife in North Vancouver, he has enjoyed the programming and events of the NVCAC, notably the art rental programme and the Anonymous Art Show. David is supportive of the organization’s efforts in bringing art to the community in interesting and unexpected ways, creating a feeling that North Vancouver is a real community where people of all ages live, work, create and grow.
Born and raised in Iran, Effat was part of an art-loving family. From childhood, she expressed her feelings and thoughts through her art – painting, writing and poetry became a form of release for her. From a very early age, Effat volunteered with several organizations: she taught underprivileged children working for UNICEF and also taught illiterate women in the villages of Iran. In Iran’s Governor House, she worked with immigrants and refugees to help them lead a successful life in a new country. Effat obtained a Bachelor in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Design. Since moving to Canada in 1983, she has worked in diverse fields such as interior design and customer service while raising her two daughters. She has fully integrated herself within her community and has volunteered her time with autistic children as well as organizations such as North Vancouver Community Art Council. She is currently volunteering with Immigrant Services Society (ISS of BC) as a facilitator and a member of the advisory committee for refugee and immigrant women who are new to Canada. She also volunteers as a counselor with the North Shore Seniors Peer Support and Hamrahan Iranian Seniors Support. Her creative oil and acrylic paintings vary from landscapes and architecture to portraits and realistic life subjects. Art has not only become a creative outlet for Effat but a true passion in life.
With a Masters in Public Affairs from the Université Laval, Etienne is a senior economist for the Government of Canada with a background in public policy. In addition to his career, Etienne is personally motivated by a conviction that art can be a critical tool for social integration and social development, especially for children and youth. This is why he began volunteering for the North Vancouver Community Arts Council shortly after his arrival from Ottawa, Ontario in 2016. Etienne also volunteers with the Young Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery and was recently appointed to the City of North Vancouver Social Planning Advisory Committee. With his professional background and personal interests, Etienne is looking forward to working with the NVCAC to help build a strategic vision for the organization, while strengthening the economic case for arts in the community.
Dr. Laurel Parsons is a music theorist, pianist, and harpsichordist who has taught at universities in Canada and the United States, most recently the University of Victoria. Her research is published in several books and scholarly journals, and the first of her four-volume collection Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers was published by Oxford University Press in April, 2016. She has been volunteering with the NVCAC since 1993, and over this time served a total of nine years as Chair of the Board of Directors. Laurel has lived in Deep Cove-Seymour with her husband and four children since 1986.
Sandrine obtained her Masters of Natural Science degree at the University of Rouen, France and has been working as a professional visual artist since she moved to Canada in 1998. She is very involved in the community, as co-founder of the North Shore Arts Crawl and co-founder of a weekly life-drawing group. Furthering her own career as a professional visual artist and instructor, Sandrine has extensive experience in marketing and events planning. She has a keen interest in community art projects that make the North Shore an exciting place to live, with many opportunities to connect the general public with artists.
Don is a long time member of the North Shore community – both personally and professionally. He and his wife established their home in Deep Cove in 1985 and went on to raise two boys in the Cove. Now empty nesters we continue to reside in our Deep Cove Cottage and enjoy every minute of living in this unique community.
After graduation from the University of B.C. School of Social Work in 1982, Don worked for several years in the field of adolescent offenders, assessment and treatment planning. In 1988, he joined the North Shore Neighbourhood House as Executive Director, where he remained for almost 25 years. I retired in 2011 to enjoy “a life of leisure” which entails a never ending list of chores, gardening, trying to learn to paint (watercolours), walking the dog, and a wee bit of consulting to a couple of non-profit organizations in the area of labour relations, collective bargaining and public relations.