Elected as Directors by Dance Victoria Society members at the Annual General Meeting on Nov 1, 2020, the Board is actively involved in ensuring the organization maintains its position in the community as an innovative and financially sound contributor to the local, regional and national dance milieu.
Susan Howard is Development Director at Victoria Women’s Transition House, an emergency shelter with support programs for women and children leaving abusive family situations. Trained as a classical ballet dancer at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, she turned her passion for performance to non-profit income development. Susan has more than 20 years non-profit leadership experience in communities across Canada in fund and community development, marketing, communications and board and executive management. A graduate of SFU with a degree in business and liberal studies, Susan has a deep passion and love of the arts, particularly dance, and is honoured to serve on the Board of Dance Victoria.
An experienced lawyer and dance enthusiast, Rob Millar comes to Victoria via Alberta and Quebec. Rob went to the University of Calgary for undergraduate work, and taught in Alberta for several years before continuing with law studies at McGill University. Rob was called to the Bar in Alberta in 1992, and had a private practice in Red Deer, Alberta for ten years. After moving with his young family to Quebec for several years, accumulating business and entrepreneurial experience there and later in BC, Rob resumed legal work in Victoria in 2013 and is currently with Jawl Bundon LLP, practicing in the areas of business and commercial law. Rob advises on real estate and financing transactions, including development and subdivision matters, strata development, and real estate purchases and sales of all kinds. For businesses looking to grow, organically or by acquiring other businesses, Rob advises on business purchase and sale, financing and capitalization. For owners looking to sell and retire, Rob has experience in helping owners with general business succession or exit planning for their small or medium-sized business. Rob is married to Johanne Boucher, a Grade 2 French Immersion teacher, and together, they have two adult daughters – one of whom lives and studies in Victoria and the other who is in New York, where she is in her second year of training in dance with the Ailey School, the official school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Emily is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. She is a Senior Analyst in the Internal Audit department at BCI, working to ensure that the organization’s key controls are designed and implemented effectively. Previous to this, Emily was a Senior Accountant at KPMG, providing accounting and auditing services for NPOs, local government, and private businesses in various industries. Emily has earned her Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting.
Emily has developed a strong passion in dance and the arts from many years of dance and painting classes she took growing up. She is excited for the opportunity to contribute as a board member for Dance Victoria.
Colette is Principal of Castle Consulting, a consultancy to government, industry and the non-governmental organization (NGO) sector. She is a former critical care nurse at Vancouver General Hospital and an advocate for home educators, lobbying to the Ministry of Education, school boards, and Social Services offices on their behalf. Colette was Founder and President of the Vancouver Island Water Polo Association (2011 to 2013).She also served as Board President for the Vancouver Island School of Art (2014-2018) and currently serves on the board of Victoria Arts Council.She is heavily involved in annual fundraising for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Promise Gala, and for the BC Cancer Foundation. She is excited for the opportunity to contribute as a board member for Dance Victoria.
Fran comes to the board with a keen interest in the arts, dance, social justice and advocacy. She is a social worker and Faculty Emerita at Langara College in Vancouver. Throughout her career, she has been an activist in the field of children’s rights and violence against women and has served on a number of boards and committees that advocated for children, youth, women and the most vulnerable. She chaired the board for the Judith Marcuse Dance Company in Vancouver for a number of years and is very passionate about mentoring and supporting young people both in the arts and in the social justice movement. She is currently a member of the Victoria Shoah Committee which is dedicated to both remembering the Holocaust and educating young people and the greater community as a way of promoting peace and tolerance amongst us. Since moving to Victoria she has been very delighted with the performances of Dance Victoria and is passionate about supporting the organization as it moves forward into a vibrant future.
Stacey Horton is an independent dance and theatre artist working and living on Lekwungen Territory. She completed her BFA in dance and theatre at Simon Fraser University and has been working as a professional performer, choreographer and teacher for over 25 years. Horton is the winner of the 2018 Chrystal Dance Prize for Independent Artists, allowing her to present her interdisciplinary dance performance, Concussion, in Berlin at ada Studios. Stacey was also supported by Dance Victoria’s LOLA projects in 2008 to create a solo show that turned into a dance film and was screened in Canada, the USA, Australia and Canary Islands. Further original choreographies have been presented by Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Gambling Soles Productions (Vancouver), Dance Explosions (Calgary), Under Construction Series (Seattle), and by Bounce and Suddenly Dance Theatre (Victoria). She is currently on faculty at the Canadian College of Performing Arts teaching and mentoring students in physical theatre and interdisciplinary creation.