ABOUT US

Kelowna Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre Society

Known informally as Friends of KPAC, we are a volunteer organization formed to support the creation by 2026 of an exceptional new Performing Arts Centre in Kelowna’s downtown cultural district.

We are working with Kelowna’s municipal government to advance a plan to replace the Kelowna Community Theatre with an iconic new Performing Arts Centre.

We are also enlisting the performing arts community and other stakeholders to foster broad-based and sustained business and public support for the project.

Board Members

George Tozer

George Tozer

President

Financial adviser. Raised in Kelowna. Longtime community involvement in sports, the arts and business

Laura Doncom

Laura Doncom

Vice-President

Retired dancer; founding member of Ballet Kelowna

Patricia Ainslie

Patricia Ainslie

Past President and Founder

Retired museum vice-president

Stephani Bruckal

Stephani Bruckal

Secretary

Retired music therapist; founding member of Ballet Kelowna

Carol Colpitts

Carol Colpitts

Treasurer

Artist: producer, musical director, arranger, clinician; performer

Myles Bruckal

Myles Bruckal

Director

Business leader in development and construction; Founder of Ballet Kelowna

Brad Klassen

Brad Klassen

Director

CFO of Kelowna-based developer Troika Management Corp. Supporter of local music scene for more than 30 years.

David Thomas

David Thomas

Director

Successful commercial real estate professional; champion of culture and entertainment in the Okanagan.  

Advisers

• Nicole Baer, Communications & Media consultant, website content

• Hazel Christie – Retired City of Kelowna Planner

• Ezra Cipes – CEO, Summerhill Pyramid Winery

• Aaron Dow – Partner at Farris LLP

• Phil Johnson – Radio Broadcaster

• Walley Lightbody – Retired Lawyer and Philanthropist

• Susan McIntyre – MBA Human Resoures and Strategic Planning Consultant, Business owner, People in Focus Consulting Ltd.

• Lane Merrifield – Founder, Wheelhouse Ventures

• Alison Moore – Partner in OOMPH! Consulting

• Ruth O’Doherty – Theatre producer and presenter

• Mary Oldring – Founding Board Member, Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton

• Amanda Poon – President of the Kelowna Downtown Knox Mountain Neighbourhood  Association (KDKM)

• Brigitte Reimer – Past President of Chamber Music Kelowna

• Sharron Simpson – Community historian, author, and strategic advocate

• Tammy Sweeney – CEO, TCU Place, Saskatoon

• Laura Thurnheer – Associate Dean Science, Technology, Health and Social Development, Okanagan College

• Dr. Steven Tuck – President Emeritus, Okanagan College Foundation

We wish to thank the following contributors for their generous assistance towards the operational costs of our non-profit Society:

• Aaron Dow – Partner, Farris LLP
• Scotty Gamble – logo design
• Dr. Charlie and Mary Lund
• Alison Moore – Partner in OOMPH! Consulting
• Dr. Tom Ritchie – imMEDIAte productions

 HELP MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY

Visit our Community Support page to see how a new Performing Arts Centre will benefit the people and the businesses of Kelowna and the Central Okanagan.

And please consider becoming a supporter. Just sign up to our mailing list, and we’ll keep you informed of the progress of this important initiative.

Contact Us: kelownaperformingarts@gmail.com