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

Patricia Ainslie

Patricia Ainslie

Past President and Founder

Retired museum vice-president

Myles Bruckal

Myles Bruckal

2nd Vice President

Business leader in development and construction; Founder of Ballet Kelowna

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

Laura Doncom

Laura Doncom

Vice-President

Retired dancer; founding member of Ballet Kelowna

David Thomas

David Thomas

Director

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

Yvonne Turgeon

Yvonne Turgeon

Director

Communications consultant; local journalist and editor; publisher of TRENDS magazine

Ginette Williams

Ginette Williams

Director

Retired federal Department of Justice lawyer; past president of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

Advisers

• Nicole Baer, Communications & Media consultant, website content

• Hazel Christie – Retired City of Kelowna planner

• Ezra Cipes – CEO, Summerhill Pyramid Winery

• Maria Correia – PhD. Candidate, UCBO

• Aaron Dow – Partner, Farris LLP

• Phil Johnson – Radio broadcaster

• Janice Liebe – Retired architect

• Walley Lightbody – Retired lawyer and Philanthropist

• Ron McDougall – Mass timber specialist, Structurlam

• Susan McIntyre – Human Resources and Strategic Planning consultant

• Lane Merrifield – Founder, Wheelhouse Ventures

• Alison Moore – Partner, OOMPH! Consulting

 

• June Nicolay – Past Chair, Opera Kelowna; Vice President, Kelowna Art Gallery

• Ruth O’Doherty – Theatre producer and presenter

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

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

• Brigitte Reimer – Past President, Chamber Music Kelowna

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

• Tammy Sweeney – CEO, TCU Place, Saskatoon

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

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

• Abbey Westbury – Cultural heritage communications consultant

 

 

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

• Anna Jacyszyn – Stage professional

• Richard Knight – KnightKnight Productions

• 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