Shara Nixon, President
Shara Nixon is an active community volunteer and supporter of the Arts. In addition to her volunteer work, Shara is a business support consultant specializing in real estate, legal, compliance and marketing. Her clients range from the pharmaceutical sector, manufacturing sector, international business exporting and the agri-tourism sector. Her past experience as an event coordinator and caterer assists groups in their fundraising and community events. Shara is active in the political arena both locally, provincially and federally. She is a public speaker specializing in volunteer management, special education for special needs children and event fundraising. Shara’s super-power is in connecting like-minded people and galvanizing a team with a clear goal and plan. She is action oriented and results driven. She is a leader that believes that good leaders create new leaders.
Lesley Jones, Vice President
Her love of singing and the arts coupled with her dedication to customer satisfaction makes her a perfect fit for our board.
Combining her initial career as a Phys. Ed Teacher and her work as a Contract Manager, she bring great skills to the table both as an Educator and as a goal-oriented, time-sensitive, budget-conscious project manager.
Lesley loves music and she is often singing. Her experience with Gracenotes, an acapella quintet along with her time on stage as part of the chorus with RCTC, give her a unique perspective into applying business principles to the arts.
Lesley is an avid golfer. Dedicated to a healthy active and mentally challenging lifestyle, she is life-long learner and the role model for those wishing to live a life rich with experiences.
Golf and singing with the Gracenotes, acapella quintet She supports the arts, healthy living, model for a 70 year old, many people have said you are my role model.
Shirley Jensen, Treasurer
The heart and core of any organization is its ability to manage its numbers and we have Shirley Jensen to keep us on the straight and narrow. Shirley is a professional bookkeeper with multiple clients in the lower mainland. She is an active community volunteer. In addition to keeping us in order, Shirley has assisted the Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Crime Prevention Society in staying on top of the financial needs. Shirley is a valuable asset to the board both with her knowledge of finances but also with her generous heart and positive spirit.
Wai C. Liu, Secretary
Wai brings more than 20 years of business and management experience to RCTC having led numerous business and technology teams in banking, telecommunications and now transportation.
Currently a Manager of Business Technology with TransLink, Wai provides leadership and strategic direction to his teams in delivering technology solutions and support to all operational business units in Metro Vancouver. Prior to this, Wai provided project management oversight to medium and large telecommunications projects for TELUS including projects like TELUS TV.
Wai began his career in banking with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in Hong Kong, then UK and eventually Singapore and was instrumental in implementing a risk and profitability and analysis program at SCB.
He is also involved with Emergency Planning and Preparation activities in Vancouver and also volunteers with the Vancouver Emergency Community Telecommunications Organization (VECTOR), an organization focused on planning, building, maintaining and operating communication facilities for disaster and routine community service.
Wai is bilingual in Chinese and holds a Bachelor of Science (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) from University of British Columbia and a Master of Business Administration degree (Sauder School of Business) from the University of British Columbia.
Directors At Large
Geoff was born in the UK and entered the entertainment industry at a very early age, following a family tradition. He obtained a degree in optics and in the late 60s he and Ellie King formed a band called Silhouette working at one of the top UK night clubs, and later touring Europe. Geoff and Ellie married in Jersey, Channel Islands and, after the birth of two sons, moved to British Columbia in 1982. Geoff has served as technical director of the Raymond Burr Theatre, the Royal Canadian Theatre Company, and the Evergreen Cultural Centre, becoming executive director at the latter.
Born and raised in Vancouver BC, Julian is a lifelong theatre rat who makes a nest in every studio and stage that are foolish enough to leave the doors unlocked. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts from Capilano University and 13 years experience working on community and professional theatre productions (including with Royal Canadian Theatre Company.) In addition to his work as an artist and technician, he has served a variety of arts organizations as Co-Artistic Director of Two Gentlemen of Vancouver, Assistant Managing Director of Dapper Jumpsuit Youth Theatre, and on the Board of Alchemy Theatre. Currently, he works as a freelance theatre artist, technician, and arts educator, is Massey Theatre’s Youth Arts Programmer, and produces work with two theatre ensembles that he co-founded: A Bunch of Actors Collective and feminist collective Bread is Not Enough. After two years of working on Royal Canadian productions, he is incredibly proud to be joining the Board to help shepherd the company during this time of exciting growth.
Stephen has been involved in theatre in many capacities for about sixteen years. He is one of the co-founders and producers of Shadows and Dreams Theatre Co. He has been an actor, director, lighting designer and tech, and stage manager. He has been the resident fight director for Royal Canadian Theatre company for the last eleven years, and has done fight choreography for Shadows and Dreams and several other companies.