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 60’s 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.
Greg has a broad ranging background in operations and technical management enjoying the experiences of team work in the development of new initiatives and programs and always learning much along the way. Joining the RCTC Board is a new direction inspired by a lifelong love of live theatre. A marine engineer who grew up locally, he spent years at sea before settling on the west coast to serve in various capacities with BC Ferries and as a Director with the Engineering team for the past 15 years.
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.
From a very early start on the stage as Oliver in a musical production of Oliver Twist back in elementary school Linda was bitten by Theatre bug. Fast forward to today with a career in hospitality management that spans 38 years and three major hotel chains Linda brings a unique service first perspective to business. As Director of Catering and Event Management at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford hotel Linda feels blessed every day to have a job that allows the exploration of creativity while helping others to reach their potential. She firmly believes that healthy business relationships start with roots embedded in community engagement, she is an active supporter for the growth of Arts & Culture in business, Child advocacy and the Surrey Food Bank and a community volunteer who is proud to be a member of the Surrey Business Community.
I have been involved in live theatre since high school (A very long time ago in a galaxy far, far away). I was one of the youngest presidents of Surrey Little Theatre and served 2 terms. I started directing theatre at that time – also directing shows in Kamloops, Prince George, and Nova Scotia. I take theatre with me everywhere I travel. It was a privilege to work with Ellie on her Panto’s which enticed me to do what I can to support this amazing group of people and the various programs they run. My only hope that my contributions will make a difference.
Sharon Haasdyk, CPA, CGA
Sharon has long been an advocate of providing opportunities to children to learn responsibility for themselves and to others, because this is how confidence and self-esteem are developed, and from there, anything is possible. She is also a strong believer in the importance of a vibrant, active, healthy community. When her two children were accepted in the ensemble for RCTC’s Sleeping Beauty Panto in 2013, she was excited to find this organization that shares the same values.
Sharon is a designated accountant, and has had experience in public practice, industry and municipal work. She is currently a contract accountant, providing services to two CPA firms, and is a part time Controller at Innovative Circuit Technology Ltd.
Her volunteer history includes five years with Girl Guides of Canada – Clover Ridge District. Three years of this time was spent as the District Treasurer. She has been a volunteer member of two strata councils, and helps out with her children’s schools as she can. She has volunteered as Front of House staff for RCTC for the last five years, and is looking forward to making her contribution as a Board Member.