Frank Nickel, President
Since 2004, Frank has produced over 65 productions in Vancouver, is a founding member of Genus Theatre and has been a guest lecturer at Trinity Western University. Most recently, he received the 2015 John Hobday Award in Arts Management from the Canada Council for the Arts, where he engaged in a mentor-ship with Nathan Medd, Managing Director of the National Art Centre’s English Theatre. Frank started with Pacific Theatre in 2006, first as Production Manger, then as Senior Business Manager, before taking on the role of Co-General Manager. Trained as an actor, Frank holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University.
Sharon Nixon, Vice 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.
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.
Jean-Mac-Blackburn, Recording Secretary
Jean has a business background which has been varied. Being eager to bring her expertise to an organization that cares passionately about what it does whilst benefiting the community, she found this in The Royal Canadian Theatre Company. As well as being on the board as recording secretary, Jean is heavily involved in production and promotion, as well as fundraising. She volunteers for the Surrey International Children’s Festival (where she shows children how to play without electronics and also gets to play to her heart’s content!); the City of Surrey’s Fusion Fest; and is on the board of the Arts Council of Surrey. “Bringing the excitement of live theatre to people who may never have experienced it, especially children, is now a big part of my life. I am happy and proud to be a member of The Royal Canadian Theatre Company” says Jean.
Directors At Large
Barbara Gould has a lifelong love affair with words and music. At age 3 she won a talent show at the Gaiety Theatre in Halifax. When she was 10 years old she published her first poem. When Barbara retired from working in administration at BC Children’s Hospital, her a cappella quintet the “Grace Notes” performed at the Children’s telethon; they later release their lullaby CD “Baskets of Joy” with proceeds going to support the hospitals music-therapy program.
Drawing on her experience as a manager for American Airlines, Barbara’s legacy of customer service assisted her in her new role as the Administrator for the Arts Council of Surrey and as an active volunteer with other arts organizations in the city. She was a founder and mentor of the Youth Arts Council of Surrey and the Young People’s Opera Society of BC where she held the position of Executive Director.
As a visionary Barbara worked tirelessly and contributed significant personal funding to the 2008 production of the original opera “Spirit Moon”, written to mark the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation that made BC a crown colony. This inter-generational work by Young People Opera Society featured first nations’ professional opera stars and local community players.
In addition, Barbara has been the editor and senior writer for Surrey’s “Spotlight on the Arts” magazine. What started as a small newsletter to the Arts Council of Surrey’s membership has grown under her guidance to become a newsmagazine much regarded n the arts community. The creation of a lasting and sustainable arts community in the City of Surrey was solidified by her involvement in the establishment of the Newton Cultural Centre, a new and exciting community arts facility. These achievements and many others led her to receive the Surrey Civic Treasure Award in 2009.
As an RCTC board member, she is active in fundraising, administration and organizing events. She provides solid business acumen to our company structure. Barbara’s smile and unwavering determination is her trademark and RCTC benefits from her gentle support.
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.
Wai C. Liu
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.
Natasha Taylor is the mother of 2 children, one being an 11 year old girl who has benefited from the Mentorship program here at RCTC. The organization has inspired her to give back to the arts community that helps kids achieve confidence and skills that will stay with them for life.
Natasha has worked for the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce for the last two years engaging the business community and organizing networking events. She has also been an active volunteer at her children’s school as PAC president and in the community as Block Watch captain. Through her previous jobs, Natasha has experience with fundraising, and has helped organize many community events. She is task oriented and loves seeing a great idea come to life. Natasha is very excited to be on the RCTC team.