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Board of Directors

Directors are volunteers, and serve for staggered 2-year terms. They are elected from among those nominated at WVCAC's Annual General Meetings, usually held in September or October. Vacancies arising during a term are filled by board appointment. All members are welcome to seek nomination (see Bylaw 4.5).

Term expires at conclusion of 2020 AGM:

  • Chris Stringer
  • Don Vaughan
  • Freydis Welland, Secretary
  • Jacqui Wilkinson
  • (one vacancy)

Term expires at conclusion of 2021 AGM:

  • Ann Frost, Vice-President
  • Maryam Geesing
  • Michael Martino, Treasurer
  • William McLean
  • David Morton, President

    About the Directors

    David Morton, President

    David Morton was appointed Chair and CEO of BC Utilities Commission effective December 2015. Prior to his appointment as Chair, he served as Commissioner from 2010-2015. David also has over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology sector. He has his Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Toronto; Professional Engineer (British Columbia); Licentiate in Accounting, Society of Management Accountants Canada; certified with the ICD.D designation in 2013 by the Institute of Corporate Directors. David joined the Board of the WVCAC in 2010.

    Ann Frost, Vice-President

    Ann Frost, a long time West Vancouver resident, has always had an interest in the Arts. An instructor at Douglas College for many years, she has been active on many boards and community groups, and she brings that experience to her position on the WVCAC. Ann joined the Board of the WVCAC in 2009.

    Michael Martino, Treasurer

    Michael Martino is recently retired from Intact Insurance where he served as VP Finance for two years. Prior to that he spent 12 years as the Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Direct Insurance. Michael moved to Vancouver in July 2003, having previously worked for HSBC’s insurance operation in the United States. Prior to joining HSBC, Michael worked with Household International, Beneficial Finance Corporation and Coopers and Lybrand. Michael has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Michael is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Canadian Insurance Accountants Association and Financial Executives International. Michael joined the Board of the WVCAC in 2008.

    Freydis Welland, Secretary

    Freydis Welland combines a career in the communications industry with experience in the arts, digital media, inter-governmental, and educational advisory boards, and is delighted to help WVCAC support our members musical, artistic and community interests. She currently serves as a director of the Jane Austen Society of North America, North Shore Restorative Justice, and WVCAC. Freydis joined the Board of the WVCAC in 2016.

    Don Vaughan, Director

    Don Vaughan graduated from the University of Oregon in 1964 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. That same year he came to Vancouver to begin his landscape architecture career. In 1974 he started his own firm, Don Vaughan & Associates Ltd. In 1986 he turned his firm over to his partner and entered Emily Carr College of Art and Design. His focus was on Public Art. Don serves on the Ambleside Waterfront Park Working Group, the West Van Public Art Committee and is a past member of the West Vancouver Arts and Cultural Strategy Committee. Having formerly served on WVCAC's Board (including as Vice President for several years), Don returned to the Board in 2019. He looks forward to involvement in the District's planning for Ambleside Park, and the development of the proposed Community Arts Centre and the future of the Silk Purse, seeking to assuring WVCAC's needs are met.

    Maryam Geesing, Director

    Maryam Geesing moved to Canada from Germany and settled in Vancouver. She is a Persian self-taught artist who has a desire to inspire and captivate other loyal art devotees by unravelling her love for nature and culture in her art pieces. Maryam pursued a career in law becoming a paralegal, and her love of art is proven through her endless help in the art community leading up to the WVCAC, where she is able to share her love of art with her community. Maryam joined the Board of the WVCAC in 2015.

    William McLean, Director

    William McLean moved his design practice to Vancouver after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from McGill University in 1974. In 1992, having obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from UBC, he was called to the British Columbia bar. He then combined his training in both professions, creating a career as a construction lawyer which he continued in private practice until retirement. William has represented clients in every level of court, including in the Supreme Court of Canada. Spurred by his continuing interest in arts and the local community, William joined the Board of the WVCAC in 2013.

    Chris Stringer, Director

    Chris Stringer has been a West Vancouver resident for 32 years during which time he was a charter member of the Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise and served as its President for 3 terms. He founded and operated Caulfeild Cove Hall in West Vancouver for 5 years. The Hall hosts live concerts with performers such as Shari Ulrich, Barney Bentall, Nearly Neil and Valdi, as well dances, pub quiz evenings and classical music recitals. Proceeds from the events supported North Shore charities.   He publishes The Beacon community newspaper that is distributed to 5000 homes from West Bay to Lions Bay. 40 years ago, Chris co-founded Molly Maid, a Canadian franchise company that operates internationally. Chris joined the Board of the WVCAC in 2018.

    Jacqui Wilkinson, Director

    Jacqui Wilkinson was born in England and immigrated to Canada in 1967. She won a scholarship to the Lycée Français de Londres and belonged to the Federation of Russian Classical Ballet. She later worked as a Bilingual Executive Assistant to Chairmen and Presidents of several companies until she retired in 2010. Jacqui joined the Board of the WVCAC in 2010.

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