Board of Directors

 Dave Gurd, Chair

Dave Gurd has recently returned to Vancouver, retiring home after 18 years of working at national science laboratories in the southern United States - Texas, New Mexico and Tennessee. In both New Mexico and Tennessee he held volunteer executive board positions (president and vice-president respectively) with community music organizations that offered both symphonic and chamber music series. It was his interest and desire to continue this involvement that attracted him to Vetta.

Before moving to the US, Dave spent 20 years working at the TRIUMF laboratory at UBC. During that time he served on program advisory boards at both Langara and Capilano colleges, and for the Vancouver School Board.

Dave is passionate about many types of classical music, from opera to chamber, and he hopes by his role with Vetta to contribute modestly to an increase in both interest and availability of chamber music for both young and older in Vancouver.

 Les Tulloch, Vice Chair

Les Tulloch has attended Vetta Chamber music concerts since their inception. He has also been a Vetta Board member for 20 years.

Les is president of Sea Nymph Sea Farms limited. He is or has been a Trustee on numerous business and not-for-profit Boards such as the Underwater Harvesters Association, Vancouver Waldorf School, The Christian Community in Vancouver, Hands in Peace Canada, and the Foundation for Human Movement studies.

His four children have all attended Vetta concerts while they were growing up. Les looks forward to his 4 grandchildren also attending Vetta concerts to enrich their lives.

 Peter Kaiser, Treasurer

Growing up in Austria and living in Salzburg- the city of Mozart- must have been fertile ground for the development of a lifelong appreciation of classical music, especially chamber music and Opera.
Since moving to Canada, Peter has lent his time and experience to many different causes, all of which had and have a close affinity to music. A Vetta performance to him is the closest to the perfect chamber music experience- immediate, up close and in perfect surroundings with matching acoustics- and he hopes to bring this experience to an ever increasing audience through his involvement on the board.

Sheila Foley, Secretary

An active volunteer in the Vancouver community, Sheila has held board and advisory positions with the Vancouver Parks Board, Vancouver recreation and community centres and in cooperative housing. Currently, Sheila is Vice-Chair Treasurer of the Volunteer Council of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Sheila's work experience included 34 years in the forest industry managing small specialized libraries. Her work included research, market and statistical analysis, building catalogues and maintaining databases.

Sheila's introduction and interest in Vetta Chamber Music is through connections at the VSO. “I thought that with my experience, I could contribute as a volunteer and join Vetta Chamber Music in giving back to the community”.

Sheila has been an active volunteer in community services, namely areas of recreation and cooperative housing. Past and present positions include:
  • Board Member, Vancouver Symphony Volunteers
  • President & Tresurer, Shermanor Apartments Ltd.
  • Board Member, Round House Community Centre
  • President, False Creek Recreation Centre
  • Member, Parks Board Advisory and Programming Development Committee

Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson has had four careers–first as a school music teacher, then as a Music Producer for CBC Radio for many years. The latter job involved recording concerts for broadcast plus 10 years as the producer/manager of the CBC Radio Orchestra. This was followed by 3 years as a Producer for CBC Records.

She has produced over 100 CD's and has received a Grammy for a CD of Penderecki's Credo which won the Grammy in 200 in the category of Best Choral Performance. Other awards won by recordings Karen Wilson has produced include: 5 Juno award winners, 5 Pacific Coast Music Award winners, and 6 Western Canadian Music Awards winners.

Karen also worked for Vancouver Opera as their Director of Artistic Planning and Productions where she hired soloists and negotiated their contracts, managed the Opera Orchestra and Chorus as well as the entire music staff. She was also in charge of the education programs, plus had responsibility for production staff (costumes, sets, technical, etc) at the Vancouver Opera.

She is currently the Administrator for the inaugural Knigge Music Competition for the UBC School of Music, as well as producing 4 upcoming CD's.

Gloria Davies

As a concert patron during her 42 year profession as a Medical Technologist, Gloria attended many musical events throughout her career and upon retirement decided to give back to these organizations which added so much harmony to her life. 

An active volunteer with the Vancouver Symphony, Gloria met Joan Blackman and upon request, became an active board member for Vetta Chamber Music which continues to be one of her main focuses. The organization skills learned through her career became a great asset to helping with Vetta.

Currently Gloria volunteers with the Vetta Chamber Music Society, (board member), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (volunteer board member),Vancouver Opera (Ambassador & member of the VO Guild), BC Ballet, Music on Main (volunteer coordinator), Music Fest Vancouver, and the Vancouver Writers Festival.

 Michael Le Bas

After spending over 20 years in senior marketing & sales positions at Canadian Pacific Air Lines, Michael went on to teach at BCIT in the Tourism  Marketing program. He now divides his time between developing marketing & training programs for his clients, and making wooden furniture & toys for his grandchildren.

 When asked to coordinate the new Vetta Thursday afternoon concerts, Michael jumped at the opportunity to introduce music lovers to Vetta. "I know Joan prides herself on putting together an exciting and thrilling program for audiences in Vancouver. What better way for people who are no longer able to go to an evening concert or cannot afford to attend, than to enjoy one of our afternoon concerts?" 


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PO Box 19148 4th Ave
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