PAL Vancouver’s mission is to provide veterans of Vancouver’s performing arts industry with affordable housing within a vibrant and creative community setting.
The negative impact of isolation on age-related illness and disease is well understood. Performing Arts Lodges offer an innovative solution for members of the professional arts and allied industries who often can lose touch with the vibrant, dynamic collective that underpins so much of the creative efforts that we all enjoy.
Consistent with research on healthy aging, PAL Vancouver offers so much more than social housing—providing residents with both a safe, affordable home and a supportive dynamic environment where they can stay active and creatively engaged in the community.
Our focus on creativity and the arts makes us unique among social housing providers in BC. The sense of community, support, safety and security we provide is one of the reasons PAL was awarded a prestigious CMHC Best Practices in Affordable Housing Award in 2008.
PAL does not receive any government funding to operate—relying instead on rental revenues and the generous support of our donors and friends. As always, a huge and heartfelt round of applause to our donors—we simply could not do it without you.
And of course, we always like to make new friends. Thank you for being a PAL
PAL Vancouver was co-founded by Vancouver actor Joy Coghill and theatre director Jane Heyman in 2001, incorporated as a non-profit society in 2002, and became a registered charity in 2004. Later that year, PAL received final approval for the development and lease of an affordable housing project at the foot of Georgia Street beside Vancouver’s famed Stanley Park.
On May 29, 2006, PAL Vancouver welcomed its first overjoyed residents into a brand-new eight-story social housing and theatre complex. Since then we have continued to build our community of performing arts enthusiasts, host events in our Studio Theatre, and expand the rooftop garden patio that is both a refuge and delight for our residents.
Demand for PAL-style residences continues to grow across the country. PAL Vancouver is currently examining a number of different options to expand the range of support we are able to provide to the artistic community.
PAL Vancouver was the second Performing Arts Lodge to emerge in Canada, based on a highly popular and successful model that started in Toronto in 1993. There are now eight chapters across the country, affiliated under the umbrella of PAL Canada.
Each chapter is independently funded. At PAL Vancouver, our funding comes from rental revenues and the generous support of performing arts associations, corporate sponsors and individual donors. Each year, these generous organizations and individuals make it possible for us to keep providing rental assistance and creative space to our residents. We could never thank them enough.
JOY COGHILL, C.M., Honorary President
Joy is the founder and former Artistic Director of the Holiday Theatre and the Western Gold Theatre Society; former Artistic Director of The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company and the National Theatre School (English Acting); and served on the National Board of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and the BC Arts Board. Joy is the recipient of numerous awards for her contribution to the performing arts, including the Order of Canada, and the 2002 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the 2005 UBCP John Juliani Award of Excellence, and the 2005 Vancouver Arts Award (Performing Arts); and holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. Joy co-founded PAL Vancouver together with Jane Heyman.
NORMAN YOUNG, Honorary Vice President
Norman has a longstanding involvement in theatre, academics and the volunteer community. He is currently the Chair/Co-founder of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Director of Crusaids Canada and Organizer, 50 Years of Freddy Wood at UBC. Norman is a former member of Canada Council, Chair of the BC Arts Board and the Vancouver Civic Theatres Board. He is a founder of the BC Arts Festival, and has been a Director of the Vancouver Museum, The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, the Vancouver Archives, and the Vancouver Children’s Festival.
MIKE KLASSEN, PRESIDENT is a Vancouver public affairs and government relations professional and columnist with Vancouver Courier newspaper. Mike is a proud husband, father and community leader who has served on a number of boards, including as vice-chair on the DOXA documentary festival board, and the Vancouver City Planning Commission. As an urban thinker, Mike is passionate about public policy, land use decisions, as well as economic development. Mike and his wife are avid B.C. wine industry boosters with a passion for wine travel.
LORI BAXTER, PAST PRESIDENT has 27 years of experience as a senior executive in the not-for-profit sector, with a proven track record of partnership development to achieve organizational objectives. Currently the sole proprietor of Lori Baxter Consulting, Lori served as the Executive Director for the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture from 1994 to 2004, and was the Director, Arts for the 2010 Legacies Now Society. Lori has been a contract instructor with Capilano College, BCIT and Douglas College, and has served as a Board member for Arts Consultants Canada/Consultants canadien en arts, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, Tourism Vancouver, and the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation. Lori is a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 Award, and Leadership Vancouver’s Outstanding Graduate.
BILL COX, TREASURER/SECRETARY is a chartered accountant and a senior partner at BDO Canada LLP with over 30 years experience working with clients in British Columbia. Bill works with clients in several industries including the public sector, financial services, and not-for-profit. He is a member of the Public Sector Accounting Board of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the Museum of Vancouver.
DAVID ADAMS is a regular fixture on the Vancouver Theatre scene, as an actor, director, singer and teacher. In the past couple of years, you would have seen him as Signor Naccarelli in Light in the Piazza and Bee Doyle in Floyd Collins for Patrick Street Productions; Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at The Gateway Theatre; General Yepanchin in The Idiot for the Push Festival, Doc in West Side Story for Vancouver Opera, The Editor in Tear The Curtain for The Electric Company/Stanley Theatre, Horace Vandergelder in Hello Dolly for Royal City Musical Theatre and M. Renaud in La Cage aux Folles at the Vancouver Playhouse. David spent six seasons as Associate Director for Vancouver Opera, assisting many visiting directors, as well as writing and directing a West Coast version of The Magic Flute that toured for the Vancouver Opera School Program and teaching acting to the Young Artist Program. He spent 12 years as a National Councillor for Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and served on the original Steering Committee for PAL Vancouver. David is active in supporting the arts in his hometown, New Westminster, frequently consulting on the city’s arts initiatives, and was asked by the mayor to produce New Westminster’s 125th Anniversary Performing Arts Gala.
IRENA JESOVNIK graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She then went on to complete her Chartered Accountant designation in 2011. She has been involved with various fundraising events throughout high school and university including toy drives, food drives and volunteering at the Art Gallery. She currently lives in Vancouver and enjoys an active lifestyle including hiking, playing tennis. In her spare time she likes to attend local plays, ballets, and art gallery exhibitions.
MARTIN KINCH is a screenwriter, story editor, director and/or producer. He has worked on over 50 produced screen and television projects. Throughout his impressive career, spanning four decades and multiple Canadian cities, Martin has been at the vanguard of modern Canadian theatrical expression. He forged the movement to develop of original Canadian plays in the early 1970s. As artistic director of Theatre Passe Muraille and founder and artistic director of Toronto Free Theatre, he spearheaded the creation of alternative theatres in Canada. As a playwright, he is a two-time finalist for the prestigious Chalmers Award. He was a drama producer at CBC Television Drama (1980-86) and artistic director of Theatre Calgary (1986-93). Throughout the 90s, he worked as writer and story editor on a number of television series (Jake and the Kid, The Hardy Boys, Dead Man’s Gun).
During his 10-year tenure (2002-12) at Vancouver’s Playwright’s Theatre Centre, Martin built the organization into a trailblazing dramaturgically focused company that nurtures and advances Canadian playwrights. He is responsible for creating several outstanding playwright-centred programs at PTC including Flying Start, The Associates Program and the PTC Writers Colony. In PodPlays – The Quartet, a co-production of Neworld Theatre, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2011, and CBC Radio One, he collaborated with Adrienne Wong to pioneer a innovative new form of site-specific radio play: the PodPlay. PodPlays are now created and produced by theatre and sound artists world-wide. Since leaving PTC, Martin continues to and to work with independent filmmakers to develop their scripts for production.
ALEKSANDRA MIHAILOVIC is a civil litigator specializing in personal injury, family law and Wills and Estates law. Prior to practicing law, Aleks worked for the Residential Tenancy Office as an Arbitrator in Burnaby hearing cases involving landlord-tenant disputes. Aleks was responsible for making decisions on how these disputes would be resolved.
ELLIE O’DAY has worked in music, performing arts and cultural industries for more than 35 years. She was one of North America’s first female DJs in the 70s, a columnist for the Georgia Straight in the 80s, and Executive Director of Pacific Music Industry Association in the 90s. Today, her O’Day Productions provides media relations to The Cultch, Western Gold Theatre and the PuSh Festival. Ellie has served on dozens of boards, from The Cultch and Neworld Theatre, the PNE and BC Film, to chairing the Alliance for Arts and Culture at the end of the 90s. Ellie is a resident of PAL Vancouver.
CHRIS PATRICK was a consultant in fundraising and special event promotion for over 25 years, working with corporate and nonprofit clients on an extraordinary variety of projects. He has raised funds on a full-time basis for The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Greater Vancouver, the Canadian Red Cross Society, and the Outdoor Recreation Foundation of British Columbia. As a contractor he organized events including Dining Out For Life, BC Children’s Hospital’s Jeans Day, golf tournaments for Junior Achievement, Vancouver General Hospital Foundation, as well as a number of lotteries. Most recently Chris was the vice president of MusicFest Vancouver, chaired The North Shore Black Bear Society and sat on the board of Centennial Theatre Society. He and his wife, Josie Chuback, live on the North Shore and spend their time at cultural events and outdoors hiking, biking and skiing.
LIZ SHORTEN has been working to build capacity in the film, television and digital media sectors for the past 20 years. She has held senior positions at the Ontario Film Development Corporation, British Columbia Film, CBC Television and Mediaskillset Consulting. She is currently Managing Vice-President, Operations and Member Services at the Canadian Media Production Association, BC Producers’ Branch. In her role at the CMPA-BC, Liz advocates for BC companies, creates policies and strategies to assist in industry growth, and organizes industry development initiatives. Liz also sits on the National Board of Directors of the Cultural Human Resources Council, Reel Canada and is President of Women in View.
JEREMY SICHERMAN is a health care professional who specializes in geriatric management. He has been working with seniors in long-term care for over 16 years. He is blessed with a happy and healthy wife and son; loves to work and play the guitar and likes to fish and woodwork. He believes in meaningful days.
STEVEN GREENFIELD, Canadian Actors’ Equity
GLENN MACDONALD, PAL Canada, PAL Studio Theatre
CHRISTINA KASPERCZYK, IATSE 669
LEE ANNE MULDOON, IATSE 669
CONNIE BROWN, Union of B.C. Performers
Dr. Yosef Wosk
Dr. Yosef Wosk was the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs in Continuing Studies and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University where he developed seminal programs such as The Philosophers’ Café and The Academy of Independent Scholars. In addition to receiving an honorary doctorate of letters from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, he holds doctorates in Religion & Literature (Boston University) as well as in Psychology, and masters degrees in Education and in Theology (Harvard). Yosef, who is an ordained rabbi, has lectured at a number of universities and institutes of higher learning throughout the world. Identified as one of the top ten thinkers and most thoughtful citizens in the province, he is an appointed member of The Order of British Columbia, a recipient of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and included in Canadian Who’s Who. Active in communal affairs—especially in the areas of education, libraries, museums, the arts, social services, heritage conservation, philanthropy and religion—Yosef is a media commentator, public speaker and published author.