Board of Directors

Board of Directors

2020 PAL Vancouver Board Expansion

Mission: PAL Vancouver provides longstanding members of Metro Vancouver’s professional performing arts industry with affordable housing within a vibrant and creative community setting.

On the cusp of opening a second residence in New Westminster, PAL will soon increase its capacity from 111 to 177 homes while engaging new stakeholders in government and the community. Our Board seeks additional members to sustainably and inclusively guide its direction.

PAL’s diverse and accessible community of residents comes from all disciplines within the performing arts industry – film, television, radio, theatre, dance, music – and all occupations within those disciplines – design, direction, performance, promotion, production, technical, writing and more. Priority is given to seniors (55+), persons with disabilities, and those with the greatest housing need.

As a unique affordable housing model that emphasizes creative connection, PAL has the capacity to strengthen the social fabric of every city and neighbourhood that embraces the arts. Not only does PAL bring our gifted senior artists out of isolation; it recognizes that neighbours who share a lifelong dedication to the performing arts are perfectly suited to support one another as they age.


JOY COGHILL, C.M., Honorary President in Memoriam
Joy was 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 was 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 held 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.

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.


TOM ADAIR is the former Executive Director of the British Columbia Council of Film Unions (1998-2017). In addition to his role as a PAL Vancouver Director, Tom is a Board Member at Calltime: Mental Health – an initiative by British Columbia’s motion picture industry unions to assist workers and employers grappling with mental health and addiction issues both in and out of the workplace.

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.

DUSTY KELLY is the Secretary and Business Agent at Vancouver Musicians’ Association, Local 145 of AFM.

SHARMAN KING has enjoyed a long and varied career in Western Canada. After graduating from The University of British Columbia in 1970 Mr. King joined the Buddy Rich Orchestra. While with “Buddy’s Band”, Mr. King toured 34 states and performed at the Newport, Monterey and Concord Jazz Festivals. He has been a member of the Vancouver Opera Association Orchestra since its inception in 1977, and has performed extensively in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre orchestra pit for many ballet and musical theatre companies, including Les MiserablesPhantom of the OperaWest Side StoryHello Dolly and Miss Saigon. Sharman King was the founder and President of Book Warehouse, B.C.’s popular chain of discount bookstores. He is currently active as a board member of PAL Vancouver, The National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Turning Point Ensemble, EasyPark, Downtown Vancouver Association, Canadian Music Centre and the UBC Library Advisory Committee. He is Vice-President of the Vancouver Musicians’ Association and is a member of the Audit Committee for Vancouver Opera. He is also a voting member of the Academy of Recorded Arts and Sciences. Sharman has performed on numerous Juno award winning recordings, most recently Changing Seasons with Phil Dwyer and Mark Fewer (Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, 2012). Also, in 2012 Sharman was honoured to receive both the Mayor’s Award for Business and the Arts and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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.

CAL SHUMIATCHER is a Gemini Award-winning producer with more than 25 years experience in the film and television industry. Most recently, Cal served as Executive Vice-President for international entertainment leader Entertainment One (eOne). Following a history of success in feature film and scripted television, Cal was a partner at acclaimed Vancouver-based Paperny Entertainment which was acquired by eOne in 2014. Cal’s film and television credits include both feature documentaries and more than 300 hours of factual television productions for premier Canadian, American and foreign broadcasters.

Recent projects include: the Food Network format Chopped Canada; Yukon Gold for History Television and the National Geographic Channel; Discovery Canada’s Cold Water Cowboys; HGTV’s Timber Kings; and Klondike Trappers on History Canada, which launched as Great Wild North on History US.

Cal’s other award winning credits include the feature documentary Confessions of an Innocent Man for CTV (Gemini winner, Best Documentary Biography); Love Shines for HBO Canada (SXSW Audience Choice winner, 2011; Canadian Screen Award, Best Arts/Entertainment Production); and Food Network’s street food hit Eat St. (multiple Gemini nominee) which also aired on The Cooking Channel in the US.


JOHN CASSINI, Union of B.C. Performers

JACKSON DAVIES, Union of B.C. Performers


SUSAN CURRIE, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

ANDREW WHEELER, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association



PAL Vancouver Patron

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.