administrative team

Carla Tadla

Executive Director

Carla oversees operations, strategic planning, and stakeholder relations for the choir, to further the mission of the Board of Directors: creating “music that is meant to be shared” with students and the community.

Carla is also currently a Managing Partner at Bridge Productions, and was Sr. Vice President, Operations at Reboot Communications Ltd. for 10 years. Prior to that, she was the General Manager of Pacific Sport – Fraser Valley. Carla holds a B.A. from the University of Alberta and an M.A. from the University of British Columbia.

She has served on over a dozen committees and boards with youth and/or social impact, including: heART for Hospice Art Auction, KidSport Victoria, Victoria Minor Hockey Association, Team 2010 – Abbotsford, Tourism Abbotsford, the Provincial Advisory Board for Regional Sport Development, Operation Red Nose Provincial Advisory Board, and the BC Olympic Youth Leadership Academy Board.

Carla is a former competitive gymnast and coach, an avid reader, and insatiable traveler, and currently a very enthusiastic hockey Mom.

Email Carla.


Elaine Dawson

Concert Choir Manager

Elaine Dawson has a long-standing association with the Victoria Children's Choir serving in many volunteer capacities and is currently the choir manager our Concert Choir.


She served on the VCC Board for many years and recently held the Treasurer role; was the webmaster from 2005-2010; Choir Manager (various) from 2005 to present; and served as the Tour Manager for the Austria Festival Tour 2011, Banff Rocky Mountain Festival Tour 2012, Disneyland Tours, 2014 and 2019; Netherlands Tour, 2015; Maritime Tour, 2017; and, the Vancouver Island Tour 2020. She is married with two daughters, both of which are VCC Alumni.


Elaine has a BSc from the University of Victoria, an IT Leadership Development Certificate from Ryerson University and recently retired from an extensive public service career as a data management professional serving as an IM/IT director for the BC Public Service.  She chaired the BC Data Council and served on many committees and boards including serving as President of the ICI Society.  She holds the Roger Tomlinson Lifetime Achievement Award (2018) for her work in furthering data sharing in Canada.


Veronika Smelova

Recital & Prelude Choir Manager

Veronika received her B.A. from a university in Russia, and her Event Management Certificate from Camosun College in Victoria.


In Russia, she worked at art galleries, museums and various educational institutions where she taught arts, organized events and curated art exhibitions. In Canada, she volunteered for a number of high-profile art-centred events.


Veronika also teaches children at a non-profit language school. She has been with the Victoria Children’s Choir since 2014.


Kevin MacMillen


Kevin is a banking professional with over 30 years experience in financial services. He has expertise in banking, treasury management, and payments.


He recently retired from his position with BC Provincial Treasury and is now consulting in the banking and payments area. He is also the Treasurer for the Victoria Jazz Society, is the Treasurer for his Strata Council, and volunteers as a referee for his favourite sport – squash.


Catherine Wallace

Music Librarian

Catherine is a proud mother of a VCC chorister and is a Humanities teacher at a local high school. 


She attended York University, UVic, and Université Laval, completing degrees in History, Education, and French Language.  Working as music librarian and as the recital choir manager for one year to cover a maternity leave, gives her good excuses to “hang around” and contribute to this amazing organization. 


Although she had the privilege of growing up in a musical family, and sang with top performing choirs in the Manitoba Music festival for many years, she is envious of the high quality instruction and fun the choristers enjoy, and thrilled her son has had this opportunity for five years. 


Catherine is passionate about literacy, social justice, and experiential learning and takes students traveling to places like Quebec City, France, or India whenever possible.   She hopes to continue chaperoning VCC choir events as long as her chorister son will let her!

Contact Us

Email Executive Director, Carla Tadla:

Phone: 250-721-0856

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