Board of Directors
Catherine Fouracre was born and raised in Victoria. She has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, and a private counselling practice.
Her youngest daughter is enrolled in the Victoria Children’s Choir, and her volunteerism with the Choir began in 2014. Catherine is impressed with the level of musical training and music appreciation her daughter is gaining, and is happy to contribute to the success of the Choir as President.
Catherine brings excellent communication skills and a history of committee work to the Choir, along with contributing ideas and effort to benefit the day-to-day experiences of choristers and their families.
Max retired from being a six-year member of the Camosun College Board of Governors, including chair of the board Governance Committee, and service on the Finance Committee. Max represented the Board as an Executive of the Advanced Education Council of BC, as well as sat on the Ministry’s Standing Committee on Evaluation and Accountability, and on various technical committees.
As a statistician, Max participated in various strategic committees at Camosun College, including: Strategic Planning, Institutional Evaluation, Arts Acquisition, and presidential hiring.
Max has served on the board of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where he was a member of the Executive Advisory Committee and the Finance Committee.
Max and his wife Christine have called Victoria home for almost 40 years. He is a great lover and supporter of arts, and values the importance of arts education.
Silvia is an accomplished financial controller with over 20 years of successful experience in the field. She is a versatile organizer who delivers high-value insights to empower meaningful action. In her current role she develops and executes initiatives, reporting systems, and business processes to expand operations. Silvia is a strategic and decisive worker who consistently strives to inspire confidence in clients and colleagues alike. She is also a trusted advisor with an established record of success in fast-paced and continuously changing environments. Born and raised in Germany, Silvia came to Canada in 2008, and currently resides in beautiful Sidney by the Sea.
Glenys is a former violist with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, with whom she performed for 22 years, including many concerts with the VCC Concert choir at the Pacific Baroque Festival.
A Vancouver resident at the time, she clearly remembers telling her husband (violinist Paul Luchkow) 10+ years ago that they should move to Victoria someday so that their (future) kids could participate in the VCC!
Their two sons are now in the Recital and Prelude choirs. Glenys has a Ph.D. in environmental epidemiology and has spent many years leading research on the effects of common environmental chemicals on maternal and child health.
She is currently the Director of Women’s, Maternal and Early Childhood Health at the BC Ministry of Health, where she works to develop provincial policies to support BC women and families.
There are frequently concert posters on her door.
“Barbara Girard has a professional background in strategic, succession and corporate planning, in both the private and public sectors. She also has a lifelong interest and appreciation for visual and performing arts.
Soon after moving to Victoria, Barbara was pleased to join the Board of The Victoria Children’s Choir, which gave her the opportunity to further the perspectives she gained as Vice-Chair of Shallaway Youth Choir of Newfoundland & Labrador from 1999 to 2008. Shallaway’s goals of musical excellence, fostering NL culture, and leadership continue to serve as guideposts for their 450 choristers, in seven ensembles. Throughout her rewarding association with Shallaway, Barbara observed first-hand the transformative power of world-class music-making.”
Cassie has spent most of her adult life working and traveling as a professional soprano. Specializing in music of the baroque, she has appeared as a soloist with many leading early music ensembles and orchestras including Tafelmusik, Tragicomedia, Theatre of Voices, Les Voix Baroques, Netherlands Bach Society, PacificMusicworks, Early Music Vancouver, and in the Boston, Berkeley and Montreal Early Music Festivals.
She has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Atma, Analekta, and Musica Omnia and appeared as a guest artist and faculty member at several early music workshops throughout North America.
Catherine holds a Master’s in Music and Vocal Performance from Indiana University’s Early Music Institute.
Since moving to Victoria she has been featured in the Pacific Baroque Festival and is working to expand her vocal studio.
Having grown up in a rich choral and musical environment herself, Catherine loves teaching young singers and is committed to musical education and the mission of the Victoria Children’s Choir.
Alana Marks is a positive, community-centered, HR professional with varied experience in a wide array of industries including: community development, recreation, public health, construction and manufacturing.
These roles have strengthened a passion in working with teams to develop growth strategies based in positive work culture norms, employee engagement, team development, and delivering exceptional customer service.
Collaborative practice is her foundation and she leans into that philosophy often to promote a positive, successful environment; this allows all stakeholders to really focus their efforts on developing strong community-centric teams.
Above all else, Alana wants to support people in reaching their full potential!
Outside of her work and volunteer commitments, Alana is a bookworm, part-time cyclist, trained paramedic, part-time surfer, and full-time green thumb who adores travel, live music, and getting out of her comfort zone.
Some of Miko Heddle’s fondest childhood memories include being a member of The Choeur Des Enfants de Montreal children’s choir and participating in performances throughout the city, including at Montreal’s Place Des Arts. While her vocal skills may not be quite at par with her younger self, her love of choral music remains, and she is absolutely thrilled to have recently joined the VCC board.
Miko has worked extensively with children in multiple capacities and understands the immense value that arts education can bring to a child's life.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Arts in Professional Communication. With a strong background in recreation, customer service, communications, and human resources, Miko is passionate about helping build strong organizational teams, positive cultures, and helping organizations establish their brand and values.
When she is not working, volunteering or renovating a house, Miko enjoys taking advantage of everything that living in Victoria can offer: hiking, trail walking, paddle boarding, swimming, and camping.