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.
Karl is currently Chief Banking Officer for the Province of British Columbia. His previous roles include Director of Wealth Management Systems Operations at Scotiabank for 13 years, and Senior Manager of Financial Systems Governance – Toronto.
Karl holds a B.Sc. from the University of Victoria and a PwD from the Information Technology Institute. He has served on numerous committees and boards in both government and private sectors.
Karl has a huge empathy for children and is very passionate about music.
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 is a recent resident of Victoria, but she has a lifelong interest and appreciation for visual and performing arts.
She earned her M.B.A. in 1994 and has worked as a corporate banker, a strategic advisor to two Canadian universities and a management consultant. She has experience in strategic, succession and business planning, in both the private and public sectors.
From 1999 – 2008, Barbara lived in Newfoundland and Labrador, where she volunteered on the Board of the Shallaway Youth Choir (then 200, now 400 choristers). The Shallway senior ensemble travelled internationally to perform and compete in choral competitions, which served to engender respect, empathy and understanding of others in the choristers. Their most ambitious project was the commissioning and inaugural performances, under the patronage of Mr. Ben Heppner, of a new Canadian opera, ‘Ann & Seamus’. The Choir went on to perform this chamber opera for treble voices to acclaim elsewhere in Canada, in Ireland and at the Kennedy Centre in New York.
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.
Kira has a background in communications and science, and loves music.
A few years ago, the choir was looking to expand its communications expertise and Kira was looking for a worthwhile organization to volunteer for. A colleague introduced Kira to the choir and they haven't been able to get rid of her since.
When Kira isn't working with the choir you'll probably find her playing volleyball, baking, or in her garden.