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Board Members' Information

Table Officers

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Mandart Chan
President
Secondary Representative, Website

School Phone: 1-250-478-5501
School Fax: 1-250-478-2879
Email: bcmea.vp1@gmail.com
Local Contact:
51 Boundry, 62 Sooke, 72 Campbell River, 84 Vancouver Island West, 85 Vancouver Island North, UVic Student Chapter, 27 Cariboo-Chilcotin, 28 Quesnel, 49 Central Coast, 57 Prince George, 58 Nicola-Similkameen, 59 Peace River

Born and raised in Richmond, BC, Mandart Chan holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree (Clarinet and Secondary Education) at the University of Victoria, and a Masters of Music (Wind Band Conducting) at the American Band College – Sam Houston State University.  Upon graduation, Mandart moved to Calgary to start his career as a Secondary School Music Teacher.   After four years of snow, Mandart returned to Victoria and joined the Music Department at Belmont Secondary School. Currently, he directs the Belmont Concert Band, Senior Winds, Senior Drumline and teaches the Lab Band Beginning Band, Beginning Piano, and Leadership. Recently, he was awarded the position of Conductor of the Greater Victoria Concert Band - Intermediate Band. Over the past 17 years, Mandart has worn a Canadian Armed Forces uniform as a Cadet Instructor's Cadre Officer. He is currently the Commanding Officer of 848 Royal Roads Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.


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Cindy Romphf
Past-President
Middle School Representative

School Phone: 1-250-477-6945
School Fax: 1-250-721-1960
Email: bcmea.pastpresident@gmail.com
Local Contact:
46 Sunshine Coast, 47 Powell River, 79 Cowichan Valley, 48 Sea to Sky, 60 Peace River North, 78 Fraser Cascade

Cindy Romphf completed her Bachelor's of Music in Secondary Music Education at the University of Victoria graduating with distinction.  She also completed her Master's of Music majoring in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Huston State University (Texas).  She has been teaching music at Cedar Hill Middle School in the Greater Victoria School District since 2004.  During that time, her concert bands, jazz bands, jazz combos and choirs have won awards at the regional, provincial and national levels. She has served on the BCMEA executive since 2011 in the roles of secretary, vice-president and president. Cindy is also the founder and president of the National award winning adult community choir the Vancouver Island Chamber Choir and the 2014 recipient of the "Fine Arts Champion Award" from the VCPAC.


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Jaymi Daniels
First Vice-President (*to 2018)
Communications (Listserv, Social Media, Website)

School Phone: 1-250-372-5231
School Fax: 1-250-377-2248
Email: jaymi.daniels@gmail.com
Local Contact:
53 Okanagan Similkameen, 22 Vernon, 23 Central Okanagan, 67 Okanagan Skaha, 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap, 19 Revelstoke, 73 Kamloops/Thompson

Jaymi grew up in Kelowna, B.C and attended Rutland Senior Secondary. She went on to pursue her BMus at UVic studying Music Education and taking Euphonium tuition with Eugene Dowling. After graduation Jaymi moved to the UK and spent two years teaching in the British State School System and competing with the Drambuie Kirkliston Grade 2 Pipe Band. Jaymi is currently a secondary band and choir teacher in the Kamloops Thompson School District at Valleyview Secondary School.


Jeff Weaver

Jeff Weaver
Second Vice-President (*to 2018)
LSA Coordinator, BCMEA Historian

School Phone: 1-250-386-3591
School Fax: 1-250-361-7191
Email: jweaver@sd61.bc.ca
Local Contact:
63 Saanich, 64 Gulf Island, 68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith, 61 Greater Victoria, 69 Qualicum- Parksville, 70 Alberni

Jeff Weaver is the Director of Bands at Oak Bay High School. He holds a bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts from Sam Houston State University. Jeff is a recipient of the Premiers Award for Teaching Excellence in British Columbia. He is the Past President of the British Columbia Music Educators Association and is a Director for the Canadian Music Educators' Association. Jeff believes that all students have the capacity to make music and that schools are complete with strong Fine Arts Performance programs.


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Matthew Martin
Secretary(*to 2018)
Industry Liason

School Phone: 1-250-479-4014
School Fax:
Email: mmartinbcmea@gmail.com
Local Contact:
65 Evanston/Skokie, 69 Qualicum, 74 Gold Trail, 85 Vancouver Island North, 93

Matthew Martin is a teacher in the Greater Victoria School District, currently at Strawberry Vale Elementary School teaching general music and choir. In addition, Matthew also serves as the assistant music director for Island Ukuleles based out of Victoria. Matthew is also currently serving as the Marketplace Coordinator for the BCMEA Conference.


Michael Doogan-Smith

Michael Doogan-Smith
Treasurer (to 2018*)
Northern Communities Representative (Bulkley Valley)

School Phone: 1-250-847-2231 ext. 133
School Fax: 1-250-847-2165
Email: mdoogansmith@sd54.bc.ca
Local Contact:
50 Haida Gwaii, 52 Prince Rupert, 54 Bulkley Valley, 81 Fort Nelson, 82 Coast Mountains, 87 Stikine, 92 Nisga’a

Mike Doogan-Smith has been teaching music with SD 54 for 29 years. He taught Elementary from 1986 to 2001. Since 2001 he has been the Music Director at Smithers Secondary. During that time the music program has grown to include, Grade Eight Concert Band, Grade Nine Concert Band, Senior Concert Band, Junior Jazz Band, Senior Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Choir and a guitar program.
Since 2007 Mike is treasurer of the BCMEA.
Past distinctions include:
2005- recipient of the BV Arts Council “SmArt” award for contributions made to the arts in the Bulkley Valley
2012- recipient of the BC Professional Music Educator's Award for Secondary Schools.
2013 and 2015- recipient of the Smithers Chamber of Commerce “Major Contributor to Arts and Culture” Award.
Mike and Darlene have three grown children and while they are empty nesters they can be seen hiking, biking, paddling, fishing and camping.


* The term of office for the President is a two-year term. All other positions are for one year, expiring at the time of the Annual General Meeting. The Past-President holds the position for the duration of the current Presidency.

Members At Large

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Risa McDonell
Member At Large
Journal Editor

School Phone: 250-382-5234
School Fax: 250-381-3209
Email: risamcdonell@gmail.com
Local Contact:
Vancouver (Elem & Sec), 40 New Westminster, 41 Burnaby, 43 Coquitlam, 44 North Vancouver, 45 West Vancouver

Risa McDonell (B.Mus, UVIC) is a flutist and educator with a passion for instrumental conducting. She was the Band Director at Seycove Secondary and at Windsor Secondary Schools in North Vancouver. Risa also taught Creating Composers - a unique collaboration between North Vancouver music composition students and Vancouver’s celebrated Turning Point Ensemble. Risa has conducted three musical theatre productions, and in 2010 she prepared the North Vancouver School District Honour Band, who performed in concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Risa studied orchestral conducting with the late János Sándor and Ken Hsieh, and has attended conducting symposia at UBC, at Northwestern University and with Morihiro Okabe. She was the Assistant Conductor for the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra from 2005 - 2007 and occasionally guest conducts short works and readings for the West Coast Symphony Orchestra. Risa recently moved her young family to Victoria, where she teaches at South Park Elementary School.


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Cheston “C. J.” Kumar
Member At Large
Conference Co-Chair

School Phone: 604-713-4599
School Fax: 604-713-4679
Email: Chestonkumar@gmail.com
Local Contact:
TBA

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Janet Wade
Member At Large
Honour Ensembles Chair

School Phone: 604-853-7191
School Fax: 604-850-7694
Email: janet.wade@abbyschools.ca
Local Contact:
TBA

Ms. Janet Wade is currently the Music Director of the W.J. Mouat Secondary School Music Program in Abbotsford, B.C., known locally, nationally, and internationally for music excellence. After attending Capilano College she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Music Education from the University of Victoria while maintaining a busy music studio teaching private music lessons and performing frequently as a freelance musician. Ms. Wade shifted into public education working at various middle and high schools in the Qualicum and Abbotsford school districts previous to her current appointment. In addition to teaching, conducting, and performing, Ms. Wade maintains a busy schedule, currently serving as the Honour Ensembles Coordinator for the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association conference, playing saxophone with the Fraser Valley Wind Ensemble, and raising her two young boys, Nikkolas and Jameson with her husband Benjamin.


Missy Haynes
Member At Large
Aboriginal Music & Education

School Phone: 778-679-0658
School Fax:
Email: haynesmissy@gmail.com
Local Contact:
TBA

Missy Haynes (B. Ed, UVic) is a Gitxsan woman from Smithers, BC. She has teaching areas in choral music and English, but also specializes in Indigenous music and culture. She spent the last four years teaching in Nuu-chah-nulth territory at a rural school in Gold River, BC, where the student population is about 80, and the music program is of 5. She has welcomed four practicum students in her classes, and has also presented in her own district on Aboriginal Education and on computational thinking. She recently returned to Coast Salish territories to continue with her teaching passion in Indigenous studies as well as English and music. Missy has traveled to many countries with choirs she has been in, including to England, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, and has even sung for the prince of Cambodia. She has served many positions as either chair or representative for her school districts, including Pro-D, Social Justice, and TTOC representative, Indigenous Education chair, Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement representative, as a member-at-large for BCMEA, and even as the local representa


Dr. Anita Prest
Member At Large
Post-Secondary Representative / Aboriginal Music & Education

School Phone: 250-472-4374
School Fax:
Email: aprest@uvic.ca
Local Contact:
All Indigenous/Aboriginal Music Education and Post-Secondary Inquiries

Dr. Anita Prest is Assistant Professor of Music Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada). Prior to her appointment, Anita taught K-12 music for 20 years in rural and metropolitan settings. Her doctoral research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC), focused on the growth and contributions of bridging social capital to rural vitality via school-community music education partnerships. Her current research, also supported by SSHRC, examines the ways in which public school music educators in rural British Columbia, together with First Nations community members, facilitate the appropriate embedding of local Indigenous knowledge, pedagogy, and cultural practices in music classes.​


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Jenn Britton
Member At Large
Elementary Representative

School Phone: 250-542-1181
School Fax: 250-542-5047
Email: jbritton@sd22.bc.ca
Local Contact:
TBA

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Michelle Reed
Member At Large
Rural Communities Representative

School Phone: 250-838-6431
School Fax: 250-838-2182
Email: mhoncoop@sd83.bc.ca
Local Contact:
TBA

Michelle Reed (B.Mus/B.Ed, Brandon University) is the Director of Music at A.L. Fortune Secondary in Enderby, B.C.. After completing two years in Trumpet Performance at UBC, Michelle moved to Brandon, Manitoba to pursue her Music Ed Degree, where she graduated as a member of the President’s Honour Society. She began her teaching career in Abbotsford B.C., at Abbotsford Secondary in 2006, where she founded the Drumline program, and had success directing the Concert, Jazz, Choir and Dance programs. In 2008, Michelle moved back home to work in SD 83, where she has taught Band at the Elementary, Middle, and Secondary levels. She has been Director of Music at A.L. Fortune Secondary for the past seven years and teaches three Concert Bands, two Drumlines, a thriving Musical Theatre program, Choir and Jazz Band. Her ensembles have received awards at both the Provincial and National level. She is currently busy completing her Master’s in Educational Administration and Leadership as well as raising her three-year old son.


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Steve Thompson
Member At Large
Independent Schools Representative

School Phone: 1-250-370-6803
School Fax:
Email: sthompson@mygns.ca
Local Contact:
All Independent Schools

Steve Thompson (B.Mus, UVic) is the Band Director and Head of Arts at Glenlyon Norfolk School in Victoria, B.C. Steve began teaching at GNS in 2011, after working as a band director and music teacher in SD#53 (Okanagan Similkameen), working with students at Okanagan Falls Elementary, Oliver Elementary, Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary, Southern Okanagan Secondary, and Osoyoos Secondary (2004-2011). During his time in SD#53, Steve collaborated with colleagues to run annual district-wide Honour Band retreats and concerts, and led performance tours to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow Idaho, the Heritage Festival in Seattle, Washington, and Victoria, B.C. In 2003-2004, Steve developed a new band program at The Glenfir School in Summerland, B.C., after completing his practicum in Victoria in 2002. Steve is a saxophonist, and can be seen performing regularly in Victoria with the Don Leppard Big Band.