Board of Directors

Founding Director

Barbara Gould is a singer and published author. She was the Administrator for the Arts Council of Surrey, founder and mentor of the Youth Arts Council of Surrey, and a founding member of the Young People’s Opera Society of BC, for which she was Executive Director. She was named a Surrey Civic Treasure in 2009 and is currently a board member of the Royal Canadian Theatre Company.


Pat Higinbotham has always had a passion for all forms of creativity, for communication media and for people. She has worked in community television, commercial printing, magazine publishing and built a successful editorial and corporate photography business in Vancouver. Having an artist mother and executive father, the dynamic tension between the arts and business has been a constant in her life, and she enjoys the interplay.

Vice President

Paddy Tennant is an award-winning graphic designer and writer with 40 years’ experience in print, advertising and publishing. She has volunteered her time and professional skills to numerous non-profit societies over the last 30 years, and has served on five boards of directors.


Rachel Sirett is a CPA, licensed in both Canada and the US. She is also owner and founder of Adanac Cross Border Tax Ltd., with offices in Vancouver and Surrey. She has worked with various non-profits and is pleased to offer her accounting experience in support of ArtsCan’s mission to bring business and the arts closer together.


Sarah Power is a graphic designer specializing in branding and print. Sarah is also a visual artist, creating paintings and illustrations.

Leah Albrecht has an MBA and has worked in the technology sector since 1995. She has volunteered her time with numerous non-profits and has served on several boards of directors. Leah creates animated whiteboard video and helps people feel more confident using the technology they need to run a successful business, including websites.

Leah Murray is a long-time technical projects manager, experienced in software development, systems quality assurance, hardware implementations, Internet development and technology implementations for startups. She is also a published poet, photographer and digital artist.

Lyn Verra-Lay is an award-winning performer, who also dabbles in visual arts and has volunteered in the arts community for over 40 years. She is very fortunate to be able to spend her work hours in the arts as well, connecting with children and teens, helping them to grow in creativity.

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