Board of Directors

President and Founder

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, a founding member of the Young People’s Opera Society of BC, for which she was Executive Director, and board member of the Royal Canadian Theatre Company. She was named a Surrey Civic Treasure in 2009.

Vice President

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 author, poet, photographer and digital artist.


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 is a business technology coach, consultant and trainer. She creates websites and provides tech support for coaches, counsellors and other health & wellness practitioners.


Lori Douglas has worked in several business sectors, including telephony, law, childcare and various nonprofits.  She calls herself a career secretary and has advanced through a number of clerical levels, including legal administrative assistant and executive assistant over the past 40+ years.  She is known for turning chaos into calm.  Born in Vancouver, living most of her life proudly in Surrey, she is the mother of two sons and her dog Winston.  Lori loves arts ‘n crafts, the opera and more!

Board Member

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.

Board Member

Gail Hall is a graduate of Lord Tweedsmuir High School and Semiahmoo High School in Surrey and an alumna of Simon Fraser University. As a former teacher for 26 years with the Surrey School District she enriched her programs and the curriculum with the Fine Arts. She continues teaching Fine Arts and crafts to this day. Gail does creative exploration and projects in music, art, writing and poetry, photography, video and medicinal herbal preparations. First and foremost, living creatively in relationships to others and nature has been her artistic goal. Smiling faces are the ultimate canvas!

Board Member

Debra Simms has been involved with one or another form of artistic expression for what seems like forever. First dance, then stagecraft and acting, she has variously worn the hats of actor, dancer, costumes master, props manager, choreographer, producer, director, and hair/makeup artist and playwright – she even sings! From the stage, she shifted to visual arts, first in fabric work, then in painting – oils, watercolour and, most recently, acrylics. She is also an author of both fiction and nonfiction works. All of this took place while she worked first in finance and later in caring for medically challenged family members.