Staff & Board

Executive Director – Barbara Livingston

BarbaraPreviously from Vancouver Island, Barbara now hails from Vancouver, where she has most recently served as Executive Director of the Vancouver Bach Family of Choirs.  Barbara has had a thirteen-year career as a senior arts administrator, and extensive experience in governance.  She is an accomplished voice teacher/opera coach, having been a member of the Victoria Conservatory of Music faculty, and served on the VCM Faculty Association executive, and the VCM Faculty Evaluation team.  Barbara also enjoyed a highly successful career as a professional opera and concert singer, performing principal roles in large centres throughout Canada and the United States.  In 1998, she received the George and Jane Heffelfinger Pacific Opera Victoria “Artist of the Year” award.  She studied voice performance at the University of Victoria, and has an Advanced Certificate in Arts and Entertainment Management, supplemented by courses in strategic planning, development, governance, leadership, social media, marketing, and related subjects. 

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Barbara is in the office Monday – Friday, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

RegistrarShannon Maliteare

shannon-maliteareShannon Maliteare has been with the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music as its registrar since October 2016. Hailing from Devon, Alberta, Shannon has over 20 years experience in non-profit administration in arts, recreation and culture. She has worked with organizations in Saskatchewan and Alberta and is pleased to be working in BC on the west coast. Shannon is also an independent contractor working with clients such as the Alberta TrailNet Society, Alberta’s trail council. Shannon loves to attend arts events, going camping, hiking on local trails, and reading magazines and novels in her spare time. Drop by and say hello to Shannon in the office and she will be happy to assist you with NCM payments and registration.

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Shannon is in the office Monday – Friday, between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Accounts Manager Sheila Joey Murphy

Board of Directors

President – Fay Laing

Fay Laing moved to Nanaimo ten years ago from Vancouver. She has spent over 30 years in the Real Estate business in greater Vancouver, and is now working on Vancouver Island. Fay’s career has provided her with many business, marketing and management skills, which she is happy to share in her volunteer life. Fay spends her personal time working in her garden, travelling and teaching her three grandsons to share in her love for the arts. Fay and her husband, David Laing, enjoy living in the heart of Nanaimo where, over the last ten years, they have spent  their energy restoring a heritage home built in 1891.

Vice President – Eveline O’Rourke

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Eveline developed an interest in music when she started piano lessons at six years of age, and it has  held a prominent position in her life ever since. After a short career in nursing, she completed her  musical studies and taught music for many years in Edmonton and West Vancouver.

Since moving to Nanaimo in 1989, she has become heavily involved in the city’s cultural scene. When the Vancouver Island Symphony was established, she was appointed the inaugural President, and was  later presented with an Honorary Concert Master’s Chair in perpetuity. She helped promote the building of the Port Theatre, and was delighted when that dream came true.

Eveline was invited to prepare and present courses at VIU for the Faculty of Continuing Studies from 2003 to 2008. ‘Music Through the Ages’ and ‘Let’s Go to the Opera’ were very well received.

A member of the City of Nanaimo’s Cultural Committee for 15 years, she was presented with an Honour in Culture Award in 2013 for her community efforts. Presently, she is a member of the executive committee of the Nanaimo and District Museum Board of Directors.

Eveline believes that Cultural amenities such as music and the performing and visual arts are absolute necessities, which have a positive impact on our daily lives, whether we are listening, watching,  performing or creating them.

Treasurer – Kirsten Hais

Kirsten Hais has a degree in Business Administration, obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in February, 2015, and is a member of the Church Pickard accounting firm in Nanaimo. She also serves as a board member on The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive.  Kirsten was born and raised in Nanaimo.  As to her interest in the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, Kirsten says, “I’m excited to become a part of and to contribute to this wonderful organization!”

Cindy Speelman

portrait_cindy speelman1Cindy Speelman has been involved with the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music Board for many years. She is a member of the faculty at the Conservatory, teaching Suzuki flute, head-start Suzuki, flute, recorder, and ensembles. She has served as faculty representative on the Board for many years, and also sits on the Artistic Advisory Committee. Cindy has been actively involved in helping to promote the Conservatory at events such as Kids Expos, student recruitment at various local schools, and numerous long term vision planning sessions for the Conservatory.

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