KAMLOOPS ARTS COUNCIL
Megan is the creator, owner and lead sugar-artist of Cocoa Dot Cakes, a designer cake studio in Kamloops BC. Growing up in Northern BC, Megan spent much of her time developing her drawing skills by mirroring the world around her; she was constantly sketching the wild landscape, photographs of animals from library books and cartoons from her favourite movies. Motivated by by her love of the arts, Megan’s dessert design and decorating style often transforms classic artistic techniques such as watercolour, printmaking and sculpture using edible mediums. Her work has been published in Cake Central Magazine as well as featured in wedding and event publications such as Rocky Mountain Bride, Vale & Vine and Mint to Inspire. As a passionate supporter of the arts, Megan is excited for the opportunity to advocate for non-traditional art forms and looks forward to supporting the Kamloops community by encouraging collaboration throughout our programming and events.
Owner/Operator and artistic director of the Academy of Dance in Kamloops since 2002. Growing up around BC Krista started dance at the age of 3, and fell in love, her passion and dedication hasn’t stopped since. She has made many young performers dreams come true, by guiding them and bringing them to perform, in Disneyland CA, Broadway NYC and having students accepted to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Krista has worked with RIH Dancing With The Stars (2014-2016), choreographer for X-Fest (2002-2007) and Love In The Loops (2016). In 2017 Krista brought the Moscow Ballet to Kamloops to work with local dancers in the winter performance of the Nutcracker, her goal is to have the same vision achieved in 2018. Krista is a strong advocate for the Arts for Kamloops and her vision for Kamloops is to have more arts awareness, acceptance and support for artists of all ages and styles.
Darcy is a Chartered Professional Accountant who articled at KPMG Calgary. Over a 19-year career, he has extensive experience in corporate reporting, internal controls, budgeting, financial analysis, forecasting, treasury, risk and change management, and business strategy. He has worked for large national and international corporations and was the CEO of an innovative BC-based NPO that spun off two new organizations. Darcy has a passion for Kamloops and for improving access to inclusive opportunities for all citizens. When he’s not at work, Darcy enjoys cycling, skiing and camping/fishing with his family.
Neal was born and raised in Kamloops BC, and spent 2 years post-secondary in Calgary. After graduation, he was visiting family and friends in Kamloops and met his soon-to-be future wife Shelly. He moved back to Kamloops and now they have a 21-year-old son named Bradley. Neal has volunteered at the Western Canada Theatre Company, Kamloops Players, 1993 Western Canada Games; 2011 Western Canada Games, 2013 Seniors Games, 2017 Special Olympics; 2017 Wildfire Pet Rescue, and the 2018 BC Winter Games. When looking at all the sporting events you would think Neal was a sport nut but he says nope, not even a little! He just likes to help when there is a need to be filled. Neal also has an active interest and passion for photography.
Director at Large
Began her career as an Equity Stage Manager in western Canada and later obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Theatre and Literature. Ms. Weller worked in the film industry in Los Angeles for 13 years. Her first job in Los Angeles was in music video production for Capital Records. Upon leaving there, she worked freelance in the film industry in the capacity of Craft Services, Caterer, Production Assistant, Production Coordinator, 2nd Assistant Director, 1st Assistant Director, Casting Director, Production Manager and Line Producer. As the producer for a small production company, she produced promos for prime time TV shows for networks such as ABC, NBC, Fox and USA. She also produced infomercials, music videos and commercials. As a teacher, Vicci taught music video and film production courses at U.C.L.A, and Thompson Rivers University. In 2000, she became the Film Commissioner for the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Film Commission in Kamloops, BC. As well, she completed her Master of Arts in Tourism Management at Royal Roads University. Her research explored Best Practices in Fostering Film Tourism in Rural BC. Currently she is finishing the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma. On a personal note, Victoria loves watching movies, is addicted to several TV series (too many), and has two grown daughters, a dog and a cat.
Natika is a Master of Divinity Student at Vancouver School of Theology and holds a BSc in Psychology (Honours), a Bachelor of Education and a current BC Teaching Certificate. She is an active member of Kamloops United Church, and identifies as German, English, Irish and Anishinaabe. Natika is the Community Services Coordinator at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and has extensive experience working for Indigenous communities and organizations, and developing cultural safe programs and Indigenizing curricula. Natika lives in Kamloops BC with her partner Mike and her daughter Eden, on the Traditional and Unceded Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory.
Kirsten Atkins is not just a professional seamstress but an incredibly talented and imaginative designer. It’s easy to see why, her grandfather was a Master Tailor and she quickly picked up the interest at the age of six. Shortly after high school Kirsten opened her first sewing shop; after that she started her own label of KLA Originals. Kirsten’s first love is costuming and that led her to making and renting costumes for 20 years. Prior to settling in Kamloops, Kirsten spent 8years living in the Yukon Klondike studying the clothing styles of the late 1800’s and working with numerous theater companies and organizations such as parks Canada in the reconstructions of period costumes. With this experience today, she has designed many different beautiful body shaping corsets and her love of colour has led her to the design and production of many different styles of award winning up cycled sweater jackets and dresses. In 2013, 2017 and 2019 Kirsten has won awards for her wearable art Sweater designs giving her great recognition as an artist. Kirsten currently works out of her home and attends many Art and Music Festivals year round. Watch for a schedule and see more of her work on her Facebook page: KLA Originals or her website: klaoriginals.com