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Our Board is made up of an array of many local talented folks who help keep PRISMA ticking.

Mike Robinson, C.M.

Mike Robinson, C.M.

President

Mike Robinson is a Canadian NGO leader, with 25 years experience as executive director or CEO of the Arctic Institute of North America, the Glenbow Museum, and the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.​

Lyn Adamson

Lyn Adamson

Vice President

Lyn Adamson is the former Executive Director of a large Powell River based non-for-profit organization, providing a variety of social and employment related services. Having travelled widely, she believes that Powell River is the best town anywhere, and is committed to supporting the community.

Lee Coulter

Lee Coulter

Treasurer

Lee’s love of music began early when, as a boy soprano, he joined his school’s choir and has continued today as he now sings with several local ensembles. For the past decade Lee has enjoyed serving on many not-for-profit boards, mainly in the arts and culture sector, in Powell River.

Sean Dees

Sean Dees

Secretary

Sean Dees has over 20 years of experience in managing small businesses. He has been a Rotarian for 7 years with the Rotary Club of Powell River and is currently serving as executive secretary/director of the club. Through business and personal activities he has been actively involved in the community for many years.

Katya Buck

Katya Buck

Director

Katya was born and raised in Powell River, British Columbia. In 1996, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. Katya then worked as an immigration officer in Vancouver before moving to San Antonio, Texas for graduate school in 1998.
She received a Master's degree in social work from Texas State University and worked as a social worker for four years. Katya received a Juris Doctor in law from St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas in 2007 and worked as an attorney in San Antonio.
In June 2012, Katya joined Villani & Company where she is a regular contributor to the Powell River Peak’s “Law Corner,” addressing questions related to estate planning, she has presented to community groups on estate planning and real estate topics and she is focussing her law practice within the areas of wills and estate planning, probate, corporate, commercial, family law and real estate.

Kim Code

Kim Code

Director

Kim is a global energy leader with decades of experience in the Shell group of companies. She has been awarded the Faculty of Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction from her alma mater, UBC. Kim continues to enjoy strong ties to the west coast, in particular the northern sunshine coast where she holds a special interest in the local music orientation. 

Mélie Dechamplain

Mélie Dechamplain

Director

Mélie De Champlain, a former cello player, is the Director for Vancouver Coastal Health, Coastal Community of Care in Powell River. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Canada Caring, a non-profit organisation supporting refugees in Canada and overseas and has a long term involvement with international humanitarian relief organisations where she worked with different NGO’s including Médecins Sans Frontières.

Meriko Kubota

Meriko Kubota

Director

Meriko Kubota is the Regional Social Planner for Powell River. She is passionate about driving social purpose and community development. Meriko has over a decade of experience in business strategy, marketing and communications, brand engagement, corporate social responsibility, community investment, sponsorship marketing, and philanthropy.
She holds a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Music in piano from University of British Columbia.
Meriko is also a Board of Director Member of Greenpeace Canada.

Christien Kaaij

Christien Kaaij

Director

Christien Kaaij is a community developer and project manager, and the CEO of Alof!i Consultancy. She loves classical music and is a big supporter of Arts and Culture in the community.

Julia Levy, O.C.

Julia Levy, O.C.

Director

The author of many published scientific articles and a sought-after speaker, Dr. Levy currently serves as a director on a number of early-stage biotechnology company boards and on the board of the Working Opportunity Fund, a British Columbia, Canada-based venture capital firm.

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

Director

Michael Matthews retired to Powell River after a career as a senior figure in international education and school management. He was a school leader on three continents, served on the Board of the International Baccalaureate, and chaired the World Council of Heads of IB Schools.

Cyndi Pallen

Cyndi Pallen

Director

Cyndi Pallen, a graduate from University of Victoria, carries the name of her great grandmother Cine'. Cyndi is a member of the Tla’amin First Nation and born in Powell River General hospital. Both parents and family lineage are all of Tla'amin and Homalco First Nation's peoples. Cyndi works to practice traditional values and teachings through language, songs and dance of the Tla'amin people. She enjoys all kinds of music and coordinates yearly a multi-cultural festival called Wuwoom, which means singing in Tla'amin language.

Quentin Smith

Quentin Smith

Director

Quentin Smith is the President of Pacific Coastal Airlines. He has served on the Board of Directors for the BC Aviation Council and as well as Chairman of BC Air Operators Group and is currently on the Executive Board of the Air Transportation Association of Canada.

Arthur Arnold

Arthur Arnold

Director

Arthur Arnold, Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, has a natural ability to lead and motivate aspiring musicians. He is guest conductor at many well known European, Asian and North American orchestras.