Paul Wood, QC, President                                                                                              

Paul Wood was Executive Director, Legal Education Society of Alberta from 2008 through his retirement in 2013, having previously served as Director, Continuing Education from 1990. Paul is Past-President of the international Association for Continuing Legal Education, serving on its Executive Committee from 2000 to 2006. He co-founded the ALI|ABA-ACLEA Continuing Legal Education Summit held in October, 2009. Paul was appointed Queen’s Counsel, Province of Alberta, in 2012.

Deborah Ward, Past President

Deborah Ward is a retired Examiner of the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance and International adjudicator of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dance. Presently, she is a Pilates Practitioner specializing in Therapeutic Pilates and is an Instructor Trainer under the Pilates Process Education.

Paul van Donkelaar, Secretary

Paul van Donkelaar is the Director of the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan where he has been a Professor since 2011. Prior to this he was a faculty member at the University of Oregon for 14 years. He teaches and does research on how the human brain controls movement and the effects of brain injury on this control.

Jessica Grantham, Treasurer                                                                                           

Jessica Grantham is a Chartered Professional Accountant at MNP.  Jessica brings experience in financial reporting and tax compliance to the board.  She practices primarily in the areas of small to medium sized for profit and not-for-profit entities.  Jessica grew up in Kelowna and attended numerous dance classes during that time. She has been interested in dance since childhood and is excited to be a part of Ballet Kelowna.

Stephen Berg, Director

Dr. Stephen Berg is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC Okanagan where he teaches courses in a number of areas including Physical and Health Education. Aside from teaching dance as part of his methods courses at UBC, his interest stems from both of his daughters dancing at The Canadian School of Ballet. As a result, he has participated in several performances of The Nutcracker alongside his two daughters.

Laura Doncom, Director

Laura Doncom (nee Gray) was born in Kelowna, trained with The Canadian School of Ballet and is a former dancer with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet company.   Laura was a founding member of the Society in 2002 and served on the Board from September 2003 for six years, serving as President for three years.  She continued to serve at the Committee level on the Finance and Human Resources Committees and re-joined the Board in 2014.

Joanne Grindley, Director

Joanne Grindley is Director of Marketing at Source Office Furnishings where she is responsible for overseeing the firm’s nationwide marketing operations across Canada. Prior experience includes 9 years’ experience with Theatre Calgary, Director of Sales.

Anne Laurie, Director/Human Resources Advisor

Anne Laurie served previously on the Board of Directors of the Ballet Kelowna Society as our Human Resources Chair from May 2008 until October 2010. She recently retired from Interior Health where she worked as a Labour Relations Specialist. Prior to that was Regional Human Resources Manager for the provincial government. Anne brings Human Resources expertise to the table, particularly as Ballet Kelowna continues to grow and becomes a more complex organization.

Milena Perini, Director

Milena Perini was born and raised in Brazil where the passion for dance developed at very young age. She was a ballet dancer for twelve years and also enjoyed teaching ballet and tap. Milena is a paediatric physiotherapist and busy mother of two young children. Dance has always been a part of Milena's life and she is looking forward to helping promote Ballet Kelowna by serving as a member of the Board of Directors.


Daniel Spelliscy, Director/Legal Advisor

Dan Spelliscy has practiced law for 33 years mostly in the areas of corporate/commercial, real estate, wills & estates and civil litigation.  He has taught real estate law and served on many boards. Dan and his wife, Cheryl, are avid ballroom dancers and excited to have danced in the opening scene of The Nutcracker since 2012. Dan is an old soul as evidenced by his genealogy hobby, heritage home, antique furniture and 1937 Packard.