Anne Laurie, President

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.

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.

Linda Ashton, Director

Linda Ashton is a recently retired fund development professional.  For 26 years she had a proven track record in donor relations and fundraising management through capital campaigns, annual, major, and planned giving.  As a volunteer member of several boards, including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Linda gained enormous experience that led to many successful fundraising and stewardship events.  She is now delighted to be sharing her skills with Ballet Kelowna.

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.

Dr. Richard Hooper, Director

Richard Hooper is a M.D. graduate and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Cardiology and Internal Medicine with previous teaching appointments at The Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.  For the past decade, Dr. Hooper has been the Principal Negotiator, and then Regional Clinical Program Director, for the development of the Interior Health Authority’s Cardiac Services Centre for Rural British Columbians.  He is an experienced leader in numerous medical and non-medical organizations with a special interest in the development of innovations in medical education.

Dorothy Mills, Director

Dorothy Mills is a CPA, CGA and has lived in Kelowna since 1978.  She has served on the KGH Foundation Board since 2014, has been a director of the Friends of Mission Creek since 1996, and a director of the Central Okanagan Land Trust since 2015.  Dorothy loves horseback riding, skiing, and walking, as well as travel and experiencing other cultures.

Tracey Read, Director

Tracey Read is a former Chairman of the Board at Pleiades Theatre and Executive Director of Vertigo Theatre in Calgary, as well as Heritage, Community Partnerships, Government Relations and Centennial manager at the Calgary Stampede.  Since retirement in Kelowna, Tracey has continued to volunteer as the President of the Board of the Okanagan Symphony and as a director of the Central Okanagan Heritage Society.  Tracey also volunteers at Arion Therapeutic Farm and the Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior.

Leona Baxter, Director/Legal Advisor

Leona Baxter is a partner in the firm of Oland Baxter and has practiced law in British Columbia for the past 22 years in the areas of maritime, transportation and personal injury litigation.  Since relocating to Kelowna in 2001, she has volunteered as a board member with numerous not-for-profit organizations and is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the Kelowna Art Gallery.  Leona brings experience and interest in strategic planning.  When not working, or driving her 12 year old twins to their various activities, Leona is an enthusiastic participant in Ballet Kelowna’s In Motion adult ballet classes.