We would like to take a moment to thank our Board and our Volunteer Coordinators. Our Board meets regularly throughout the year and our Volunteer Coordinators have been helping us out as needed since late August.
Thank you to our fantastic board and all the work they do for us year round!
President – Meilai Ha
Meilai has held various leadership roles in corporate services with the City of Edmonton, Alberta Health Services, and Covenant Health. Currently, she is Project Manager, Strategic Implementation for the City of Edmonton. Her spare time is spent playing sports and enjoying the beautiful Edmonton patios.
Vice-President – Sue Lawrence
Sue Lawrence is the Outreach Nurse for the George Spady Society Clinical Access Team. She’s served as a volunteer in many different roles in Edmonton and abroad including crisis counsellor, blues music writer, and sports coach.
Secretary – Lisa Guirguis
Lisa Guirguis is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta. She conducts pharmacy practice research that influences health policy and supports pharmacists’ roles in patient-centred care. At home, she enjoys piano and gardening.
Treasurer – Stephanie Ibach
Stephanie Ibach is an accountant, and teaches at MacEwan University where she is an Associate Professor in the department of Accounting and Finance. She also leads seminars for candidates in the CPA designation process, and develops materials for various publishers. Her spare time is spent playing the piano and flute.
Member at large – Bryce Stewart
Bryce Stewart has worked for the Government of Alberta since 2006. He has served in a number of executive roles and is currently Senior Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Health.
Shout out to our amazing Volunteer Coordinators and all the work they’ve done for us! Jim Findlay for coordination of guitar classes and connecting with the guitar community. Irena Dumicz and Sandra Mattar for connecting with the greater Edmonton community and our sponsors.
Guitar Coordinator – Jim Findlay
Jim has been involved in music all of his adult life. He took many years of classical piano study in his youth and string bass in junior high with Mary Cockell. He studied guitar performance and theory Grant MacEwan University. Jim plays flamenco guitar and has two groups; Spiral Flamenco and Harmonic Flamenco. He is a member of the Edmonton Classical Guitar society and the Flamenco Society of Edmonton.
Community Partnership – Irena Dumicz
Irena works as an Area Manager for Pacesetter Homes in Edmonton. She has been studying flamenco art with local and international artist across Canada as well as prominent flamenco teachers in Spain. Throughout the years, Irena has also been involved in flamenco communities in Halifax(NS), Kelowna (BC), and Edmonton (AB) as a flamenco performer, teacher and organizer.
Community Partnership – Sandra Mattar
Sandra is an avid fan of Flamenco dance and music and is thrilled to be a part of the festival team. As a former business owner (Headcase Hats on Whyte Ave & Little Italy Café in Acheson), she knows the benefits of community involvement firsthand. Sandra’s passion is to connect business with community in ways that benefit everyone!
Our 2020 festival is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.