Board of Directors


John Kaye — Chair

Community activities have always been part of John’s life, both informally and through foundation or charitable organizations’ boards. His career ranged through accountancy, finance, real estate development and management, a wholesale plant nursery and fundraising. He has now retired to a life that continues to be interesting and challenging. John sings in the Victoria Philharmonic Choir’s bass section.

Georgina Nicoll — Secretary

Georgina Nicoll has served as Secretary since joining the VPCS board in 2016. She has sung in choirs since she was ten years old and is now an alto in the VPC. When not singing or volunteering, she works for the BC Justice sector in strategic human resources and loves spending time with her husband and baby daughter.

Adrian Dolling — Treasurer

Adrian has been part of VPC’s management team since 2009, focused on financial and strategic planning. He has an MBA, a physics degree and a wealth of project management experience. Adrian has been choral singing since the age of six.

Janet Heino — Associate Treasurer

Janet is not a chorister but a lover of all music who believes that there must be ‘doers’ and ‘supporters’ for music to be able to thrive in our communities. As Associate Treasurer, she brings not only her skills and expertise as a practicing Chartered Professional Accountant and Business Valuator, but also her past experience from serving a number of corporate and community-based not-for-profit organizations in a variety of roles such audit and finance, governance and strategic planning. Janet completed her first year on the VPC Board in 2018.

Flori Ens

Flori joined the VPCS board in 2017. She hails from Winnipeg where the love of music — especially choral music — was nurtured. Her board involvements there included planning and organizing events in support of choral music in the community. Currently a soprano with the VPC, she has sung for most of her adult life in choirs and opera choruses in Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg. A nurse, Flori is currently completing a Master’s degree. She has recently moved back to Victoria with her husband Jamie. They have two adult daughters.

Scotty Gardiner

Scotty has served on the Board for eight years. As a member-at-large he offers experience gained from a forty-eight year investigative and administrative career in the RCMP, the Ombudsman Office and special assignment in the Ministry of Attorney General. 

Alison McCallum

A member of the choir since 2011, Alison helps coordinate the VPC’s annual SummerVoices choral workshop and has volunteered as VPC’s Membership Coordinator. Before her involvement with VPC, she served on the Board of the Victoria Children’s Choir from 2006-2009, with a term as Board Chair. Alison is a Certified Executive Coach and also the Director of University Counselling at St. Michaels University School. She has two daughters aged sixteen and ten.

Barbara Stewart

Having more than 25 years’ experience in various choirs, Barbara continues to enjoy the Philharmonic, its repertoire, Artistic Director and membership. She is in her sixth season as a VPC chorister and her fifth as a member of the grants/ fundraising team. She contributes years of experience gained by serving on the Boards of several non-profit agencies, including choirs in Victoria and Toronto, as well as her skills in budgeting, finance and strategic- and project-planning. After a career in public service in Ottawa and Toronto and a stint at part-time management consulting, she is now retired from her career as an Economist/ Executive.

Thomas Williams

Canadian violinist Thomas Williams is a former Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. He has held positions as First Violin with the Montreal Symphony and Assistant Concert Master of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. For many years he was a faculty member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and has participated as a performer and teacher at numerous other music festivals in Canada and Europe. His teaching association with McGill began in 1981 and he assumed the position of String Area Chair in 1986, where he helped to develop McGill University’s highly successful string program.