Our Board of Directors
From a very early start on the stage as Oliver in a musical production of Oliver Twist back in elementary school Linda was bitten by Theatre bug. Fast forward to today with a career in hospitality management that spans 38 years and three major hotel chains Linda brings a unique service first perspective to business. As Director of Catering and Event Management at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford hotel Linda feels blessed every day to have a job that allows the exploration of creativity while helping others to reach their potential. She firmly believes that healthy business relationships start with roots embedded in community engagement, she is an active supporter for the growth of Arts & Culture in business, Child advocacy and the Surrey Food Bank and a community volunteer who is proud to be a member of the Surrey Business Community.
Nigel began his theatrical career with a critically-acclaimed turn as ‘Tree’ and ‘Candy Cane’ in “Hansel and Gretel” at age five. More recently (and relevantly), he is one of the founding members of Shadows and Dreams Theatre Company, which produces a Shakespeare play every summer at the bandshell in Queen’s Park in New Westminster. He has been the resident lightning designer for RCTC since it’s inception, and designed light for dozens of other productions around the lower mainland. He is also on the board of Monster Theatre. In real life, Nigel is a computer programmer, and, oddly enough, does this for “fun”.
Sharon Haasdyk, CPA, CGA
Sharon has long been an advocate of providing opportunities to children to learn responsibility for themselves and to others, because this is how confidence and self-esteem are developed, and from there, anything is possible. She is also a strong believer in the importance of a vibrant, connected, healthy community. When her two children were accepted in the ensemble for RCTC’s Sleeping Beauty Panto in 2013, she was excited to find this organization that shares the same values. As a designated accountant, Sharon’s experience spans public practice, industry and municipal work. She has enjoyed many volunteer roles, including five year with Girl Guides of Canada. She has volunteered as Front of House staff for RCTC for the last six years, and is looking forward to making her contribution as a Board Member.
"Charlie" is a Chartered Professional Accountant who found his way back to the theatre. He took his first acting class back in High School. There, he learned first-hand how theatre and acting can build self-confidence in oneself while presenting on stage. Throughout High School, he continued with acting, script-writing, and improv. After high school, he pursued a degree in business and obtained his CPA designation. He found his way back when he connected and learned about RCTC’s passion to promote programmes which teach and develop self-confidence in individuals and the community.
Greg has a broad ranging background in operations and technical management enjoying the experiences of team work in the development of new initiatives and programs and always learning much along the way. Joining the RCTC Board is a new direction inspired by a lifelong love of live theatre. A marine engineer who grew up locally, he spent years at sea before settling on the west coast to serve in various capacities with BC Ferries and as a Director with the Engineering team for the past 15 years.
Stephen has been involved in theatre in many capacities for about sixteen years. He is one of the co-founders and producers of Shadows and Dreams Theatre Co. He has been an actor, director, lighting designer and tech, and stage manager. He has been the resident fight director for Royal Canadian Theatre company for the last eleven years, and has done fight choreography for Shadows and Dreams and several other companies.
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