Susan McLaren – Chair chair(at)kickinghorseculture.ca
Mother, Partner in Crime (Wife), Pilot, Airport Manager, Airshow Producer, Farmer, Art Lover and now KHC Board member. When I moved to Golden in 2013, I knew that I wanted to become involved in my new community. A friend of mine and former KHC board member enlisted me to join the KHC board and thus a new director was born.
My goal when I joined the KHC board was twofold. Meet great like-minded people in my community and be part of a team who could lead and provide a strong forward thinking vision to a great arts and culture society.
I feel so fortunate to live in a mountain community where I have the opportunity to snag my husband for a date night all throughout the year and attend a wide variety of high calibre performances. I also appreciate that KHC operates the Art Gallery of Golden where I can test my purchasing power or during that one special weekend in December, the Christmas Craft Faire.
Kicking Horse Country would not be the same without Kicking Horse Culture, and I am proud to help out so that is stays strong into the future.
Monica Parkinson – past Chair
I have always been creative and the trans-formative world of art, time and again, has supported me, has provided inspiration, has shaped my parenting, and has grown my community. I volunteered initially on the pretext of wanting to get involved. Truthfully, not the case. I actually got involved for the power, for the control, and so I could get funded to meet THE JOHN CARVER. Music schmusic. Dance is for drunk pick up at the Lodge in the 90’s.
Policy governance baby! That’s what gets my sewing machine surging. I have never been spun more dizzy than this year when my ends finally met my means.
Art, dance, creativity, and music in particular, make life worth living. I still remember the day when I was sipping on a juice box, eating some animal crackers (I would always eat there legs off first so they could not get away) and watching video hits on CTV. Boy in the Box, came on, Corey Heart looked into the camera, and that look was so intense, so real, so just for me, that I new I had been touched. It took years of experimenting with travel, food, sports, and parenting, to finally find my way back to the creative center. Sure, I still wear my sunglasses at night. I mean name me one cool person who doesn’t? I volunteer with KHC to help make life all that much better for each and every little boy out there trapped in his little ol’ box needing just a little fantastic culture to bust them loose.
I am an engineer and I have worked on power plants all over the world. Sue and I have lived here since 1976 and we came here because we have always been mountain lovers.
Humans are engineers and use tools which change the world around them. Without engineers there would be no violins or paintbrushes. Just sayin. This evolutionary characteristic will hopefully be an advantage, and we won’t destroy ourselves and the planet. When David Braid showed us those caves in France, and his music echoed among the racing horses, lions, cattle, rhinos of 30,000 years ago…well, those guys knew the value and imperative of art. They were optimists; they looked forward to future generations and knew it was essential to take time from the daily process of survival. They were in the Paleolithic Era; we are now the Anthropogenic, thanks to our ability to change the planet in substantial ways. If we are not to screw up we need models of excellence to guide us. Art provides pockets of perfection and optimism which tell us, yes, we can do it, we can survive, we can get through this. And have fun.
As M. Python told us, I don’t want huge tracts of land. I just want to sing.
Investing my time into supporting, infusing, building, and intertwining the arts in my community is something that is so so so important in crafting a dynamic liveable place. I see how it makes life, more, and better and selfishly, it is something that is also for me. Of course, what really gets me involved is both the earlier start times and the promise of back stage access. I am a life long groupie and 80’s bus chaser, who, sadly, falls asleep by 9 at night. It is hard to cash in on rock star crushes when you cannot make it past the opener I tell ya. Fingers crossed, two years of guaranteed board time might finally get BCDC on to the docket. Green room, here I come.
I have lived, worked, and played in many regions across Canada, and have called Golden home since 2009. I’m an earth scientist and park planner by trade, but I’m also a musician and appreciator of arts and culture in its many forms. I joined the board of Kicking Horse Culture in 2015, and bring previous board experience as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. Serving on the board provides me the opportunity to contribute to the delivery of a rich and rewarding cultural scene that is vital to the quality of life we enjoy in Golden. It has also given me leverage to lobby for the stocking of BC craft beer at KHC events!
Mike Archibald moved to Golden in 1995 and currently teaches at Golden Secondary School. Currently he has been instructing the GSS Leadership class enabling his students to attend KHC events this past school year. This is Mike’s first year as a KHC board member and it seemed to be a natural fit given Mike’s previous involvement with KHC volunteering to help video tape KHC events. Mike is married to Karen and has three children, Madeline, Geoffrey and Adam. Mike has been involved in several organizations in Golden over the past two decades including serving 12 years with Golden Fire/Rescue and is currently involved with the Rotary Interact Club at the high school. He served as the President for the Golden Teachers’ Association from 2012 to 2015. He and his family are avid travellers and outdoor enthusiasts and often take advantage of them any opportunities that Golden has to offer.