Advisory Council Members

The Advisory Council for the AEA program is an amazing group of young people from around the province. Their role is to provide input, feedback, to help us promote our projects, and to participate in the programs.

Advisors include:

  • Naomi Cromwell, Coordinator, Nelson
    Born into a musical family in Vancouver BC and spending most of her young life in Vernon, Naomi Cromwell has studied the performing arts in various capacities since childhood, taking piano and voice lessons, singing in choirs and studying theatre.  She majored in Composition at Selkirk College School of Contemporary Music and Technology in Nelson, B.C. during which time she attended Pacific Contact as a panel member for the discussion “Youth and the Future of Touring” (2005).  In 2006, she moved to Calgary, Alberta where she worked as a Gallery Interpreter developing and leading children’s programming at the National Music Centre, and as a vocal coach at the Young Canadians School for the Performing Arts.  Since her return to Nelson in 2013, she has been involved in youth-focused programming through the Nelson and District Youth Centre, sits on the board of directors of the Nelson and District Arts Council, and performs regularly with her current musical project, The New Gramophones.  She is pleased to be returning to Pacific Contact as the coordinator for 2017’s BCTC Youth Advisory Committee.
  • *Dawson Rutledge, Cranbrook
    Dawson Rutledge is a solo singer-songwriter, musician, and performer from Cranbrook. In 2015, he was awarded the top male musician scholarship by his high school and a District/Authority Scholarship by the Ministry of Education for his exceptional musical ability. Dawson’s very first performance of an original song, Mysterious Woman, was in June of 2015 at the Key City Theatre. He has hardly taken a breath since, staying very busy performing, recording and writing a multitude of original songs. His self-released debut album, titled Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, which features eight of his folk/alternative songs, has received radio play nationwide, with multiple chart appearances and positive reviews. Mysterious Woman achieved Top 10 in CBC Music Searchlight 2016 for the Interior & Northern BC Region, with top voting accolades.
  • *Fahlon Smith, Victoria
    Fahlon Smith is a Vancouver Island based multi-instrumentalist, music performer, and teacher. Exploring all genres and a variety of instruments, she focuses on playing the Zimbabwean marimba, viola, and voice; Fahlon composes and performs with ensembles such as Kumbana Marimba, Westerly, and others with whom she has played at numerous music festivals and events such as Squamish Valley Music Festival, Vancouver Island Music Festival, Rock the Peach, Islands Folk Fest, and many others. Offstage, Fahlon has been the booking manager of multiple bands, teaches music classes, and is often found at community programs and festivals as a faculty member or director. Since graduating from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Music Performance in 2016, Fahlon has won awards for her viola playing and performs with symphony orchestras in Kamloops, Vancouver Island, Prince George, and the Okanagan. In October, Fahlon is opening for Ontario musician David Francey.
  • Julian Legere, New Westminster
    Julian is a lifelong theatre rat who makes a nest in every studio and stage that is foolish enough to leave the doors unlocked and believes theatre can help us find the hope and humanity that stubbornly remain in every corner of this flawed, tragic, beautiful world. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Performing Arts from Capilano University and works around Vancouver as a freelance and independent producer, actor, director, stage manager, and writer. Favourite credits include Phantasmagoria: Circus of Dreams (Creator/Performer/Assistant Stage Manager) – Loose Leaf Collective/PuSh Festival), You Will Remember Me (Assistant Director – Ruby Slippers Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Producer/Actor – A Bunch of Actors), A Shakespeariance – upcoming (Performer – Bard on the Beach Riotous Youth Ensemble). He’s also an arts educator, Youth Arts Programmer at the Massey Theatre, and a member of the Board of Directors of Royal Canadian Theatre Company.
  • *Kaydee Howard, Smithers
    Kaydee Hayward has grown up in the Northwest region of British Columbia, in a gorgeous valley that has always inspired her to pursue the Visual arts, most notably painting. However, she briefly took piano lessons, and her music palate is a broad spectrum, ranging from bluegrass to classical music. As a kid, local Music Festivals were an annual highlight made extra fun with friends that were performing! Often, Kaydee can be found attending local venues; these include shows put on by Bulkley Valley Concert Association (BVCA), joint shows with local radio CICK, benefit concerts (for Lelu Island) and annual plays put on by the high school. Her involvement with BVCA has ranged from ushering the door, to attending monthly meetings, to youth outreach; and of course, hyping up the shows! You can contact her via Facebook or on Instagram @Classickit.
  • Murphy Patrick, Lake Babine Nation
    Murphy Patrick is a proud Indigenous member of the Ned’ut’en People located in North Central British Columbia. He has worked in many capacities bringing attention and advocacy to Indigenous issues especially with the young members of society. His development and involvement in working alongside fellow youth advocates has brought many opportunities to travel extensively to many parts of the world. Murphy’s participation has brought him throughout North, Central and South America, throughout Europe and the South Pacific. Murphy’s background is in the Theatre Arts; he’s attended the Centre for Indigenous Theatre three-year study program as well as working in Indigenous communities on social development. He most recently has come to be involved in the music industry in a managing capacity with young emerging artists in the north. Paving the road for the future is what we are striving for has always been Murphy’s motto, working towards goals collectively.
  • Teresa Nelson, Vancouver
    Teresa is a multi-skilled, versatile and flexible entertainment industry administrator. In 2015 she completed the Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate Program at Capilano University and ever since she has been putting her arts management skills to work. In 2016, she launched the organization Into the Woods and has been assisting artists with tour planning, performance booking, grant writing, artist development and other administrative work. There are currently three very talented groups on her roster. Teresa has always been surrounded by music and the arts. Her background in Theatre and Film (Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg) means that she understands the creative world, and brings a creative perspective to her work.
  • *Trevor Stewart, Burns Lake
    Trevor Stewart of Burns Lake, BC is an aspiring percussionist and Youth Representative of the Lakes District Arts Council. Trevor is currently employed part time as a subaqueous ceramics sanitation technician (dishwasher) at a local restaurant. His employment also includes drumming in 3 bands around the Lakes District. From 2013 through 2016, Trevor was a Gold Awards recipient from the Lakes District Festival of the Performing Arts in percussion for his original compositions and performances. As well as receiving an Orchestra North Scholarship for 2016, Trevor has enjoyed being the Lakes District Arts Council Youth Representative since 2013 and attending Pacific Contact 2016 as their Junior Delegate. Trevor is presently a grade 11 student at LDSS. He typically spends his school days jamming with his math teacher and helping out with lights and sound for various Drama and Arts related productions. Trevor is excited for what his future holds in drumming and percussion, as well as the opportunities that working alongside the BCTC Youth Advisory Committee will provide.
  • *Valentina Acevedo Montilla, Vancouver
    Valentina’s interests live in the borderland between art and history, curatorial studies and museology, anthropology and art. An arts organizer, writer, and curator in the making, she is a firm believer of the capacity that art has to generate change. Both Mexican and Venezuelan, she is committed to creating spaces that allow for collaborations to happen in the intersection between living on Coast Salish territories as an uninvited guest, and the responsibility she carries to her family and ancestors. You can find her working at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC or organizing monthly events for her art collective, Border/Lines.

*Also participants of The Next 10 Legacy