The Rotary Club of Oak Bay

Bulletin, 26 March, 2019

by Ron Cooley

President Peter opened the meeting with Pablo Diemecke playing the Mexican National Anthem on his violin accompanied by Ricardo & Andrea (no last name on Visitors sign in), both of whom are students at the Canadian College for Performing Arts (CCPA) in Victoria. Ricardo is in 1st year and Andrea is in 2nd year.

Lynnie introduced our Visiting Rotarians: Travis Strom from Langley Central and Tom Kofin from Edmonton South. Visiting Rotaractors; Christian Dietlein and Nora Wu both from UVIC Rotoract.

Guests: Anita Nazareth, Avy Woo and Pete Guyatt are guests of our Club. Richardo and Andrea of CCPA  are guests of Eugen.  Andrew Bekes is a guest of President Peter. Mark Gutknecht is  a guest of Krista Voitchovsky and Caleb Marshall is today’s speaker.


Joan Firkins updated us regarding the Mardi Gras Night on April 27, 2019. We still have some tickets to sell. Please support this event as it is one of our major fund raisers for the year. There will be a Cake auction and a FREE Hurricane for each attendee. Buy your tickets now and do not be disappointed.

Nora Wu from the Uvic Rotoract Club announced their fund raiser on April 13, 2019 at the Chief and Petty Officer’s club in Esquimalt. There will be a live auction and silent auction. Tickets are $40 each. Wendy Townsend said she went last year and it was a great event. Buy your tickets now.

President Peter told use about a project in Mexico that was being rebuilt with consultation with women on the design team for the first time.


Wynn Taylor was the Celebrations Master and many of us celebrated that he did not dig as deep into our change pockets as he has done previously. He asked a number of questions on performing arts and Shakespeare. Happy/Sad Dollars. Jack Petrie is off to the Palace of Versailles as he is in the running for affiliate of the year for Sotheby. He has bought a tuxedo for the event. He will look great if heads roll.

Ben Smillie is happy he is going to Japan to visit relatives but sad he is only staying for a week.

Happy Birthday to Ceci sung in Spanish

Krista Voitchovsky won the 50/50 but no luck on the big pot.



Jason Ko introduced our speaker, Caleb Marshall, from the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) here in Victoria.

The Canadian College of Performing Arts is owned and operated by the Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS). The Canadian Heritage Arts Society is registered as a non-profit society with the Registrar of Societies of British Columbia. Heritage Arts Society Mission Statement is to provide instruction and training in the performing arts, to offer awareness and artistic appreciation for the public at large through the performing arts and to preserve and promote heritage arts and culture.
CCPA is a boutique College which won the Acorn Arts award from Oak Bay.

They measure success by preparing a student to be a motivated self-employed business and an inspired artist whose voice will better illuminate the human condition when they confidently enter the profession.

Class of 2017-18, 70% identified as working professionally, 22% continuing studies.

Class of 2016-17, 80% identified as working professionally, 7% continuing studies.

There are a high number of teaching hours with teachers from the Pacific Opera, David Foster Foundation, the Canadian Tenors and the Naden Band.

There are 3 programs:

Performing Arts Diploma (two year program) teaching acting, voice and dance.

Performing Arts Certificate (thirty-one weeks) teaching acting, singing, dance and career management.

Applied Performing Arts Diploma: Graduates of the above two may apply for this intensive twenty-one week course during which students develop and mount 3 performances.

All three programs offer a conservatory style performing arts curriculum to students who seek intensified skill based alternatives to longer academically oriented university programs.

  • Intense exposure to acting, voice & dance
  • Private coaching and tutorials
  • Instruction in career management
  • Faculty, staff, & guest artists are working professionals
  • High number of teaching and rehearsal hours
  • Less than 3:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Numerous performance opportunities
  • Collaborations with professional companies
  • Opportunities to create your own work
  • Individualized curriculum tailored to you
  • Professional mentorships in writing, directing, choreography, production, design and more

CCPA will be performing West Side Story April 19-27

10% of students are international. 42 prospective students are from other areas of the world. They may apply through audition videos.

Alyx Valdal thanked Caleb for his presentation.

President Peter had an extra thank you for Pablo, Ricardo and Andrea.

We closed with Tom Kofin toasting the 4 Way Test.

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