Miriam’s career spans the arts in both the UK and Canada, including the Arts Council of England and the Banff Centre for the Arts where she programmed, funded and developed festivals, films, events, residencies and professional development courses. The Banff Centre’s policy of putting the artist first continues to drive Miriam to support artists and the creation of new work. As Artistic and Executive Director of Arts Revelstoke, Miriam strives to balance popular acts with more challenging work, including contemporary dance, while creating opportunities for the community to meaningfully engage with the arts.
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Kenley Knock graduated from the University of Calgary with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a specialization in Ballet through the School of Alberta Ballet. May 2010 she was awarded her Associate’s certificate from the Cecchetti Society of Canada and her Associate Diploma in December 2013; studying pedagogy under many teachers. Teaching in Calgary, Saskatoon and B.C. has given Kenley experience working with children of all levels, instilling confidence and passion in each and every one of her students.
In 2014 Kenley received both her 200hr Yoga Teaching Certificate and her Children’s Yoga Teaching Certificate and loves to use yoga to balance the body and keep dancers healthy. She has travelled the world performing and doing what she loves. Through her teaching, Kenley hopes to encourage everyone to achieve their goals and to always pursue their dreams.
Kenley Knock moved to Revelstoke 5 years ago and is a new business owner with THE STUDIO Dance & Wellness. Partnered with Jacqui Gardiner these women are beyond thrilled to bring a local dance studio to their home and hope to bring more arts to community. Kenley is so very excited to be a part of the Arts Revelstoke team as the Community Dance Connector and promises to share her passion with the community as a whole; making efforts to reach as many people as possible through dance.
Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Brodie has called Revelstoke home since 2009. She works as an accounting technician at Baker Tilly Rockies LLP, and has been involved with Arts Revelstoke since 2018 as their contract bookkeeper. When she’s not immersed in accounting software, you’ll find her mountain biking, playing softball or enjoying live music in Grizzly Plaza on a summer evening.
Carol arrived in Revelstoke in 1979 and has since been involved as a volunteer with many groups in the cultural and social sectors. Since the mid 90’s her main focus has been Arts Revelstoke and Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. Carol finds the arts, in all forms, nourishing to the soul. She is happy to contribute her organizational and financial skills in assisting and promoting the arts in Revelstoke. Carol is currently Chair of the Arts BC Board and also a Director for the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council.
As a founding Vice President of the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society and a singer with Folk Roots and Dinner Theatre experience, Kathy brings both performance and operational experience to her role of Director with Arts Revelstoke. She recently retired to Revelstoke from the Okanagan and is enjoying living close to her family, watching her grandchildren grow, gardening and exploring for turtles!
Caroline brings almost two decades of financial expertise to the Art Revelstoke Board. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) who specializes in forensic accounting and fraud investigations. In addition to her love of the arts, Caroline is passionate about creating fraud awareness, helping people mitigate risk and protect themselves from fraud. She has experience working in numerous industries including public sector, police services, healthcare, construction, and not-for-profits. In her spare time, you can find Caroline running, mountain biking or learning to ski with her kids at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Originally from Ontario, Melissa has attended the University of Guelph, Dalhousie University and the University of Maastricht. She moved to Revelstoke from Banff in 2008. For the past 10 years she has been a practising lawyer in and around Revelstoke and has sat on various subcommittees for the City of Revelstoke. Melissa is a long-time lover of the arts in all forms and wants to contribute to Revelstoke’s thriving art scene.
Carolyn has been a National Park interpreter, a television producer, a professional writer, a communications consultant, and a midwife. She is now semi-retired. She has served on the boards of six non-profit organizations. In her spare time, Carolyn loves knitting, design, outdoor sports, reading, and film. She also loves beauty, which is why she moved to Revelstoke in 2014.
Uri Naprstek is a retired hi-tech project manager and consultant. He grew up in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Canada in 1969 in order to continue traveling the world. Uri has volunteered most of his life, especially while his four children were growing up. His connection to the arts has been mostly through business support of his wife’s fine art endeavours. In his role as a director of Arts Revelstoke, Uri is primarily interested in the continued financial success and viability of Arts Revelstoke in the coming years.
Josee Zimanyi has been a Revelstoke resident since 1990. She has a passion for artistry, innovation, adventure, outdoor activities and music. Josee co-founded the Modern Bakeshop and Café and spent 14 years leading the business, overseeing finances, kitchen operations and menu development. She also has 15 years experience cooking for ski lodges, tree planting camps, private groups, and the Canadian cross-country team at two Olympics. Josee created edible art installations including Michelangelo’s David and a Chocolate Gingerbread Zoetrope at LUNA Fest in 2017 and 2019.
Laura is a writer, historian and environmentalist who was born and raised in Revelstoke. Her deep connection with this land and these rivers and her work in social justice inspired her most recent book, Swift River: Stories of the First People and First Travellers on the Columbia River around Revelstoke.