Meet Our Arts Instructors

Helping you develop your artistic talent

We're so proud of our incredible arts instructors at Edmonds Community Centre. They're dedicated, talented and experienced–and they're here to help you express yourself through theatre, dance, music and visual arts.

Leah Bedford, Recreation Leader

Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from SFU. She joined the City as program leader for children’s arts camps at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in 2018, then moved to Edmonds Community Centre's arts program a year later. Leah loves working with our art instructors, watching their creativity grow with each new program season. She's always had a passion for art–taking part in community theatre programs, expanding to visual arts as a hobby, then travelling abroad where she shared her love of simple songs and art with students in the countries she visited. Leah's next goal is to further expand the arts program at Edmonds.

Dance

Heather is a graduate of the prestigious London Contemporary Dance School in London, England and the National Ballet School of Canada Teacher Training program. She also holds a Contemporary and Choreography Dance certificate, achieving her Intermediate and Associate diplomas in the Cecchetti Method in 2000. Heather teaches creative ballet and ballet at Edmonds Community Centre.

Lisa is a graduate of the Main Dance Projects Society (2007). She founded her own children's storytelling company, Dixie Stars–and she's been teaching yoga and dance at Burnaby community centres for over 10 years. Lisa also has a deep appreciation for yoga–studying at the Radha Yoga Centre and Yasodhara, where she completed her Kids Yoga Teacher Training. Lisa brings her passion for yoga, dance and storytelling to all her classes at Edmonds and to preschools and elementary schools as well.

Jenny graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts with a Diploma in Enriched Arts. Trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern/contemporary dance and acrobatics, Jenny has been dancing for over 13 years. She's expanded her talents to musical theatre, acting and hip hop. Jenny has travelled to China to teach performing arts at a summer camp in Guangzhou and toured across BC and Alberta, performing in children’s theatre with Story Theatre Co. She learned American Sign Language (ASL) to share her love of arts with students who are deaf or experience hearing loss. She's introduced ASL workshops into Story Theatre Co.'s school programs. Jenny teaches at both Edmonds Community Centre and Bonsor Recreation Complex.

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University. She's been a dancer for over 20 years, training in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre and modern/contemporary dance. Before becoming a dance instructor at Edmonds Community Centre, Danielle trained and taught dance in Canada, the US and Australia, participating in workshops and teaching summer camps.

Shelby has completed her Gold Higher Tap Exam and her Advanced Modern Exam as well as her Advanced I Royal Academy of Dance exam. She was awarded the Association of International Dance Teachers' prestigious bursary–given to only one advanced Lower Mainland dancer taking their AIDT Modern Exam–two years in a row. Her training includes ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, modern/contemporary dance and musical theatre. Shelby has successfully performed in many local competitions, parades and events like the PNE and Roger’s Santa Claus Parade. She's also performed at Disneyland in California; trained with “Team Canada”, travelling to Riesa, Germany, and Mikolajki, Poland dance competitions; and toured BC in Wondersee Entertainment’s “The Great Big Boo,” a family Halloween show. Shelby enjoys working on choreography in various styles. In her 8 years of teaching she's taught recreational and competitive Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Musical theatre, Creative Movement and Mommy & Me at Edmonds Community Centre. She is excited to share her passion for dance with her students at Edmonds Community Centre.

Music

Guitar, ukulele, banjo

Alex is a versatile guitarist, adept at rock, country, jazz, funk genres and fingerstyle technique. Alex has received accolades for his talent and he's won many awards, including a third place finish at the 2012 Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. He has extensive experience teaching both privately and at various studios and summer camps like the UBC Summer Music Institute. Alex teaches guitar, ukulele and banjo to all ages and all levels in a wide variety of contemporary styles at both Edmonds Community Centre and Bonsor Recreation Complex.

Violin and Viola

Pavel holds a Master of Music from the George Enesco University in Romania and has studied at the University of Victoria, taking Master’s level courses in violin and chamber music with members of the Lafayette String Quartet. He has a distinguished international career as a musician and a reputation as a first class instructor whose students have won awards at local and provincial festivals and enjoyed great success in concerts and Royal Conservatory exams. Pavel's teaching is based on more than 30 years of study and research that includes Classical German from Carl Fleisch: the modern French from Ysaye; the Eastern European from Enerco and Oistrach; the North American from Ivan Galamian; and application of the Suzuki methods. Pavel is a sought-after teacher because of his proven techniques to help students play with relaxed and effortless efficiency, his limitless patience and gentleness–especially with younger students, his ability to tailor his teaching to suit each student's needs and his vast store of musical knowledge. Pavel teaches at both Edmonds Community Centre and Bonsor Recreation Complex.

Piano

Michael holds a Diploma of Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Capilano University and UBC. He's taught music for over 10 years, including lessons for children with special needs and/or disabilities, and early learners ages 3 and up. Michael first gained experience as a side musician for multiple projects, performing at concerts, charity events, weddings, music festivals, conventions and clubs. He's also an experienced studio musician who's been involved in every step of producing an album–going on to launch his own project with missingNo, a band that has gained a worldwide audience--recording 3 albums and many music videos. Michael teaches Piano Basics and private piano at Edmonds Community Centre, Bonsor Recreation Complex and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. He's eager to help students learn an instrument for their own enjoyment or to embark on their own musical career.

Piano

Candy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Music from Simon Fraser University and an Associate Diploma ARCT in Piano Performance, and an Intermediate Pedagogy Diploma. She's also a certified Royal Conservatory of Music teacher. Her music career began during high school, where she taught piano through the Community School Team program–a Vancouver School Board initiative. During her university years, she taught at private music studios. In addition to teaching piano, Candy has performed contemporary works with her SFU classmates and Gamelan Alligator Joy, a Javanese ensemble. Candy teaches piano at Edmonds Community Centre. She's also been been teaching private piano at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts since 2016. She enjoys working with students of all ages and strives to share her passion for music in a fun and educational environment.

Voice, Young Tunes, Musical Munchkins, Orff

An accomplished tenor, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance from UBC and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Western Ontario. He is artistic director of the Newcomer's choir and involved with musical, theatrical and film productions throughout the Lower Mainland. In addition to musical work, Kevin is interested in social issues. He's a mentor with Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to help families secure a future for their loved ones with disabilities. Kevin teaches Young Tunes, Musical Munchkins, Orff, and Voice at Edmonds Community Centre.

Guitar

Pablo is a certified teacher specializing in guitar, charango, quena and hand percussion instruments. He gained valuable musical experience from a young age, going on to various musical projects, including the role of director for two bands. Pablo is well-versed in all genres of music for guitar. His passion lies in playing Latin and rock music.

Piano

Robert holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UBC and a Master of Music majoring in piano performance and pedagogy from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Prior to university, Robert participated in many festivals and competitions while completing his ARCT Piano Performance exam, achieving First Class Honours with Distinction and a Conservatory scholarship. Robert is an experienced piano and music theory teacher for students of all ages and abilities. His lessons demonstrate his joy in sharing his knowledge and passion for music.

Piano

Pearl has completed her grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) studies in piano and theory, and now teaches various RCM levels to students. With 20+ years of teaching music, Pearl is a versatile instructor whose students appreciate her patient, creative and confident teaching style. Whether she's helping students learn their favorite pieces or preparing them for exams, she loves to instil a deep appreciation of music in her students through theory and practice. Pearl teaches at both Edmonds Community Centre and Bonsor Recreation Complex.

Piano

Angela holds a Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 Piano certification, an ABRSM Piano Diploma and she's currently studying for a Bachelor of Music degree at SFU. She's been playing the piano for over 20 years. Angela is a very involved teacher–she's always looking for new and unique ways to introduce music to her students. Watching them gain confidence as they improve their technique provides all the motivation she needs. Angela teaches piano at Bonsor Recreation Complex and Edmonds Community Centre.

Guitar (including private and semi-private lessons), voice, ukulele, drums and piano

A guitarist, singer, and educator, Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano University. Marc has performed professionally across Canada since 2013 for clients such as VIA Rail, Calgary Transit and, most recently, Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia. His guitar skills have led to sponsorship deals with Godin guitars and the Kyser Capo guitar series. As a performer, Marc plays frequently in the Vancouver area. He just released his first professional single, now available on streaming platforms under the name "ReeVay". For more information on Marc's music, please visit reevaymusic.com. As an instructor, Marc focuses on technique and repertoire development, taking care to position music as an enjoyable part of a child's overall development. Marc currently teaches at Edmonds Community Centre and Bonsor Recreation Complex.

Violin

Ross holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Victoria. Born in Taiwan, she immigrated to BC with her family. At UVic, she studied with Sharon Stanis, violinist of Lafayette String Quartet; and performed as a solo violinist, as part of a chamber music suite and as a member of the University of Victoria Symphonic Orchestra (UViSO). In 2018, she was invited to play in the violin master class with Yosuke Kawasaki, concertmaster for the National Arts Centre. Her string quartet performed at Ideal Festival at UVic, School of Music. Among her many notable awards since childhood, Ross Ling won third place in the solo Bach competition.

Music

Vincy graduated from the University of Victoria School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Arthur Rowe. She's continued her studies to become an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) and achieve her BC Conservatory of Music's Advanced Performer Certificate. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Vincy immigrated to Canada in 2008. She's won many gold medals at various music festivals and competitions. She's performed as a soloist, in a chamber orchestra and an accompanist for church and school choirs. Vincy specializes in accompanist work and teaching private piano lessons in Greater Vancouver.

Visual arts & theatre

Visual arts

Karen is a professional mixed-media artist. She's participated in workshops for school children and the Studio 101 Project through the Eastside Culture Crawl. She works at her Parker Street Studios in East Vancouver. Karen is also a coordinator and instructor for the Baker Drive Afterschool Art Club in Coquitlam and a Fine Art instructor at Edmonds Community Centre where she enjoys sharing her passion for art and teaching children.

Literary arts

Cara holds a Master of Fine Arts from UBC. She likes all genres of writing, but focuses on fiction and poetry. Her work has been published in a variety of literary magazines and in a chapbook (a type of printed street literature) of poetry with Rahila’s Ghost Press. She believes anyone who can write words is a writer and she loves showing students how much fun it can be to use writing and language as a creative outlet.

Visual arts

Tami Murray received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design). A working artist, Tami has studied drawing, printmaking, book making, ceramics, sculpture, painting and photography. Her focus in the last decade has been on mixed media art making. Tami splits her creative time between teaching the next generation of visual artists and creating her own art.

Visual arts

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU. She has enjoyed teaching for over 5 years. Her continuing studies include visual culture studies, philosophy, sociology, pedagogy and publishing. Vanessa has experience with a variety of cartooning and art techniques, including Manga and Eastern storytelling. Vanessa teaches our after-school Drawing and Cartooning Programs at a variety of Burnaby elementary schools and at Edmonds Community Centre and Shadbolt Centre for The Arts Outreach Programs.

Julia holds a Bachelor of General Studies in Education with 3 education minors from SFU; and an Associate's Certificate in Non-profit Management from BCIT. As an experienced Burnaby educator and actor with extensive experience in theatre, Julia specializes in improv, youth programming, and costume design. She was once a Burnaby fine arts student and volunteer herself before joining the City as a drama instructor in 2020. Her teaching ethos: the power lies in the active student who is guided by their instructor; creating choices for learning is key; and there is value in growing from 'mistakes'. When Julia isn't teaching, she's a freelance writer and a staffer in non-profit organizations.

Visual arts

Karen is a printmaker based at Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island. She also collaborates on various community art projects and teaches visual arts to children and adults at Edmonds Community Centre and Bonsor Recreation Complex. Her practice explores the process of creative and personal development–specifically, the process of transformation and its relationship with structure and boundaries.

Visual arts

Mona holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Education from SFU. She's a practicing interdisciplinary artist, photographer and certified teacher. As a skilled facilitator and instructor, Mona teaches unique visual arts programs in Greater Vancouver. She has a passion for the arts and believes in its profound effect on people who engage in it. She works with individuals from diverse communities, helping them empower themselves through art. Her exhibitions include photography installation, mixed media, drawing, painting, sculpture, text and environmental art.

Contact us

Christy Beattie, Fine Arts Coordinator
Phone: 604-297-4893
Email: [email protected]

Leah Bedford, Recreation Leader
Phone: 604-297-4838
Email: [email protected]

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