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.
Andrea Anthony, Program Coordinator
Andrea started as the Fine Arts Coordinator at Edmonds Community Centre in 2015, and has been with the City of Burnaby since 2008 in a variety of roles. She holds a Bachelors Degree in History from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Grade 10 Piano Performance Diploma through the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has loved being a part of the growth of the Edmonds Arts Programs, and is passionate about creating new opportunities for the community to enjoy Fine Arts programs alongside our great instructors.
Stephanie Anderson, Fine Arts Leader
Stephanie Anderson started her career with the City of Burnaby in 2009 working as a Skating Instructor. Since then, she has worked in various recreation centres and roles before joining the Edmonds Fine Arts department in 2016. Stephanie has always valued the importance of fostering connections among individuals. Through her work, she has actively sought to build inclusive spaces where people from diverse backgrounds can come together, share their stories, and forge lasting relationships with their community. Stephanie is committed to the development of thriving art programs and to seeing the Edmonds Arts community continue to grow.
From a young age, the stage was Emma Best’s second home. Her first stage was the dance floor at Centennial Community Centre in New Westminster, where at age three, she took her first dance class. Her penchant for performance grew with each year of dance, allowing Emma to graduate high school as not only an honour student and scholarship recipient, but also as a celebrated member of both drama and dance. At Boswell Dance Academy, as a competitive dancer and soloist for eight years, Emma has been awarded numerous high score titles, as well as taken part in R.A.D (Royal Academy of Dance) Ballet exams, completing up to Advanced One. She has mastered technique in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern/contemporary, stage, tap, and hip hop. After three years as a teaching assistant, Emma is now thrilled to be instructing dance students of her own. By returning to a place very similar to where she took her first dance steps, Emma is grateful for this opportunity to enrich the lives of young future dancers.
Danielle has a strong passion for the arts; especially dance. She's trained in all styles, including hip-hop, tap, jazz, stage and acrobatics. The opportunity to teach students has taken Danielle's creativity to new heights. Ten years ago she brought her versatility and energy to teaching Acro Dance and Jazz Dance at Bonsor, and continues to be an integral part of the team.
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.
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.
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.
Kristina has been pursuing her love of music from the age of 3. Since then, she has successfully completed the Royal Conservatory of Music Elementary and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy teaching certificates and is currently working towards completing her Advanced ARCT certificate. Kristina finds teaching a truly rewarding experience and looks forward to seeing the growth and improvement in her students. These past years have been devoted to instilling a love of the arts into the youth through teaching both piano and dance. Having also completed the Royal Academy of Dance grades exams, when not at the piano Kristina also shares a passion of dance. Kristina is so excited to be apart of Edmonds and looks forward to continuing to share the joy of music with others.
Piano and preschool music
Sarah holds piano pedagogy teaching certificates through the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) for elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. She has completed all RCM exams with theory requirements. Her musical training began at Staccato Music studios at the age of three with instructor Kera Doherty. Sarah has performed at festivals across the lower mainland as well as community and private events. In addition to teaching piano she also teaches baby, toddler, and preschool group music classes. Sarah takes pride in making learning fun for all students so that they can build a love for music that will last a lifetime while developing technical skills on the piano. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Education at Simon Fraser University with a specialization focused on children with developmental disabilities.
Surim is a highly accomplished cellist and an instructor. Surim received her Bachelor of Performance degree and a minor in piano performance from the Akademie für Tonkunst in Germany, where she studied with Professor Peter Wolf and Carina Stangorra. She then went on to earn her Master of Performance degree from the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg, Germany where she studied with Professor Jakob Spahn and Professor Alexander Ruder. Since then, Surim has performed in many prestigious concert halls in Germany and Italy such as the Meistersingerhalle, Heilig-Geist-Saal, Kurhaus Wiesbaden, Frankfurt Cathedral and Teatro Curci. Surim has also participated in many international music competitions and masterclasses, winning awards such as the Franz-Hoffman Award in the Mozart Kammermusik Competition and the Second Place Award in the Citta di Barletta International Competition.
As a teacher, Surim values the importance of developing a strong relationship with each of her students and strives to create an encouraging and fun learning environment. She recognizes that every student is unique and aims to tailor her teaching approach to each student’s individual needs and learning styles. She believes that music is an ever-evolving art form and that it is important to keep up with the latest trends and developments. Whether a student is a beginner or an advanced musician, her goal is to help them reach their full potential and achieve their musical aspirations.
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.
Guitar and ukulele
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.
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.
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.
Iris is a fun, and experienced educator dedicated to discovering the different learning styles of each student and making lessons fun and enjoyable while grasping the concepts learned. She completed her undergraduate at UBC, has undergone a valuable mentorship program from UBC School of Music, inspiring her to research more pedagogy training from famous composers like Forrest Kinney. She had the honour to learn from Forrest Kinney and he has been her inspiration to continue his legacy on “Pattern Play,” an art of piano improvisation. Iris is certified in the curriculum for Music for Young Children (MYC), Musikgarten, Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM). She has been teaching for over 15 years and as a side hobby, she enjoys playing the harp.
Iris believes we can all make music and learn to express our feelings with music. Her recent teaching experience involves using adaptation to customize lesson plans and developing flexible and playful strategies to support students with diverse abilities. After gaining valuable teaching insight as a Behavioural Interventionist, an Educational Assistant and Inclusion Teacher for schools inclusive of Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School, she founded an Adapted Piano Program in 2022.
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.
Voice and preschool music
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 and ukulele
Craig has been a professional musician, composer and educator for over 30 years. He has played guitar, bass and drums, in a multitude of Jazz, Rock, Folk and Country groups across Canada, and has toured throughout the world. Craig has toured and recorded with Frazey Ford, the Washboard Union, Kent McAlister and the Iron Choir, Joel Kroeker, the Cape May, Ridley Bent, Camaro 67, Kingsway and the Great Outdoors.
A graduate of Mount Royal University in Calgary, he obtained his Music Diploma in 1993. Since 1991 he has been teaching guitar, bass and drums to all ages, both privately and through various music schools in western Canada. He currently teaches through the City of Burnaby at Edmonds Community Centre, and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
Guitar and ukulele
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.
Voice, guitar and ukulele
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.
Siuyee holds a Grade 8 Piano Performance certificate from, and is currently pursuing a Piano Performance Diploma at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from SFU. Siuyee is a dedicated piano teacher who believes playing piano should be fun and enjoyable. She is excited to share her passion for music with her students of all ages.
Piano and flute
Georgia is a graduate of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University with a Bachelor of Music. She is a passionate music instructor and enjoys seeing her students learn and grow. She studied flute with Carolyn Christie at McGill University, as well as Brenda Fedoruk and Suzanne Snizek in Vancouver. Georgia holds an Associate of the Royal Schools of Music Diploma in Piano Performance, and has completed her Royal Conservatory of Music Piano Level 10 studies. She has studied piano with David Vandereyk and Rosemary O’Conner. She has also attended flute masterclasses at the Orford Music Academy and Domaine Forget. Georgia is a dedicated flute and piano teacher and is happy to help students build a strong musical foundation while sharing a love of music with students. She is excited to inspire her students to express themselves through music and develop their own creative voice.
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.
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.
Visual arts, theatre & literature
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.
Devan has immersed himself in the world of 2-D Animation, Comics, and Illustration for countless years. Ever since childhood, his love for fantasy, manga, anime, and comics has driven him to doodle everywhere. Devan is currently making a comic; if you'd like to learn more check out devandiroccodraws online. Devan firmly believes that creativity has boundless avenues of expression, and looks forward to exploring and creating art together!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Irina Samarukava is a multidisciplinary artist with a passion for sharing the process of creating hand-crafted projects with others. Irina loves exploring new mediums and art forms and experimenting with projects both big and small. She is versatile in teaching different arts and crafts such as drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting, knitting, felting, batique and origami folding. Irina was born in Belarus, East Europe where she obtained her bachelor degree in Fine Arts. Irina has been teaching art at an elementary school for over 12 years, and since moving to Canada in 2003, she has been teaching students of different ages in her private studio. Recently Irina has joined the Art team at Edmonds community Centre and at Shadbolt Centre for the Art in Burnaby.
MacKenzie Sewell is a writer and writing teacher based out of the Greater Vancouver Area. She has a total of 11 years of teaching & coaching experience, including experience working with children with autism and other special needs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in creative writing from UBC, where she specialised in both Poetry and Young Adult Fiction. She is currently a graduate student working on her Master’s degree in creative writing. MacKenzie's favourite children’s book is Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery!
Andrea Anthony, Program Coordinator
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