Board of Directors
This enthusiastic Board of Directors works tirelessly to fulfill CYMC’s mission statement.
The purpose of the Society is to instill and encourage a love of music and kindred arts in its students and the general public and to pursue a high standard of excellence in education and performance.
CYMC Board of Directors – since 2015
Born and raised in Niagara Falls Ontario, Myrna has been involved in both music and theatre since she was a teenager. She played flute in the Westlane High School Band, and at the age of 16 she made up her mind to pursue a career as a band teacher. After graduating from high school with top honours as an ‘Ontario Scholar,’ Myrna attended the University of Western Ontario’s Don Wright Faculty of Music to take her Bachelor’s Degree in Music. She then went on to the Althouse College of Education for her B. Ed. degree, majoring in music with a minor in theatre arts, and graduating on the Dean’s List. She spent 11 years teaching mostly Band, as well as Choir, Drama, French, English, and Social Studies on the beautiful Queen Charlotte Islands, now known as Haida Gwaii. It was there she met her husband Neil Nahirnick, at the wedding of one of her former trumpet players from the school band. Myrna and Neil moved to the Comox Valley in 1991, and have lived at Saratoga Beach ever since. They have two children, Natasha and James-Amzin, both born and raised in the Comox Valley.
Myrna also taught band, choir, and French at the old Robb Road Junior School in Comox until 2001, when she retired from teaching due to a disabling chemical injury. In 2008 she picked up her baton again to volunteer as musical director for the Rainbow Youth Theatre Society, and also served on the board of directors and as Vice -President for a number of years. Currently, Myrna is a member of the Celebration Singers, serving both as a board member and section leader, as well as holding the position of vice-president on the board of CYMC.
CYMC Board of Directors – since 2016
Marcia Haley was involved with CYMC for many years as a cello student and chorister. She has also performed on cello in many groups in the Comox Valley, including the North Island Choral Society (where she is also a singer,) and the local orchestra. Marcia joined the board of CYMC in 2016 and helps with equipment management, concert set-up and grant writing. She also enjoys contributing to the various challenging design and display projects within CYMC.
CYMC Board of Directors – since 2010
She has been involved with community theatre in the Comox Valley for almost 20 years. Throughout the years Shari has produced over 25 productions, stage managed 20 productions and has been involved with over 20 other productions as a member of the production team. Over the years she has served on the Rainbow Youth Theatre board and she is currently the past president for Courtenay Little Theatre. In 2009 she worked as the CYMC Office Assistant Manager and has been actively involved with CYMC ever since.
Shari believes that the key to successfully producing top quality productions is cooperation and collaboration, she is proud of the volunteers who work tirelessly for all of the theatre groups in the community. She enjoys working with the incredible CYMC Musical Theatre faculty and watching the students thrive in a positive environment every summer.
Shari was born and raised in southern Ontario; she studied Business Management at Sheridan College, in Oakville. She moved to Vancouver in 1986 and then moved to the Comox Valley with her husband in 1991 to raise their family. Shari has worked as Support Staff at North Island College since 2010.
CYMC Board of Directors – since 2000
Diane Maxted has lived in the Comox Valley for over forty years and has put down deep roots in this community. Training in Early Childhood Education at NIC deepened her appreciation of young people, especially her two sons. Interest in education led to serving on the board of the Comox Valley Children’s Day Care Society, and local parent advisory councils. She has served on the boards of Area “B” Rural Residents Association, Friends of Comox-Lazo Forest Reserve and the Macdonald Wood Park Society.
She spent thirty-three years at the Courtenay Library, where she was employed as Assistant Circulation Supervisor and was able to share the joys of storytelling. Now retired, she manages her own vacation rental business and sings with the Celebration Singers.
Discovering summer concerts at Vanier High School emboldened her to join the CYMC Festival Choir, and later she joined the board of directors. With CYMC’s rich history of providing so many wonderful opportunities for youth, highly skilled mentors and community to interact, it has been a good fit. After many years, Diane enjoys working with all the members of the team to ensure that talented young people can continue to enjoy life-changing experiences in music, and take that with them wherever they go.
CYMC Board of Directors – since 2021
Sam Morton, known by his followers and fans as Jungle Man Sam, is a conscious songwriter, teacher, and creator originally from Toronto. After completing his Bachelor’s of Music in the renowned Humber Jazz Program, his spiritual journey came to life as a world traveler where he discovered his message for the world in writing his songs inspired by the beauty of traveling through countries like Peru and Guatemala. Not long after making an important industry connection at Envision Festival in Costa Rica, he found himself sharing the stage internationally with some of the world’s biggest Reggae and Roots artists such as Medicine for the People, Collie Buddz, and Mike Love. Sam has made a number of music videos, some with worldwide viral success.
Now Sam is enjoying life in the Comox Valley with his wife Darcy and their two-year-old daughter Eva. He has a growing base of students enrolling in his online courses and is excited to be joining the ranks of contributors to the historic academic society that is CYMC.
Jay van der Voort
CYMC Board of Directors – since 2017
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Board of Directors since 2021
Jon May grew up an avid music lover whose passion for the drums and piano eventually had him completing a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. He got the opportunity to play everything from Jazz, Folk, Avant-guard, Rock, Classical, Bee-bop, Country, Funk, R&B, and beyond with such groups as Juno award winner Laila Biali, multiple move award winner Blake Reid, The Mocking Shadows, Juno nominated John Wort Hannam, Break Out West nominated group Sinistrio, Canadian icon Ian Tomas, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and many, many others. He has toured around the world and is a featured artist in the award-winning documentary, “No Roads In” where he had a lead role in the 2019 Calgary Stampede Grand Stand Show.
Jon’s has been teaching for 20 plus years around North America for different schools and music camps. He is excited to be joining CYMC for the first time to present a brand new Percussion program that has never been seen before!
Board of Directors since 2021
Christine Baxter is a dynamic vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter known for her ability to convey a level of authenticity that reaches into the soul. She has received mention in the international songwriting competition, toured as a backup singer, written and arranged songs for choirs, and released music as a solo artist.
As co-founder of the folk/Latin duo Sweet SantaFe Christine Baxter and Michel Rivero collaborate together to tour, teach and record original music in Spanish and English translating the rawness of emotions into songs that feel familiar and remain memorable after the first listen. They have been interviewed by CBC radio and have been played widely across college radio and were awarded a FACTOR grant in 2020 to create their newest 3 song ep
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Board of Directors since 2021
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