Patty Chop-Board President
Patty Chop has been involved in the arts in one way or another since she was young. In the 70’s Patty was able to inspire young minds as an art history teacher at Mount Royal College and an art teacher in public high schools and in Calgary and Winnipeg. Additionally, she ran supplementary volunteer ceramics programs in elementary schools in Ontario. Growing up, Patty studied tap, ballet, public speaking, piano and voice. Further training as a lifeguard, synchronized and swimming instructor helped prepare Patty as a triathlete which she excelled at throughout her sixties.
These days, Patty enjoys gardening, golf, bridge, traveling, cooking, the symphony, theatre and especially Broken Rhythms Dance. Patty also works independently as a visual artist with glass and printing on clay in her studio. Her experience being a wife, mother and grandmother has given Patty life skills and passion that will add to the multi-talented board of Broken Rhythms Dance.
Trudy David– Co Vice President
Trudy grew up in Edmonton, but fell in love with the adventure of traveling and living in diverse cultures during her teens, when her family moved to Australia for a year. Since then she’s lived and worked in Europe, the French West Indies, and French Polynesia, before settling in Victoria. Her love of languages and cultures led to a thirty year career teaching ESL and French in high schools and colleges. A secondary career in music and opera performance developed through her studies at the Conservatory of Music, and led to sixteen wonderful years with Pacific Opera Victoria where she absolutely loved expressing herself through the drama and music of opera. Trudy’s four children, four grandchildren and late husband, have enriched her life immeasurably. They’ve brought her much joy, joining her in nature, sometimes for ski and surf adventures. They’ve also led her to experience some of life’s challenges and to become a more loving and compassionate human being. In “retirement” Trudy enjoys running her rental property business, practicing many outdoor sports, singing jazz, and dancing. She has greatly admired Dyana Sonik-Henderson and Broken Rhythms Dance Company since meeting them, and is honored to support them by serving on the board.
Tania Betiku-Co Vice President
Tania was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB; a city known for its multiculturalism and thriving arts community. Tania developed a passion for the performing arts early in life; a passion cultivated through her involvement with the Manitoba Theatre Centre for Young People and her participation in several dance and musical productions through the city.In addition to her passion for the performing arts, over the last seventeen years, Tania has also devoted her academic and professional pursuits to understanding and leading initiatives that improve the capacity of public and non-profit organizations. In her current role with the BC Public Service, she leads a team that implements projects aimed at supporting transformation in the Justice Sector.
Tania holds an undergraduate degree in Political Studies, a masters degree in Public Administration and has received national awards for her research on corporate entrepreneurship. In addition, Tania is a Certified Executive Coach that works with individuals and teams to improve their productivity and personal effectiveness.Outside of work you’re most likely to find Tania taking classes in the dance studio or volunteering her time to support community development initiatives.
Kathy Coleman– Treasurer
Born and raised in Victoria, apart from postings in Red Deer and Germany when she was a child, Kathy Coleman is a retired junior high/middle school French (second language) teacher. Since her retirement in 2011, she has taught language arts to visiting Korean language students, edited Masters’ papers and corrected university papers, and is on hiatus from a supervisory position at the University of Victoria, advising and observing student teachers in the classroom. She has always enjoyed her home and garden, but is equally happy to travel, and has enjoyed visits with extended family and friends to Great Britain, France and Italy. Most recently, she travelled to Cuba and Sicily. Her time serving as Treasurer on the Broken Rhythms Board of Directors is broadening her horizons. Kathy enjoys her family: her husband, two sons, their partners and a loving granddaughter. A new grandchild is on the way.
Kristen Iversen- Board Member
Kristen Iversen graduated from the Phoenix Theatre at the University of Victoria in 2014 with her BFA in theatre production and management. She is a Victoria-based stage manager and event manager who has been fortunate to work with many local theatre companies, including Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, Belfry Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, and Theatre Inconnu, and has toured internationally with Nitro Circus Live. She is now very pleased to bring her theatre and live events experience to the Broken Rhythms board of directors. On her days off, Kristen can usually be found enjoying a cup of coffee and a book by the water.