Bios and pictures of some of the Board members (as submitted to High Notes)
David Lintern — President, Sooke Philharmonic Society
I was brought up in Wales. Did my medical degree in Dublin. Practised as a Family Doctor in St Anthony’s Medical Centre Langford for 30 years. Married, 3 children, 4 grandchildren all live in Victoria.
Hobbies… fishing, gardening and listening to high end audio. Live with my wife Margaret in Saseenos. We attended concerts of the SPO for many years. I was on the board of the SPS last year, President this year. No drastic changes proposed for the SPS, it has been a success story and we intend to continue to support this wonderful orchestra.
I became involved with the SPS when President Sue Hyslop approached with an offer I couldn’t refuse!..to sit on the board as co-chair of the Fund Raising Committee with Brenda Parkinson.
Sooke has been my home of choice for 40 years this coming October!
My taste in music is fairly eclectic( I draw the line at Heavy Metal and Rap). Listening to Classical music sweeps me away from the busyness of life to a peaceful place within me.
At present I manage the BC Liquor Store in Sooke and have been employed by the Liquor Distribution Branch for 30 years.
Our community is so fortunate to have such a talented orchestra we can proudly call ours thanks to the vision of Norman and others many years ago! My wish is to see this Sooke gem continue and prosper for many, many years which it will with the continued support of the volunteers and the community. The greatest wish of all is to have a permanent venue in our community for all the arts!
Nicole Kedge — Volunteer Coordinator
I’ve had the pleasure of living in Sooke for 8 years, quite a culture shock after spending 17 years in Hong Kong! On our first visit to Sooke, both the real estate agent and later the seller of the house we were to acquire proudly informed us of the existence of the Sooke Phil. What a delightful surprise although it seemed a bit unreal! Fortunately they were not exagerating and I soon became a keen supporter of the orchestra.
At first I volunteering here and there. After a while someone realized I was always saying ‘yes’ when asked to volunteer. This lead to being asked to take on the Volunteer Coordinator designation a few months ago. I was also recently invited to join the Board of Directors. As I am retired and have a background in management and administration I’m hoping I may be able to make a tangible contribution to the Sooke Phil Society.
I have no other connection to the music world than the pleasure I experience listening to classical music. My hope is that we can introduce and make accessible this precious commodity to more and more neophytes like me.