Elizabeth Snow – President
Elizabeth is an active volunteer board member with a deep interest in the arts. She is thrilled to have been elected to the board of the Firehall Theatre Society. She has been on the board of the Eastside Culture Crawl since 2011 and served as Chair since 2012. Previously she has also served on such community arts boards as the Contemporary Arts Society of Vancouver, Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the YVR Art Foundation and the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. She is retired from a career with the federal government. She has a BA from UBC and an MA from UofT.
Jonathan Hanvelt – Past President
Jonathan is a Vancouver-based lawyer, practicing labour and employment law and general civil litigation. While a lawyer by trade, Jonathan comes to the Firehall as an avid fan of the theatre and a deep desire to be involved in it. This desire previously led to him working at Bard on the Beach, sitting on the Board of Horned Moon Productions, and launching a short-lived and entirely unspectacular career as a high school actor. Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in sociology from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria. He also currently sits on the Board of PEDAL, a local cycling organization.
Irina Zyuzina – Treasurer
Irina Zyuzina is a CPA, CA with over 8 years of experience in accounting advisory, assurance, financial planning and process improvements. Throughout her career with Deloitte LLP, Irina served a wide range of businesses from multinational corporations to family-run businesses, NPOs and First Nation’s governments. Irina holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary.
Irina is passionate about social artistry and is a firm believer that art can change the world. Also, Irina particularly enjoys West coast visual arts. Irina is Russian-born and lived in four countries including her latest two-year adventure in Paris.
Brian Paterson – Secretary
Brian Paterson is an arts marketing specialist who chairs the Firehall Arts Centre’s Marketing Advisory Committee and contributes insights on communications strategy, advertising, and digital media to the board. Brian is Head of Marketing + Digital and Partner at Murray Paterson Marketing Group, a boutique agency dedicated to the arts + culture sector, where he works with a range of clientele including Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Opera, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Museum of Anthropology, among others. Originally trained as a classical actor, Brian later shifted to marketing and received an Honours Bachelor with High Distinction from the University of Toronto’s Arts Management Program. Prior to MPMG, Brian leant his marketing prowess to such organizations as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Leonard Cohen, The David Suzuki Foundation, The Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, Parks Canada, The Radio City Rockettes, and Ballet BC.
Behzad is a long time Realtor and Mortgage Broker in Vancouver with a passion for theatre and the performing arts.He brings with him over 14 years of experience in the private business sector; he is a firm believer that the private sector can play a very important part in supporting and nurturing the not-for-profit artistic venues in our society which allow genuine expressions to grow and flourish. Maintaining and preserving the legacy and history of the Firehall Arts Centre in its current location are the primary passion and reason for Behzad’s involvement with the board to sustain the longevity of a unique and original piece of Vancouver’s History. Behzad is also a volunteer with the West End/ Coal harbour Community Policing Centre and he is fluent in French. He holds an Undergraduate Degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Business Management.
Donna Spencer – Ex-Officio