Board Of Directors

President: Brenda Koch

Brenda first fell in love with the Carnival Band at the Parade of Lost Souls in 2000 or so. She had never encountered such a massive and joyful community celebration–a chance encounter that would go on to shape a large part of her life. It wasn’t too long before she became involved both as a drummer and an organizer. She has held the positions of Vice President and President of the society and is the Executive Director for The Greenhorn Community Music Project. She is also an Indigenous Educator at Vancouver’s only Aboriginal Focus School as well as a sometimes visual artist and researcher.

Vice President: Max Bogard

Max is an avid musician with experience performing on and teaching trombone, euphonium, and tuba, as well as writing musical arrangements for ensembles throughout the United States and Canada. A graduate of the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, he founded the Thunderbird Marching Band in 2012, currently the only university-level marching band in Western Canada.

When he’s not playing in a band somewhere, Max is an aspiring web developer and social media specialist, and is excited to put his skills to use for the Open Air Orchestra Society and Carnival Band.

Treasurer: Yonathan Uriel

Yonathan is a full-time Masters student in SFU’s Biology Department, where he studies insect evolution and genomics. He is passionate about science communication and education, and gives talks for classrooms and organizations on a variety of biological topics. His favourite bird is the house finch.
Yonathan is a dedicated Carnie clarinetist, having been absorbed into the band one dreamy summer evening in August 2017.

Secretary:: Sarah Park

Bio coming soon!

Director at Large: Helen Spaxman

Helen has been working as an arts instructor at Britannia Centre for over 25 years. She joined the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 2012 to assist in the Britannia Arts and Culture Office, and has since held other positions for the Britannia Society and Parks Board in Arts Programming, Volunteer Coordination and Facility Rentals/Wedding Liaison.

An avid gardener and multidisciplinary artist, Helen instigates community projects in the neighbourhood such as International Yarn Bombing Day, Children’s Knitting Clubs, Banner Painting, Greening the Bunkers and Mural projects and restorations.

Helen came to the realization that she was in the band in July 2014.