Winnie Tam | Founder & Director
artspace is founded and operated by Winnie Tam (BA, BEd) whose own life has been enriched by musical and artistic exploration. Combined with her teaching experience, Winnie has extensive management experience at some of Canada’s most innovative and renowned arts, educational, and cultural organizations in Vancouver, including Arts Umbrella. She was also the principal of her own arts and education consulting firm, providing management and development expertise to education and arts organizations. Strongly believing that all children should have the opportunity to be enriched by high quality arts exploration, Winnie established artspace as a social enterprise by offering arts outreach initiatives to children in Burnaby. Winnie is a parent of two children whose creativity, imagination, and love of dance, music, and art inspired her to fulfill her dream of opening artspace in her family’s community of Burnaby Heights.
MICHAEL ALLARD | Since Michael was five years old he knew drawing funny pictures was the most fun he could have. Michael received his art training at Alberta College of Art and Vancouver Film School and has worked in various animation studios in Vancouver. Michael has extensive teaching experience in fundamentals of drawing & painting, illustration, cartooning and animation. He has taught students from age 3 to adults both privately and at various art schools in Calgary and in Vancouver, including Arts Umbrella. Michael’s creative, innovative approach to teaching includes humour and fun. “I enjoy inspiring students to bring their own interests and curiosities to their art work.”
STEPHANIE BOURGETEL | Stephanie trained in dance for most of her youth in Whitehorse, YT and and then with Goh Ballet Youth Company in Vancouver. After several years of intensive training in a broad range of styles, from Classical Ballet to Jazz and street styles, Stephanie turned her focus to teaching. Most recently acquiring her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and her 70-Hour YHot Teacher Training Certificate from YYoga Teacher’s College, Stephanie incorporates some aspects of yoga into most of her teaching to bring greater body awareness to her students. “I believe that learning requires dedication with times of laughter, and I know for a fact that every student is capable of achieving greatness.”
EMILY CHAN |Emily is a multi-instrumentalist who can play ukulele, piano, guitar, and drums. She has been certified to teach by the James Hill Ukulele Initiative, and has experience with children as a music educator, tutor, and workshop facilitator. She has taught ukulele, piano, and skiing, and is excited to use her teaching skills to mentor students in the Kid’s Club program. Her goal is to create a learning environment where her students feel safe and supported. “Teaching is a such unique privilege. I love to help equip students to succeed!”
NICHOLAS CHAN | Nicholas has always been inspired by artists from all kinds of genres, from jazz and classical to pop and rock. His favourite thing to do is to arrange popular songs to play on the ukulele, guitar, saxophone, or piano. As a certified Ukulele educator, Nicholas is passionate about travelling the globe to share his love for teaching music. He has recently been in Hawaii, California and Toronto and looks forward to visiting Australia next! He has also participated in workshops with Bruce Shimabukuro, Guido Heistek, and James Hill. “I love how music can bring people together – I have met students and teachers all over the world and music is always an instant connection.”
TAMI CLINE | Tami is known to pick out books from the library based on the illustrations on the cover and inside; some of her favourite books of all time were chosen that way. She received her BFA at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (back before it became a University) and while she majored in Photography, she also studied drawing, printmaking and painting for a few years before getting behind the lens. Tami has taught privately with children ages two and up including her own two daughters who are amazing artists themselves. “I love making art with children. They see things without filters and share their views in unique and surprising ways.”
AMY DUVAL | Amy is currently studying Visual Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is most passionate about ceramics and painting. While completing her studies, she is pursuing a career in art education, working in Burnaby, Richmond, and Vancouver. Having 3 years of experience working with children in both a studio and an art gallery setting, Amy loves to create a positive, safe environment for children in which they can explore their creative side, learn new skills, and discover what inspires them. “Every class is a completely new experience. I love how my students always surprise and amaze me with their creative, unfiltered approach to making art.”
KAYLA HEYBLOM | Kayla is originally from Acme, Alberta and has been dancing and singing since she was 10 years old. While in Alberta, Kayla received her certificate in Early Childhood Education and has been working with children ever since. Kayla is a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program and has been performing around Vancouver with Entrance Theatre (Riverview High The Musical), Theatre Under the Starts (Titanic), UR Productions (Cats). Kayla is a co-producer with Springboard Theatre Productions and teaches with StageCoach Theatre Arts. “I love being able to combine my two passions of working with children and performing and supporting children in finding their own passion!”
KARLEY KYLE-MOFFAT | Karley has created and taught fine arts programs for young children throughout Metro Vanouver. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Ukrainian, and Musical Theatre, and has played violin and viola in a number of string groups, chamber ensembles, and orchestras. Karley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance, with distinction, from Simon Fraser University’s School for Contemporary Arts and studied in the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School.
JADA POWELL | Jada is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon where she has been dancing since she 7 years old and teaching since she was 12 years old. She is a versatile professional dancer with an honours degree in Psychology who remains eager to learn and improve her craft. Dance has taken Jada to many places around the world and she continues to live for sharing her passion with others. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to access my inner child through my time shared with these students.”
ALICIA WONG | Born and raised in Vancouver, Alicia started her musical journey at the age of 3. She has trained with top ukulele artists in Hawaii and has been certified to teach by the internationally renowned James Hill Ukulele Initiative. Alicia has experience working with children in classroom and summer camp settings, and aims to empower her students to achieve their goals. “I love teaching because every student is different, and each one brings their own unique personality to class.”
ELIZABETH YANG | Elizabeth loves singing and playing piano, bass and ukulele. As an experienced music educator and a certified ukulele instructor, Elizabeth loves to share her passion for music with others. Her favourite pastime is jamming with her family and friends as well as teaching music in the community. Elizabeth has spread her love of music in Montreal, New York and Guatemala, where she taught ukulele to local music teachers. “Music allows people to connect and have fun together. Music is truly a universal language!”
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