Staff bios

Welcome Kelly

We’d like to officially introduce you to Kelly Creelman. She joined our team as our new Audience Services Manager earlier this year so this introduction is well overdue. Kelly runs our Box Office, oversees our ticketing system, and she will facilitate the Festival’s Adopt a Class program.  Learn more about
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Welcome Evelyn

We’d like to introduce you to Evelyn Kwan. She recently joined our team as the School and Information Administrator. Please contact Evelyn for school bookings, inquiries about the Festival’s Adopt-a-Class program, and general inquiries about the Festival. Learn more about Evelyn below! Can you tell us a little about your
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Welcome Melanie!

We’d like to introduce you to Melanie Hiepler. She is coming on board as our School and Information Administrator. Please contact Melanie for school bookings, inquiries about the Festival’s Adopt-a-Class program, and general inquiries about the Festival. Learn more about Melanie below! Tell us how you first got involved with
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Welcome Marika!

We’d like to introduce you to Marika Kovalcikova. She is taking over the role of Development Manager here at the Festival while Michelle Cronier is on Maternity leave.  Please contact Marika if your company, business or foundation is interested in supporting the Festival.  We recently sat down with Marika and asked
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Welcome Sophie!

We’d like to introduce you to Sophie Mines, the newest member of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival’s staff.  Sophie has come on board as our new Education and Volunteer Coordinator. She will be replacing the extraordinary Diana Stewart-Imbert. Although she has big shoes to fill, we are confident that Sophie
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Festival Volunteer Vinny Vipond Breaks World Record!

Congratulations to long time Vancouver International Children’s Festival volunteer, Vinny Vipond for breaking the world record for longest distance travelled on a unicycle…while juggling! It should come to no surprise that Vinny volunteers every year at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival’s Circus Tent teaching festival goers how to juggle.  He’s
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Meet our Development Manager

We’d like to introduce you to Michelle Cronier, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival’s Development Manager.  She is responsible for facilitating new connections and developing relationships with all of the Festival’s supporters, donors and sponsors. Please contact Michelle if your company, business or foundation is  interested in supporting the Festival.  We
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Meet our Operations Manager

Leanne Zacharias has been involved with the Festival for many years and in many different capacities. From her early days with the Festival as a volunteer and performer to running our Artist Services,  Leanne always brings her infectious enthusiasm and passion to whatever her role.  Now, we’d like to welcome
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Farewell Diana

It breaks our hearts to announce that a very special member of our Kids’ Fest Family, Diana Stewart-Imbert, our Education and Volunteer Manager, is retiring from the Festival after spending 20 years with us. Over the years, Diana has worked in many roles at the Festival.  She started out as
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