Pat holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Dalhousie University Acting program. She is a long term member of the Canadian Actors Equity Association and SOCAN Music association. She is a 37 year veteran of Canadian Theatre as actress, singer, director and producer. Her acting credits include The Melville Boys, Glass Menagerie, Crimes of the Heart, Oliver!, Dames at Sea, Jacque Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Oh Coward! Her performing career has taken to her from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, Toronto, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Yukon. Her television, radio and film credits include CTV Windows Series, NFB The Great Atlantic, CBC Chasing Rainbows, CBC Radio Drama’s The Spring Hill Mining Disaster, Melinda, I’m Not Dead Yet, and film TheTall Man. As a recording artist, Pat’s solo cd earned her a KMA Song of the Year award and recently she can be heard singing with her ten siblings on their new album, Edge of Heaven: 10 Kids 10 Songs.
Pat has co-founded three Canadian production and theatre companies: Another Theatre Company, Halifax, along with 5 Dalhousie theatre grads (co-artistic director 1982-85); Kings Theatre Players, Annapolis Royal summer rep company (company manager and co-artistic producer, 1982-85); LPV Productions, Dawson City, Yukon (Artistic Producer, Palace Grand Theatre, Vaudeville and The Diamond Tooth Gertie show 1994-97).
Pat has been involved with youth performance as a Drama Festival adjudicator, drama instructor (Fort Qu’Appelle Drama School, Sask., Dawson City, Yukon, Neptune Theatre School, Halifax) and in schools as part of the Artists in the Schools program.
In 2000 Pat and her family moved to Nelson, BC where Pat pursued arts administration. She became the Executive Director for the Nelson and District Arts Council for six years before joining the staff of Selkirk College as Development and Alumni Coordinator (2006-13).
Pat has been a volunteer for or sat on several non-profit boards, including the Amy Ferguson Institute for Music, Dawson City Daycare and Nelson Chamber of Commerce. She currently sits as a Director for the Capitol Theatre Society and the Pacific Regional Victims Advisory Committee (for MADD Canada).
Her appointment as a member commenced on July 31st, 2018 for a one year term.