Pat is a veteran of the Canadian theatre and the recording arts industry. Originally from Nova Scotia, Pat and her family have made Nelson, B.C. their home since 2000. She has a degree in Theatre from Dalhousie University, plus further studies in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia. Pat has performed, directed and produced, theatre and concerts across Canada. She is the recipient of awards in music and television. Pat is the 2018 recipient of a Special Citation in recognition for her “considerable Contribution to Arts, Culture and Heritage in the City of Nelson, B.C.” She was nominated for the Courage to Come Back Award in 2015. Pat has spent many years on non-profit boards, most recently the Chair of the Capitol Theatre, Nelson. She is an appointed director of the Pacific Regional Victims Advisory Committee and an active volunteer and presenter for MADD Canada. Pat’s memoir, Beyond the Legal Limit, her first non-fiction book, will be published in February 2021, which is currently being adapted for the stage as a dramatic presentation with music through a Canada Council Research and Creation Grant.
A member of Council since 2018, her current appointment was made on July 8, 2019 for a two year term.