PEOPLE ‘N PLACES: Victoria students show talents in public speaking and music

News jobs announced for Chris Kask, James McKenzie and Mark Breslauer

HIGH PRAISE ... Classical singer Tasha Farivar has won the $5,000 Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival’s Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship.

Tasha went up against some tough competition from a variety of students in different music disciplines.

The award was presented by Lt.-Gov Judith Guichon.


MUSIC AND MONEY …Chris Kask is the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s new chief financial officer.

Chris has operated his own financial consulting firm, CK Consulting in Victoria for 13 years.

Jacalyn Weech, VCM’s previous CFO, is moving to Arizona with her husband to pursue new opportunities.


CHANGING OF THE GUARD … A note from Catherine Novak last week to tell us of changes at Monk Office.

James McKenzie will change his role as president and CEO of the company after 32 years. James will remain an owner of the company and will continue as chair of the Monk Office advisory committee. No change in ownership will occur.

In McKenzie’s place, Monk welcomes Mark Breslauer as the new chief executive. His experience includes senior management positions with Princess Auto and Shell Canada.


NEW VENTURE … Alistair Vigier and Matt Vaillant have opened Alpha Sales.

Alpha Sales offer local businesses a way to outsource various sales needs.

The company can be found at, as well as on Facebook and twitter.


SPEAKING OUT … Esquimalt secondary school student Kaitlyn Grant-Mann took second place at the second annual Public Speaking Contest for local secondary students in Greater Victoria, Saanich and Sooke school districts, sponsored by Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial.

Honorable mention went to Ryan Cahoon-Cardinal from S.J. Willis Education Centre in Victoria.

And how was your week?


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