2016 – 17 Film Festival Board of Directors

  • Chair: Lee Coulter
  • Vice Chair: Heather Allen
  • Treasurer: Ann Nelson
  • Secretary: Myrna Leishman
  • Director: Margaret Gardiner
  • Director: Patti Rudiak
  • Director: Claudia Medina
  • Director: Guy Pocklington
  • Director: Tai Uhlmann
  • Past Chair / City Council Representative: Carole Ann Leishman

Michelle-biopic-159wMichelle Hignell, Festival Director


Michelle has been with the Film Festival since 2006. She worked in BC’s film & television industry after graduating from Capilano College’s Media Program and UBC in 2003. She has worked for independent production companies and the Knowledge Network. She’s helped to organize and present the BC Student Film Festival, the locally made feature doc “Defining Diversity, Creating Community”, and short journalistic pieces for Shaw TV. Michelle also directs the Powell River International Summer Music Academy.


Megan Dulcie Dill, Youth Program Coordinator


Megan Dulcie Dill is a British Columbia artist recognized for her contemporary interpretations of the natural world. She is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and a MAA candidate at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. As an arts educator Megan is interested in rethinking conventional ways of learning and engaging curiosity as a catalyst for change. She recently completed a body of work combining audio soundscapes with mixed media paintings and facilitated public art programming through mediated walks. Megan has been volunteering as a video camera assistant, and also works with the Powell River Diversity Initiative and Academy of Music.

Kim headshot 2Kim Barton-Bridges, Box Office Coordinator


Kim, her husband and three daughters moved to Powell River in 1998 from Vancouver.  Their youngest daughter started university last year, so while they are officially empty-nesters, they remain at the beck and call of their three furry kids.  Her volunteer pursuits include positions with the PR Hospice Society and the BC Ferries Advisory Committee for our region.  She loves the quiet, coastal lifestyle and the various arts and cultural events for which this community has earned a solid reputation.



Gary Shilling - casualGary Shilling, Marketing & Communications


Gary is a Marketing & Communications professional with a hands-on approach to delivering compelling messages. He has practical knowledge in all aspects of concept development, production, and measurement. Over the course of his career he’s been successful in managing creative and technology to deliver high-quality, on-time, and on-budget work, while collaborating with stakeholders to craft messages that follow brand standards and compel recipients to respond. Gary’s combination of entrepreneurial, technology, theoretical, and practical experience, brings a creative, thoughtful approach to Marketing and Communications.