Earlier this week, my partner Kim Mailey and I were delighted to attend a very special event at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. The Chairman’s Reception is held in honour of Kay Meek Centre supporters, and is hosted by Chair of the Board, Nancy Spooner. Mailey Rogers Group has sponsored the Kay Meek Centre for nearly a decade – almost as long the theatre has been open! At present, we are the ‘Season Sponsor’ for the centre (our seventh year in this role), and were recognized as such at the reception. What an incredible evening it was!
The reception gave the Mailey Rogers Group the opportunity to mingle with fellow Kay Meek Centre supporters. While Brie and Tannis were introduced to the new board members, Kim and I enjoyed mingling with KMC Legacy Council members Susanna Bell-Irving Gray, Liz Byrd and Maggie Pappas (who sung the praises of our new Executive Director Rob Gloor). These were just a few of the wonderful guests who make up the Kay Meek Centre family.
Nancy Spooner offered words of thanks to reception guests and introduced the dynamic North Shore Celtic Ensemble (pictured right) (Claude Giguere, Director). Their rhythmic performance was brilliantly executed. The talented young ensemble members were truly excited to have been invited, and seemed inspired by the Ashley MacIsaac concert scheduled for later that evening.
Ashley MacIsaac made this concert feel like a Ceilidh. He transformed the stage into a Cape Breton-style kitchen party with his dynamic fiddle playing and charming stories of life in Nova Scotia. Ashley truly proved why he has sold over 500,000 albums, entertained the Queen and been given the honour to open the 2010 Winter Olympics. Fellow musicians “Sticks” and Robbie Fraser added extraordinary beats and keyboard rhythms to make this evening a night to remember. A big shout out to Fiona Black of Capilano University for facilitating this special engagement for Kay Meek Centre fans!
Be sure to read our blog again next week for more on the longstanding relationship between Mailey Rogers Group and Kay Meek Centre!