Honouring Gail Carney

Gail Carney

Gail Carney was publicly honoured at Emily Carr University on behalf of the Shadbolt Centre, City of Burnaby,  North-West Ceramics Foundation, Potters Guild of BC and the Canadian Clay Symposium Collective, for her lifelong contributions to the ceramics community and, particularly, ceramics education.  She has been a significance influence over generations of young potters and artists.  Thank you to such an outstanding woman, teacher and artist!


Honouring Sharon McCoubrey

It is with sincere best wishes, affection and appreciation that we congratulate Sharon on her retirement.

During her 42 years as an art educator, Sharon has been a devoted and passionate advocate for the arts. She has written numerous articles and several books in addition to serving as editor for the BCATA Journal for twelve years. The BCATA, CSEA, and NAEA have all benefited from Sharon’s organizational proficiency and her willingness to contribute her expertise to meetings, conferences and workshops. She has held many executive positions and whenever a job needed doing, Sharon was often the first to volunteer take it on, and to follow through in an ever professional manner. Sharon’s dedication to teaching, research and her service to community arts organizations has been exemplary. She has been the recipient of numerous awards at the provincial, national and international levels in Arts Education, Community Service and Public Art. Recently, Sharon was granted an honourary CSEA membership in recognition of her talents and years of service.

For over 25 years, despite rain and snow, Sharon commuted from Kelowna to Vancouver for Saturday morning meetings. The BCATA executive once considered creating a special award for Sharon entitiled “Queen of the Coquihalla” to recognize her astute highway driving skills. Sharon also earned our respect and admiration for her culinary prowess. Particularly memorable were the chocolate dipped pears from the McCoubrey organic orchard, which always sweetened the agenda. For the May BCATA meeting, Sharon invited the executive to spend the week-end in Kelowna at her home. When all business items were completed, additions to the agenda included sampling culinary treats from Sharon’s kitchen; wine tasting in surrounding vineyards; a sculpture garden tour, and a farewell dinner for Sharon at the Grey Monk winery.

We’ll miss Sharon’s professional presence at the table as she moves on to new adventures in her retirement – more studio time to paint; more time to entertain and garden on her acreage overlooking beautiful Lake Okanagan; and, more time with family – especially her young granddaughter.

We extend gratitude to Sharon for all that she has given to the profession and to arts education.   – Regan Rasmussen, on behalf of the BCATA