Meet the Team
Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
Treasurer - Concesion and Outside Vendors Director
Stephen Kass considers himself a long time Vancouver Islander. Having lived in the Nanaimo for over 35 years, he has raised his family, operated his retail Halloween and haunted house businesses, and has been a proud volunteer in the community.
In 2004, Stephen became part of the VIEx family. Elected as President for 4 years and subsequently holding the Treasurer position for the last 12 years, Stephen has seen many changes to the City and the VIEx. As a lifetime VIEx member, Stephen looks forward to the ongoing development and completion of the new Agricultural Centre at Beban Park in the upcoming years. You can contact Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debbie (Deb) Cosman
Secretary & Community Festival Stage Director
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Vice President - Home Arts Director
Born and raised in Nanaimo, Margaret has been a Director of the VIEx since 2009, and is the past Secretary of the Board. Her passion for arts and crafts has made her an influential Director of the Home Arts section of VIEx. She loves showcasing the talent and many groups of the crafting community of Nanaimo. She can be caught often going through new crafts fondly. You can contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen is the President of the Vancouver Island Exhibition. She has been involved with the VIEx for 23 years. Starting out as an exhibitor with her emus, Karen joined the Board and has held the positions of Livestock Director, past President, Vice-President and Secretary. In addition to her current roles, she is also the chairperson of the VIEx’s 52 bed Community Garden and the President of the BC Fairs Provincial Association.
Karen was born in Edmonton, raised in Nanaimo and now lives in Lantzville. She has been married for 35 years, has 5 children and 8 grandchildren, which keep her very busy. Karen believes strongly in the impact and benefits that fairs contribute to all communities. As Nanaimo is a large urban area with very few farms left, the VIEx is needed to reinforce tradition and teach people where their food comes from. You can contact Karen at email@example.com
Directors at Large
Main Stage Director
Michelle is a new addition to our team this year, though she has been a volunteer in the Mainstage area for years. This year she will be taking on the responsibilities of Director of Mainstage!
We are so excited to have Michelle joining our board this year, she has been working in and around the music industry since 2005 working with various bands and artists, booking and promoting tours and events.
Michelle has so much more than just her experience in the music industry to share with us, she has also worked on and planned many other major events in Nanaimo including the Nanaimo BBQ Festival, Harvest festival Nanaimo and Country Idol!
Michelle has been coming to the VIEx for as long as she can remember, and she been volunteering with us on and off for over 20 years. She is extremely excited to join our board and becoming a part of such a fun community event!
You can contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Livestock and 4H Director
If it has to do with animals, then Jim Brown is the person you need to chat with. As a lifetime member, Jim has been volunteering his time for over 16 years at the VIEx. And he can also be seen at other fairs and events on the Island as well.
Whether working with his 4-H groups or other animal enthusiasts, Jim’s dedication to the health and wellness of all animals in the community is a testament to his commitment for a strong agricultural presence for future years to come.
If you have any questions or comments, you can contact Jim at email@example.com.
Family Fun Zone Director & Webmaster
Contessa Abbott has been involved with the Alberta music and festival industry over 10 years. She started by organizing workshops and facilitating conferences while taking her Social Work Bachelor’s Degree, and raising her four children. She proudly has influenced many community development and grassroots projects, combining her love of music and helping others together. Over the years she was able to work with many notable artists and organizations in the fashion, acting, music, and humanitarian fields.
Being a part of VIEx is a family affair for her and her children. They are excited to continue expanding the family fun zone as well as including more youth interests into the area. Contessa looks forward to being a part of VIEx for her term and for many years to come. You can contact Contessa at firstname.lastname@example.org