Dean lives in a West End apartment with a serious fiction writer, and must get out and about regularly to preserve domestic bliss. The PAL Chorus is the perfect outing: close by, lots of friends, lots of pop music, excellent meeting space and best of all is Diane Lines, our great director.
Dean’s first musical experience was middle-of-the-road songs on radio station CKRM 980 in Regina. Then there were 10 years of playing the trumpet with the Regina Separate School Band, including 5 as the lead. The highlight of the year was a road trip to Williston, North Dakota, for the annual May band festival and parade.
Dean and Cynthia have 2 daughters, one in Hamilton, one in Nanaimo. Both work with the disadvantaged. There are 5 grandchildren. None of them sing - yet.
Dean is the Treasurer and Membership Chairman for PALS Chorus.
Eve has written for virtually every national magazine in Canada, including Maclean’s, Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine, Homemaker’s, Canadian Living. Subjects covered the waterfront, from personal adventures (including a 28-day Outward Bound course) to profiles (including Paul Newman on the set of Buffalo Bill and the Indians) to interior adventures such as Love, Friendship, Humour, Music.
In 1998 Doubleday published her book, “Life in the Runaway Lane: Recapturing the Spirit of Childhood Through Adventure.” In a review, Chatelaine wrote that it was such a feel-good book “it’s a wonder you don’t need a prescription to buy it.”
She switched from magazines to writing books, which have included the history of Boston Pizza, Grey Beverage (Pepsi), a book celebrating the 100th anniversary of The YH Louie Company (IGA, London Drugs), Anne Ironside (who was invited by Pierre Trudeau to sit beside him on retreats when he was in power) and the history of Kal Tire, a multi-million conglomerate whose empire began with a tiny store in Vernon B.C. in the early 50’s.
In the early 70s, her husband photographer Paul Rockett received a Canada Council Grant, and together they left Toronto and explored Canada coast-to-coast in a huge motor home with Paul filming and photographing and Eve writing for magazines. When they reached Vancouver they decided to make their home here.
Eve is the publicity director for PALS Chorus.
Ann is a newly-elected member of the Management Team.
Muriel Honey-Richards is typical of many of our PAL Chorus members. Although she’s always been one to sing in the car on road trips (and occasionally in the shower), she doesn’t read music and did her last organized singing in a choir back in high school in her home town of New Westminster (many decades ago!). Encouraged by her friend and PAL Chorus Director Diane Lines to give the chorus a try, Muriel is now a proud second-year member of the Tenor section - one of what we fondly call ‘the Girly Boys’…a far cry from her early years as a soprano!
Muriel and her late husband Dal Richards have been supporters of the Vancouver Performers Arts Lodge since it was just a gleam in the eyes of Joy Coghill and Jane Heyman. As a 20-year veteran of Vancouver City Hall, first in the Mayor’s Office and later as the manager of the City’s Film and Special Events Office, Muriel’s knowledge of the workings of the City and her vast network of contacts made her a good addition to the early PAL board meetings; and she and Dal purchased one of the PAL Life Suites to help fund the building of PAL.
Now that she’s on the PAL Chorus management team Muriel hopes to expand the profile of the PALS Chorus by finding new opportunities for us to share our joy of music with new audiences…and also help establish the PALS Chorus as a registered charity to help fund both choir costs and the Performers Arts Lodge.