Another Kamloops arts community pillar passes away

By Doug Collins
February 2, 2016 - 12:03pm

KAMLOOPS — We have lost another pillar in its arts community.

Long-time music teacher, and past-President of the Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts, Marilyn Wiwcharuk, passed away yesterday after a fight with cancer.

Wiwcharuk was a tireless fighter on behalf of the Arts Community and was one of those instrumental in keeping the Festival of the Arts going during struggling financial times.

This year's Festival takes place starting February 28th. Wiwcharuk was 70 at the time of her passing.

She is the third major player in Kamloops Arts Community to pass away in the last 12 months.

Former voice teacher and member of the Canadian Opera Company, tenor Peter Collins, passed away last May, and long time Curator of the Kamloops Art Gallery, Jann Bailey, passed away in October.

Services for Marilyn Wiwcharuk are tentatively scheduled for 1:00 PM this Saturday at St. Paul's Cathedral in Kamloops. 

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