About us

Luba Kasum                      

Born in Russia and raised in Ukraine she eventually made her way to Smithers, BC in 2016.  She is a passionate community volunteer who has been involved with the National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in Smithers from 2017 to 2019, a coach with BV Cross Country Skiing Club and BV Soccer Association and worked also as an ESL teacher with the Smithers Community Services Association.  Luba loves the multicultural mosaic of Smithers and the wealth of cultures that are within our community.  Luba’s goals are to bring cultural awareness to the families and children in the Bulkley Valley and surrounding areas through a variety of multicultural dance, art and sports activities.

Patricia Kolida

is a passionate advocate for multiculturalism.   She organized the first Multi-cultural Festival and Art Gala in 2016 held at the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre , Smithers, BC.  Performers included Ewk’ Hiyah Hozdl, Philippine Dance Group, Mexican Dance Ensemble, Bollywood Troupe, Folk Singer,  Mark Perry and  many others. Patricia was a team lead for the National Indigenous Peoples Day event from 2017 to 2019.Her goal is to build connections and understanding across cultures through Arts, Sports, and Cultural events. 

Grant Harris

Born and raised in Terrace Grant Harris has been a lifetime resident of the northwest. Having moved to the Bulkley Valley in 1981 with his wife they have made it their family’s home. The years since have been ones of growth and continued learning. Grant’s work in our mountain town has shown him much of the myriad aspects of its society both the positives and negatives. Grant hopes that his participation with the Smithers Multicultural Society adds positively to those who work to make the heart of our community blind to our fear of differences and open-eyed to the celebration of them.

Kelly Spurway

Community family services coordinator for the Bulkley Valley and tireless volunteer, Kelly Spurway brings many strengths to our Smithers Multicultural Board. She loves the community we live in and contributes to its development every day in her work with the Salvation Army.

Tanya Stroga

Originally from Ukraine, Tanya and her family have lived in Canada for more than 10 year now. Her husband and her are local small business owners (UFO Cafe on Main). She feels it is always important to remember who you are and what roots you have. She would like to contribute to the community and support people from different countries with different languages, history , religion, vision so that they can gather together and share their experiences, culture, traditions.