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Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Drake

Post Series: Volunteer Spotlight

jimdrake-spotlightThe Civic Theatre is lucky to have such a fantastic group of dedicated volunteers. Going forward, we will be interviewing an outstanding volunteer to highlight the great work they do here.

I would like to introduce our first volunteer spotlight, Jim Drake. Jim was one of the very first people who got involved with the Theatre reopening and has been a core volunteer ever since. He is always eager to help with anything from office work, construction, special events, ushering and selling memberships. Jim is one of the most enthusiastic and friendly people you can come across and it is always a pleasure to have him around.

Here is a bit about Jim and his role at The Civic Theatre:

Q: When did you start volunteering for the Civic Theatre and what made you want to volunteer here?

From the very start, when we met at the Vienna Cafe and found that there were too many believers to seat. I wanted to revive the movie theatre myself, and Cindy Sherry  was the one who put the ad in the newspaper creating the groundswell.

I had tried to find financing to approach the city with a proposal, and when I did meet with John from the  building inspection dept. He was very pessimistic and told me it was impossible; and that was before the deadline of two months.

Q: What do you do at The Civic?

I started the first day working with Marylin Mint cleaning the floors. After that, I painted the floors and helped with the seat installation. Then I helped with the sound panels, while doing other repairs. Restoring the theatre doors was a big job.

Q: What do you love the most about volunteering here?

Doing maintenance when called, and filing new memberships into the system after Andromeda, the accountant, records them

Q: If you had one wish to improve the Theatre, what would it be?

Without doubt, it would be to install a second screen!

Q: Are you involved in any other organizations in our community?

Yes, I drive the streetcar

Q: How long have you lived in Nelson/the Kootenays and what do you love the most about it?

I have lived here since 2006, and love the community

Q: What do you/did you do for a living? 

I was a building contractor and a sawmill operator

Q: What are some of your hobbies and passions?

Movies, sailing, renovating old houses

Q: What is your favourite movie of all time?

The first Daniel Craig movie as James Bond

Q: What is the best movie you have seen at The Civic lately?

Blazing Saddles

Q: What is/are your favourite film genre(s)? 

Action movies and foreign flicks

Thanks Jim for being such an Amazing Volunteer!