Carina Thanabadeepathara
General Manager 

Carina is responsible for fostering the day-to-day operations of the Festival and focuses on strategic project managing and planning. Her strong communication skills, leadership, and relationship building enhances the Festival’s growth and makes things run smoothly. A nice latte always makes her day!

Linda Poole
Founder, Creative Director
[email protected]

Linda is a cherry blossom fanatic! She has been growing the Festival for more than 10 years and continues to share her creative and artistic visions through innovative arts and cultural expressions and collaborations. She believes in the power of the blossoms which helps to bring our diverse communities together in celebration. The World according to Linda “needs more cherry blossoms!”

Tracy Penner
Director of Development
For sponsorship enquiries:
[email protected] | 604-773-1650

Tracy oversees the Festival’s revenue generation and sponsorship program.  Through the development of partnerships with the Vancouver community, she works to find innovative ways to enhance and grow the Festival. Tracy is also a huge dog lover, she’s got two herself!

Frank Chen
Project Manager

Frank is responsible for the Festival’s project management and execution. Prior to joining the Festival, he was a co-producer of various culture-exchange events and theatric performances around the world. He hopes to share his enthusiasm for arts and culture to the community. Frank loves food so, don’t forget to bring him something tasty. He will surely love it!

Carol Lai
Project Coordinator


Carol provides executive, project, and development support to the wider team, is responsible for social media communication, and assists in project and event coordination and execution. Her favourite blossom viewing area is Langara/Cambie.

Cherry Intern
Jessica Nguyen

Blossom Blog
Jessica Tremblay

Team Sakura
Douglas Justice
Wendy Cutler
David Tracey
Alex Downie
Lisa Lennie
Anne Eng
Egan Davis

Blossom Reporting
Wendy Cutler, Cherry Scout Co-ordinator
VCBF Cherry Scouts

Haiku Invitational Judges
Alan S. Bridges, Susan Constable, Julie Warther

Volunteer Coordinator
Carol Lai

Want to join our cherry team? Click for open positions here: Careers

Want to volunteer? Click for open positions here: Volunteer