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, Artistic Creative Director
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Linda Poole represented Canada on the international scene as Canada’s Cultural Attaché in Chicago and the Mid-West for six years creating and producing a wide range of large-scale arts and cultural initiatives with some of Canada’s top artists and arts organizations. Sixteen years ago she brought a new cultural idea from Japan to British Columbia and founded the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival – the only festival of its kind in Canada. As Artistic Creative Director she has brought this intra- community arts and culture festival to international recognition with BBC World Travel quoting VCBF as “one of the best cherry blossom festivals in the world” and locally winning the Canadian Garden Council award for “Best Garden Festival ”. 

Now as Artistic Creative Director she continues to enjoy the creative process developing new engaging community programming for the Festival. For centuries the transcendent  fragile beauty of the cherry blossom has inspired poets, artists and designers around the world. It is Linda’s mission to make BC artists aware of this wonder of nature to create exciting new works.  

Her passion for the beauty and joy cherry blossom programming brings to everyone is as strong as ever as she continues to constantly be on the search for innovative new artists to present.   

Her career has largely been in Vancouver’s arts community working with the Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Carousel Theatre, and founder of DramaWorks West Vancouver. She studied Theater at UBC and Arts Management at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Jennifer Pritchard

Having spent two years of living and working in Japan as a young cultural ambassador, Jennifer imbues an aesthetic philosophy rooted in nature. This experience, now infused with a Westcoast state of mind, has sharpened her passion for raising the quality of life through cultural celebrations. At the civic level, she believes the work is born to create a sense of well-being in the community and participate in cultural customs and celebrations rooted in the aesthetics of nature.

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
Chuck Brickley, Terri L. French, Claudia Coutu Radmore

Volunteer Coordinator
Carol Lai

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