Meet the 2021 Mayor's Awards for the Arts Nominees: Innovation in the Arts

Deb Fong


I grew up believing I would be an artist but life got in the way and I ended up successful in the business world. As my career wound down I turned back to my first love – art. I began taking courses through Kamloops Parks and Rec and ended up in the Visual Arts Program at TRU.


I am now working full-time at my art and I am also the gallerist at Gallery 635. Gallery 635 is a wonderful local partnership between Kamloops business owners and the art community.


I happily share my life with my wonderful husband, Ivon, our pug and a cat.


GK Sound


Greg Klohn has been the owner and operator of GK Sound for nine years and is proud to run a local business here in Kamloops. Greg’s expertise ranges from professional audio, lighting, staging, and production creation to his newfound work in live streaming and video editing. This year, Greg was named The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and continues to work hard to bring the best experiences to GK Sound’s clients. Greg wants to thank his team for their constant support and irreplaceable talent and is grateful to be nominated for the 2021 Mayor’s Awards for the Arts.


Tastefull Excersions


I have been involved with both the arts and the business community for all of my adult life in a variety of communities including most recently Kamloops where my husband and I own & operate TasteFull Excursions. If I see a need and can help make improvements and/or act in support of an organization or sector, I will work with like-minded people to support excellence and to provide services that fulfill a need. For me, it is as natural as breathing to recognize where incremental improvements can be made and look for the resources to address the need. This is exactly how TasteFull Excursions got its start – there was an opportunity with brand new wineries opening in 2013 that was not being filled and within two months of our move to Kamloops; the first tour company for Kamloops was born with a flurry of media coverage and excitement for the new service from the community.


Total Concept Developments


Total Concept Developments (TCD) is a Kamloops based family business, operated by Casey VanDongen and his daughter Sheila Minten. They have been actively involved with in building and development in Kamloops since 1981. TCD is a developer and believes in community and making the community better through development and giving back. TCD developed Library Square on the North Shore which was part of the major revitalization of the North Shore. Some more recent projects include The Lightwell which is currently being built at 444 St. Paul Street, Fairway 10 which is currently being built at The Dunes and Harrison View in Aberdeen which was complete in 2013.