“...which gave me the opportunity to be where I am today.” - Rob Pape.
Rob Pape moved to Medicine Hat 15 years ago with no expectation of being happily married and the executive director of the Folk Music Club.
Originally from Belleville, Ont., Pape moved to Medicine Hat to work a full-time job in the oil field and travel the roads on his motorcycle. When he flew back home to visit a dear friend, he met her sister. After he and the sister talked daily for months and both felt ready, Pape's now wife, Shannon, moved to Medicine Hat for them to continue their life together.
Shannon was originally the bookkeeper for the Folk Music Club. She knew Rob had a passionate background for folk music since his mother-in-law was a folk musician for her, and his, entire life. Shannon eagerly invited her husband to join the club and enjoy the genuine music scene in Medicine Hat.
Once he accepted the invite, he started to visit and then volunteered. He soon became the artistic director and has now been the executive director for six years and counting.
A specific opportunity stays near to his heart that wouldn’t have been possible without his time with the folk club.
While Rob continues with the Folk Festival, his wife transferred to the Esplanade, making them both still very plugged into the arts community in Medicine Hat.
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