Pat Henman is a veteran of the Canadian theatre and music industry. Originally from Nova Scotia, Pat is the second youngest of ten siblings. As a professional actor and singer, Pat toured the country for most of the 1980s, before settling down in Dawson City, Yukon in 1990. Pat and her family, husband Larry and three children, Zoe, Maia and Liam, have made Nelson, BC their home since 2000. She has a degree in Theatre from Dalhousie University, vocal studies at the Halifax Music Conservatory, and Creative Writing at Selkirk College through UBC. She attended Shakespeare and Company at Wesley College, Boston studying classical text and voice. She has performed, directed and produced concerts and theatre across Canada. She is the recipient of awards in music and television, and was the 2018 recipient of a Special Citation in recognition for her “considerable Contribution to Arts, Culture and Heritage in the City of Nelson, BC.”
She was named in the top three finalists for the Courage to Come Back Award in 2022. She is an appointed director of the BC Arts Council and the Pacific Regional Victims Advisory Committee. She is also an active volunteer for MADD Canada. In 2013 Pat and her middle daughter were hit by a drunk driver, suffering catastrophic injuries leading to challenges for the entire family. Pat’s memoir, Beyond the Legal Limit, is her first non-fiction book and is published by Caitlin Press, Vancouver. She received a Canada Council Research and Creation Grant to adapt her book into a dramatic piece with music which will be touring the Columbia Basin thanks to a grant through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. Pat has been invited to participate in the 2022 Directors Lab North in Toronto, June 2022. As a member of CSARN, Pat was asked to mentor the 2022 BC Culture Days Ambassador for the Kootenay region and looks forward to opportunities such as this in the future.