The board of directors of The Community Arts Council of Prince George & District has appointed Linda Rempel as the new president of the society, effective June 12.
Rempel assumes the role of president from Zelda Craig, who served in this capacity for the past four years. Craig was recently recognized for her outstanding contribution to the arts xouncil, receiving a Recreation and Culture Award of Merit from the City of Prince George in May. Craig will continue serving on the board in the role of past-president.
Rempel brings a wide range of skills and community experiences to her new role. As a nationally-recognized business person and entrepreneur, she has joined the arts council’s governance team at a very exciting time, notably with the organization’s new downtown facility project in its early stages of development, and during the organization’s 50th anniversary year.
Rempel is a Sun Life financial advisor and is the exclusive representative for the Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan. With deep ties to the community, Rempel is very keen to be part of the arts council’s important role in maintaining a healthy social fabric in Prince George.
“I am excited to join the vibrant and hard-working team at the arts council at such a pivotal time in its history,” said Rempel. “Building on 50 years of supporting amazing local art and artists, I believe the next 50 years will be equally impressive, and it will start with our move into our new facility. The new downtown location for Studio 2880 will serve Prince George citizens with rich artistic experiences that foster all levels of talent – and will contribute to community building for years to come.”
“Linda is exactly the kind of person we would wish to have at the helm of our organization at this time, because she combines her business experience and entrepreneurial spirit with a profound love of creativity and community,” said Sean Farrell, Arts Council executive director. “In my two years in the role of executive director, I feel honoured to have first worked with Zelda Craig, who is held in such high esteem for her professionalism and multiple skill sets, and now with Linda Rempel, who will certainly be a very strong leader throughout our upcoming, multi-year, capital project.”
The arts council is currently undergoing a capital investment analysis review of the potential new arts-based community centre located at Third and Quebec. It aims to be fully relocated downtown from its currently location on 15th Avenue by 2021. The members of the arts council board of directors currently include:
- Linda Rempel, President
- Philomena Hughes, Vice-President
- Penny Fahlman, Treasurer
- Heather Gloster, Secretary
- Zelda Craig, Past-President
- Ivan Paquette, Reconciliation Officer
- Christina Doll, Director
- Karen Heathman, Director
- Louise Kerr, Director