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Thank You Marnie!

Friday, October 06, 2017 9:17 PM | Anonymous

The Pemberton Art's Council, over the past almost four years has been fortunate to have been directed by Marnie Simon as our president.  With Marnie at the helm, working with dedicated volunteers, the organization has grown and strengthened.  Marnie, has decided to pursue other opportunities and has stepped down as PAC president.  

Thank you, Marnie for your time and dedication to seeing arts in Pemberton thrive. 


Anne Crowley is now serving as the Board President until our February, 2018 AGM. Karen Love has returned to the board filling the empty seat.  The PAC Board will continue to lead the way in supporting our local artists and bringing quality art and culture experiences to the community.

Please see Marnie's final President's Report below.


PAC President’s Report October 2nd 2017

This will be my last report as president of the Pemberton Arts Council. I have handed over the office to Anne Crowley as of this meeting.

I have enjoyed my almost four years leading the PAC team plus the two years on the Cultural planning committee prior to taking on this role. However, due to other commitments and some health issues I feel it is time to withdraw. I will always remain a loyal PAC member and be available to support art and culture in our community in any way I can.

Thanks to Karen Love for rejoining the board to assist with this gala.

On joining the Board in 2014 my major goal was to develop the board’s governance structure and strengthen the team. To achieve that we enlisted the help of Joan Richoz and Sue Adams, former members of the Whistler Arts Council provide the board with a session on governance. In addition Joan shared advised me in the development of PAC’s governance materials

Maureen Douglas was also most supportive and facilitated a community forum for us to seek input into future PAC programming. She also provided the board with a workshop on team building and facilitated our 2014 AGM.

Anne Popma was our facilitator for our strategic planning workshops and we benefited from her years of involvement with art and culture in the corridor. Since 2014 we have followed this five year strategic plan – this plan was updated in 2016 to guide the direction for 2017.

We also obtained a number of grants over the four years; the most important being the Community Initiatives & Opportunities grant for three years of funding for an administrative assistant. The SLRD matched these funds. This grant is in it’s second year with money remaining to fund the position for 2018. PAC has the option to apply for another year within the criteria of the VOP grant ($4,000 for the year). Other grants have supported programs and events over the four years:  MADE, Children’s Art program, marketing/membership drive and the recent $2,000 to support the fundraising gala Mountains of Art.

PAC has formed some valuable partnerships during this time: membership in the Sea to Sky Arts Council Alliance, partnered programming with the Museum, Library & the Gingerbread House fundraiser. For the past two years I have been a Board member of Tourism Pemberton - to represent Art in our area.

It has been rewarding personally to see the growth of PAC and I have confidence that the organization will continue to flourish and take the lead in raising awareness of local artists and providing art programming and events that will be enjoyed by all.

Respectfully prepared by,

Marnie Simon

President Pemberton Arts Council



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