The Kamloops Arts Council has a new executive director.
Terri Hadwin has been chosen by the KAC board of directors as its new leader, pressed with fulfilling the organization’s mandate of developing and enhancing the arts in the Kamloops area.
Hadwin replaces Kathy Sinclair, who decided to step away from the organization after seven years at the helm.
The board chose Hadwin because of her experience with non-profit management and fundraising, and particularly, she thinks, because of her grant-writing capabilities.
“I know the board wants the organization to continue to grow,” she said.
“With Kathy Sinclair at the helm, it really jumped ahead leaps and bounds, so I think they want someone in this seat who can keep that momentum going,” she said. “And that means more money.”
Hadwin’s background in managing a non-profit includes her work with Gold Country Communities, an organization she described as one similar to Tourism Kamloops, but with a much larger area to promote with “maybe one-tenth of the budget.”
The area she focused on with Gold Country Communities includes the Bonaparte Plateau, Copper Desert Country, Lillooet, Blue Sky Country and the Nicola Valley. Hadwin was with the organization for six years, and said her time there served as a great opportunity to get to know rural British Columbia.
She was born in Kelowna, attended high school in Kamloops and worked for a time at a synagogue in Vancouver before moving to Ashcroft to work with Gold Country.
Her experience with the arts on a local level is limited, though she said she does have some connection to the local arts scene through her partner, Kamloops School of the Arts music director Steve Weisgerber.
She started at the KAC, unofficially, in early February and has been working with Kathy Sinclair during the transition period.
Her tenure as executive director begins officially on March 1, and she expects the work to provide “no rest for the wicked” as the organization conducts its strategic planning and prepares for annual regional art exhibition Art Exposed, which begins March 8 at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre.