The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has gone in-house for its next film commissioner, opting for a change in a recent hiring to replace longtime commissioner Vicci Weller, who retired in May after 22 years at the helm.
The regional district has appointed Terri Hadwin, who was previously the grant and research assistant for the TNRD, to the role.
Prior to that position, Hadwin held leadership roles for local and regional non-profits, and has been an advocate for destination development and community growth within the TNRD, a release from the regional district stated. While working in the non-profit sector, Hadwin has also been a past board member for the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission (TNFC).
“Having now been awarded the Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner position satisfies my devotion to the arts and economic development in tandem,” Hadwin stated in the release. “I could not be more thrilled to be working in fund development within the creative industry for the entire region.”
Hadwin’s arrival follows the hiring — and sudden departure — of Gareth Smart. Smart, a graduate of Vancouver Film School, was hired as film commissioner in April, In June, he and the regional district parted ways.
AccordingAccording to the TNRD, feature film productions remain active in the region in 2022 and discussions continue on a proposed film studio.
Film activity in 2022 follows a record year of filming in 2021, when more than $8.5 million was spent in TNRD communities by film production companies, which resulted in about $25 million in spending.
“While dollars and jobs are important, so is protecting our neighbourhoods and natural resources,” Hadwin said. “It is important to maintain our film friendliness and try to be as eco-conscious as possible, always seeking out ways to offer sustainable film production. These will be some of my aspirations as film commissioner.”