Sinclair stepping down as head of Kamloops Arts Council

Leaving the executive director position will give Kathy Sinclair time to focus on city council, TNRD duties

Kathy Sinclair has made what she called a “tough decision” to leave the Kamloops Arts Council after seven years at the helm as executive director.

The decision to resign follows her successful council re-election bid last month.

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“I’ve spent the past year doing double duty on city council and Kamloops Arts Council, working pretty much seven days a week,” Sinclair told KTW.

Sinclair and the decision was arrived at mutually with the non-profit’s board of directors. She was first elected to council in the September 2017 byelection.

Re-election in the Oct. 20 general civic election played into the timing of her departure, she said, noting she also had to come to terms with the fact she can’t do everything. An online post stated she had been fitting a full-time job into part-time hours.

“I love it,” she said of the KAC. “It’s been a real formative part of my life in Kamloops, but it just isn’t possible to give 150 per cent anymore.”

Sinclair said she will stay on with the organization in the coming months to help the new executive director transition into the role. That position has been posted online and the deadline for applicants closes in mid-December. Sinclair also wants to stay involved with KAC in some capacity.

The move will effectively leave full-time work for municipal politics, including Sinclair’s position as TNRD director. Asked if that is a financially viable option, she said she will intends to work part-time in a consulting capacity, helping non-profits with media relations, marketing and fund development.

City councillors will make close to $40,000 this year. TNRD directors from city council earn $12,000, with an additional $140 per day for attending various meetings.

“Long term, I’m not a full-time politician by any means,” she said.

Sinclair called the KAC executive director position an “amazing opportunity for the right person.”

She credited community relations, networking and partnership skills she gained at the KAC for helping her to realize her move into politics.

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