FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 11, 2016

WHISTLER, BC – Arts Whistler has appointed long-time Sea to Sky events, culture, and communications professional, Maureen Douglas as its executive director.

“Maureen brings a rich skillset of leadership, facilitation, event management, and community engagement combined with decades of local knowledge living and working in the Sea to Sky corridor,” said Heather Paul, chair of Arts Whistler’s board of directors. “I am extremely pleased to have such a strong leader join the organization to build on the strong foundation we have established over the years and take us to the next stage.”

Douglas is most well known as the VANOC (Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games) leader who helped to prepare and transition the Sea to Sky region for this immense opportunity. Since the Games, Douglas has been collaborating with a long list of municipalities and not for profit organizations as a strategist and facilitator.

Douglas also brings a decade of experience as the director of festivals and events at Tourism Whistler and more recently four years with the Arts Whistler board of directors.

“With the resort community’s increasing focus and investment into advancing cultural tourism and building capacity in our cultural community, Arts Whistler will continue to be instrumental in Whistler’s cultural and economic development,” said Maureen Douglas. “I am thrilled and honoured to take on this role and look forward to leading the great team at Arts Whistler in this exciting time for arts, culture, and heritage.”

Douglas was originally contracted as a managing consultant after stepping down from the board of directors to bridge a gap in leadership when Doti Niedermayer left the position earlier this year. Douglas has been working with the organization since February 2016. Niedermayer was the organization’s first executive director, who left after 13 years to take on a role at the City of West Vancouver. Both Douglas and Niedermayer have long been involved in the development of a thriving Whistler arts community.
“The board has been very pleased with the direction Maureen has steered Arts Whistler over the last six months, including the rebranding and positioning of the organization and the building we operate in,” said Arts Whistler Chair Heather Paul. “Arts Whistler is looking forward to Maureen’s impactful leadership style as we strive to contribute to a creative, inspiring, and successful future for our members, artists, peers, patrons, and resort community.”

The extensive recruitment process was overseen by a selection committee of the Arts Whistler board of directors. Venture HR was engaged to manage the process.

The executive director leads the team of staff and operations of Arts Whistler including strategic planning, partnerships and revenue, annual arts and entertainment programming, and Maury Young Arts Centre. The position reports to the board of directors.


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Arts Whistler is passionate about Whistler, about arts, and about making arts and culture an integral part of day-to-day life. Operating out of the Maury Young Arts Centre in the heart of Whistler Village, Arts Whistler runs a variety of creative classes, showcases an exciting lineup of live shows for the Performance Series, and hosts year-round free-admission exhibits in The Gallery supporting local artists and their craft. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Bizarre Bazaar, ArtWalk, and Art on the Lake. Working with community partners, Arts Whistler creates bold, inspiring, and engaging experiences and supports an arts and culture sector in Whistler that’s welcoming, accessible, and collaborative.


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Jillian van der Geest
Communications Specialist
Arts Whistler

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