The Cornwall & The Counties Arts and Culture Council held its first official board meeting and elected its executive, including chair Stephen Davies, vice-chair Sandra Vander Veer, secretary Betty Healy and treasurer Chuck Leclair.
“This initial step signals an important move forward for the Arts and Culture Council and its ability to serve the arts and culture sector,” said Bruce Davis, culture development co-ordinator. “Electing an executive has given them structure and methodology and that’s important for any organization that hopes to advance in a positive and productive way.”
The council can now begin to examine governance and bylaws.
The council has asked SD&G Community Futures Development Corporation (FCDC) to provide some basic templates as well as have the council itself provide some of their own suggestions and ideas of how best to enact such bylaws.
“They have given us our first tasks as staff and that’s what this exercise is all about,” said François Désormeaux, executive director of the SD&G CFDC. “Mr. Davis and myself now have to deliver several examples and models that may fit the direction this arts and culture council may want to move in and they have to decide what is best for them.”
The next task for the Arts & Culture Council is to begin the primary stages of putting strategic direction on paper. The council knows this is a big task that will take much deliberation and conversation but they want to start this process now to ensure they remain as productive and positive as possible.