Last week, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture announced several staff changes at the BC Arts Council, as reported by the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture. After working as the executive director of the BC Arts Council since 2009, Gillian Wood is stepping out of her role in the public service. Kim Reid will step in as interim executive director.

The BCMA would like to thank Gillian for her years of service and the exceptional work she has provided for this community. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. We also welcome Kim to her interim role and look forward to working with her.

Gillian left a heartfelt message to the BC arts community saying:

“As many of you have heard, after 28 years, I left the BC public service this week. I must take this opportunity to express my profound thanks to colleagues in the BC Arts Council offices, who work tirelessly to find new ways to develop our artists and cultural organizations, guided by principles of truth-telling, equity, access and sustainability. I’d also like to thank the many colleagues and friends from across Canada and beyond who have sent fond memories and kind wishes.

After a period of reflection and time with family and friends, I plan to discover new ways to give back to our artists and practitioners, especially after the years of inspiration and passion you have given to me. Once again, thank you for all that you do to provoke and amaze our world through drive, creativity and hard work.”