Gabriola Arts Council executive director Michelle Benjamin is joining the B.C. Arts Council in February. (Photo supplied)

Gabriola Arts Council executive director stepping down after eight years

Michelle Benjamin will join the B.C. Arts Council in February

The Gabriola Arts Council will soon have a new executive director.

This week Michelle Benjamin announced in an e-mail that she will be leaving the GAC in February to take up a position with the B.C. Arts Council in Victoria.

In her e-mail, Benjamin said it’s been an honour and a privilege to serve Gabriola for the past eight years.

“I’ve learned so much, been enriched by all that we have created together, had the pleasure of working with so many talented and dedicated team members and board directors, and risen with enthusiasm to numerous challenges,” she said. “I’ve learned what community means, and truly understood and seen first-hand how arts and culture supports health and well-being. I hope to be able to continue to support this work in my new role in Victoria.”

She added that she “couldn’t be more proud” of what the GAC has accomplished during her time with the organization and she’s grateful for the support she’s had over the years.

“I’m always moved by how Gabriolans show up — whether it’s for an arts or cultural event, when we need volunteers or financial support, and when we make a call for membership renewal or ask for feedback and advice,” she said. “You’re always there, and I appreciate it.”

Benjamin said the GAC board is at work on a transition plan.

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