At the AGM June 8, the Cowichan Valley Arts Council (50 years old this year) handed out the Jeff Hunter Outstanding Contribution Award to two people this year: Cam Russell and Rory MacDonald.
The two men coordinated the renovation plans that included a new storage room in the Studio (former Mesachie Room) and the upcoming installation of new flooring in the galleries. The award was established in 2015 to honour Hunter, a former CVAC board member who negotiated a stable home for CVAC in the Cowichan Community Centre in 2010. A small-world tidbit: the award is a wooden plaque originally built by Karen Trickett, life and business partner of Russell, one of this year’s recipients.After a brief presentation by Christiane Smyth, owner of Salish Weave, a private collection of Coast Salish art, CVAC elected two new members to the board of directors: Darin Corbiere and Sheila Karrow. They also thanked two departing directors for their service: Angela Andersen and Fran Benton.
The board for 2021-22
President: Janet Magdanz
Vice-president: James Darin Corbiere
Treasurer: Maggie Macdonald
Secretary: Diana Batcheler
Directors: Victoria Blouin, Sheila Karrow, Rory MacDonald, Cam Russell, Travis Rankin, Lon Wood.