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LaSalle Welcomes New Director Of Culture And Recreation

Wednesday July 13th, 2016, 3:30pm


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The Town of LaSalle announced that Beth Gignac will take over aas the Director of Culture and Recreation, replacing Terry Fink. who has retired.

“There were some very strong candidates interested in the position of Director of Culture and Recreation. I would like to thank Councillor Terry Burns and Councillor Sue Desjarlais who took part in the interview process,” Mayor Ken Antaya said. “Ms. Gignac will be a great fit in our organization.”

Gignac has 23 years of municipal recreation sector experience, and has spent the last two years as the Director, Parks and Recreation, in the City of Sarnia.

Prior to working in Sarnia, Gignac worked with the City of Calgary from 2006 to 2014, where she held the roles of Corporate Lead, Organizational Culture; Project Lead, Cultural Transformation Project; and Manager, Arts and Culture. While in Calgary, Gignac ran the largest public art program in Canada. Prior to Calgary, Gignac worked for the City of Mississauga.

Gignac has a number of awards and holds a number of professional memberships. Gignac’s consultation and engagement skills are evident. In 2006-2007, Gignac was the President of Creative City Network of Canada. In this capacity, Gignac was responsible for developing a sustainability model to expand membership and diversify funding sources.

“We are very pleased to have Ms. Gignac join our team in LaSalle,” said Mayor Ken Antaya. “Ms. Gignac brings a great amount of experience and leadership qualities with her from the City of Sarnia, City of Calgary and City of Mississauga. Council and Administration are looking forward to working with Ms. Gignac.”

Gignac is from Windsor and is excited to return home. “I am looking forward to working on arts, culture and heritage programs that reflect my personal heritage,” Gignac said.

She is planning to host a “meet and greet” event in the fall to get to know the community.

“I am excited to work with a great team in LaSalle, and look forward to meeting all of the community partners. I am very aware of the legacy that Mr. Fink has left in LaSalle,” Gignac said. “I plan to contribute to that legacy, and I am honoured to take on this role.”

Gignac will step into the new role on Tuesday, September 6th.

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