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A Warm Welcome to Our New Executive Director, Patti Broughton!

The Guelph Arts Council's Board of Directors is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Executive Director search, and welcomes Patti Broughton to the role.

"We're thrilled to have someone with Patti's skills join our organization. She brings experience as a cultural manager and communications professional to the role, as well as a passion for the arts," says Board Chair Cynthia Kinnunen. "As we begin to celebrate the 40th anniversary of GAC, we look forward to promoting the achievements of GAC and the arts community with Patti, and focusing on our bright future."

Patti is a cultural manager and public relations specialist born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario. She holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, with a specialization in Arts Administration, and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Niagara College. She began her Masters of Business Administration at Memorial University in St. John's and will continue this fall at Laurier University.

In her 20-year career, Patti has held positions with Centre for the Arts - Brock University, Shaw Festival and St. Catharines & Area Arts Council. Most recently, she managed the Colony of Avalon Foundation, a cultural tourism site in Ferryland, Newfoundland. Her professional interests include not-for-profit governance, finance, programming, public relations and fund development.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with the Guelph Arts Council's Board of Directors, staff and membership to lead one of Canada's most established community arts councils into the future" explains Patti. "I look forward to working with Guelph's artists and arts supporters to ensure a culturally vibrant city, and to getting to know and working with new colleagues in the community, business and government sectors."

Welcome, Patti!

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