Executive Director: Jody Phillips

Program Manager: Nicole Young

Special Projects Coordinator: Zoƫ Meighan

Board of Directors

Co-Chairs: Wendy Cormack and Maria Anna Parolin

Treasurer: Dustin Zhang

Board Members: June Hewko, Kirstin Richter, Ron Simmer, Duong Vu, Sonya Lalli

Become a Board Director

Are you passionate about the arts? Do you have experience leading organizations or projects? Are you motivated to support & expand the arts in Burnaby? Considering applying to become a board member!

The board of directors of Burnaby Arts Council elects individuals to become board members. Those members elected to the board will have opportunities to become intimately involved shaping the direction of the Arts in Burnaby.

We are seeking dynamic professionals with a passion for the arts to join our board of directors.

As a member of the board, you are the core leadership of the organization. Working alongside paid staff, you will be responsible for fostering a passion and lifelong curiosity for the arts within our community. Members provide:

  1. Direction. Determining how the organization will achieve its mission
  2. Oversight. Monitoring the overall health and ethical behavior of the organization
  3. Resources. Ensuring that the organization has the human, financial, and material capital to fulfill its mission

As a board member you will be expected to attend monthly board meetings, join one BAC committee and be an active member in the Council’s activities and events. Board members are elected for a term of two years.

The Ideal Candidate will:

  • Be a community advocate for the organization at events and activities
  • Spread awareness of the organization and inspire people to engage in the arts
  • Be familiar with the Burnaby community
  • Demonstrate strong communication and collaboration abilities
  • Have proven experience within the arts & culture sector of BC

We’re looking for individuals with experience in:

  • Working with non-profit organizations, charities or government
  • Community engagement;
  • Corporate sponsorship and fundraising;
  • Grant writing;
  • Business Development
  • Building relationships with the business community and local municipal representatives

The following are assets, but not required:

  • Networks within the local Burnaby business community
  • Have recognized standing in the arts community
  • Post-secondary or higher-level education in the fine arts
  • Fluency in discussions around anti-oppression, race, racism and addressing inequity
  • Professional specialty in: finance and accounting, human resources, governance, law

About our Board

Burnaby Arts Council (BAC) organization engages Burnaby’s dynamic arts community. As a not-for profit organization, celebrating 45 years of arts, events & services.  We develop, deliver and promote arts and cultural initiatives with partnership in the community.

Board Directors assume the role on a volunteer-basis, with an average time commitment of 6-8 hours per month, with fluctuation due to busier seasons (e.g. Deer Lake Craft Festival, fundraising events). Positions are unpaid as per the B.C. Societies Act. Board Directors are invited for an initial screening interview, followed by an official election to the Board at the Annual General Meeting.

As a director, you will be expected to:

  • Attend 1.5- to 2-hour evening board meetings on a monthly basis (every third Tuesday of the month), with a break over the summer.
  • Participate in one to two, full-day strategic planning sessions.
  • Participate in at least one standing committee outside of regular board meetings and provide expertise in key governance areas such as the Gallery Committee, Finance Committee, etc.
  • Support in organizational fundraising activities including: promoting BAC events, attending or volunteering for community events as a representative, outreach to donors or sponsors.

Active Committees

  1. Gallery Committee

We serve a colorful and diverse arts community here in Burnaby, and strive to reflect that in our board’s representation of cultures and lived experience. We highly encourage those identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQ2IA+, those living with a disabilities, new immigrants, and youth (18 – 24) to apply.

If you need accommodations or assistance with the application, or prefer applying with a different format, please contact us at: info@burnabyartscouncil.org.

How to apply

Please fill out the form below, with your cover letter and resume (file upload). We thank all applicants for their interest in the position however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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