The Board of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver is pleased to announce that we have contracted with Mary Bennett to work as our arts administrator on a part-time basis. Mary’s skills in communication, networking and volunteer support will be well used as CACV works with our members and project partners to continue to build community through the arts in Vancouver and especially the Downtown Eastside.
Mary recently completed eight years as Executive Director of the Canadian Unitarian Council. During her time, the Canadian organization took on all programming previously offered from the US-based association. The staff doubled, and the volunteer base grew exponentially. Mary’s enthusiasm and commitment was key in building capacity and extending the communications and visibility of the organization.
Prior to 2000, Mary worked as an organizational consultant, offering teambuilding and communications skills workshops to adults in the workplace. She has also taught through BCIT and Capilano College and worked as a program director at the Vancouver YWCA.
Mary’s educational degree from UBC was in Art Education and she says that, “During the past decade, my interest in the arts has grown and involvement within the arts community of Vancouver is a priority goal for me.”
Mary is a native Vancouverite and she is very happy to be based full time at home, after eight years of being based in Toronto half the time, and extensive travel across the country.