New ED hired for Chilliwack arts council

After 18 years at the helm of the arts council, Rod Hudson is retiring at the end of the year.

  • Dec. 12, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Chilliwack Community Arts Council is pleased to announce the recent hiring of its new executive director, Patti Lawn.

After 18 years at the helm of the arts council, Rod Hudson is retiring at the end of the year.

An exhaustive executive search was conducted and now the arts council is pleased to announce that long time school teacher/principal Patti Lawn will be taking over the reins in the new year.

Lawn has a long association with the arts council as both an employee as well as a board member in the late 80s. She is known in recent years for being an enthusiastic and active member of the Chilliwack Players Guild.

Lawn will be retiring from her role as principal of F.G. Leary Elementary School where she was responsible for creating the only Fine Arts elementary school in the Chilliwack School District.

“We are pleased with the board’s decision and look forward to developing new programs and activities for the community to enjoy,” said Arts Council president Maureen Covey.

Arts council moved its base of operations last year to a new location at #20-5725 Vedder Road where it provides arts programming, events and activities for all ages.

Hudson says he is pleased with the board’s decision to hire Lawn stating that “she will bring a different skill set to the position,” which he believes is needed.

Retirement plans for Hudson include spending more time with family and enjoying the community and retirement to the fullest.