Behind the Scenes: Q&A WITH MARGARET PACAUD, BOARD TREASURER
The West Kootenay Regional Arts Council (WKRAC) exists to help arts, culture and heritage in the Kootenays thrive. To do so, we rely on a dedicated team of board members, plus steering committee members who oversee the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) arts and culture grants.
Who are these people? In this series, we’re introducing you to the folks behind the scenes.
Margaret Pacaud, Board Treasurer
Retired and living in Revelstoke, Margaret Pacaud is the treasurer of the WKRAC board.
WKRAC: How did you come to call the Kootenays home?
MP: I moved to Revelstoke in 1993 from Peachland in the Okanagan Valley for employment.
Are you involved in arts, culture and heritage outside of your work with WKRAC/CKCA? If so, what is your discipline or practice?
I am not involved in local arts and culture organizations at this time, except as an admirer and through attendance at gallery openings and events. In the past, I held positions as Chair of the Revelstoke Arts Council and of Revelstoke Visual Arts for many years, and also served on the CKCA Steering Committee for many years.
Why did you wish to join this board/committee?
I joined WKRAC as a board member in order to broaden my knowledge of arts and culture activities in the Kootenays.
What do you think people in the region should be proud of in terms of arts, culture and heritage?
People should be proud of the fact that Kootenay arts and culture have brought provincial, national and sometimes international recognition of the work done by artists, writers and musicians, et al., to the region.
What advice do you have for people in the region pursuing a career in arts, culture and heritage?
To use the resources of the local arts councils and the regional arts council to ensure that they know what is available to them in the way of grants, education and mentorship that would assist them in pursuing their careers.
What vision do you see for the future of arts, culture and heritage in the Kootenays?
I would like to see an increase in the partnerships of arts, culture and heritage organizations in the Kootenays.