After thirteen years with the Whistler Arts Council, Doti Niedermayer is moving on to West Vancouver.
Niedermayer joins the District of West Vancouver's Parks, Culture & Community Services Division next month as Senior Manager of Cultural Development.
In her new role, she will lead the development and implementation of the district's Arts and Culture Strategic Action Plan, which will shape arts and culture services, delivery, and facilities in the District of West Vancouver for the next five years.
The period under Niedermayer's leadership has been one of growth and success for the Whistler Arts Council (WAC) and, after many years with the organization, the move is an emotional one for her. As executive director she's overseen numerous changes, including WAC's growth from a staff of only herself to 20 permanent employees. In 2010, when the Winter Olympics came to Whistler, the WAC took over operations of the municipally-owned Maury Young Arts Centre (formerly called Millennium Place). Niedermayer served as the steering committee executive for the Whistler Cultural Tourism Development Strategy in 2011 and Whistler's Community Cultural Plan in 2013.
She says she feels as though she's leaving the organization in a strong position and, with good staff in place, the board can take some time to assess the next steps for WAC without filling her place immediately.
Next for her is what Niedermayer calls her "learning to like herbal tea phase," meeting many new people and getting to know the cultural community of West Vancouver as she moves into her new role.
Her position with the District of West Vancouver commences February 22.