Rev. Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles died August 1 following a battle with lung cancer. He was 74. In addition to his work with arts and culture organizations across the country, Wilhelm-Boyles served as the executive director for the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, in its former incarnation as the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture, from 2007-2008.
Wilhelm-Boyles was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He originally arrived in Canada as a teenager and taught English and drama in Newfoundland and Labrador. He entered the arts and culture community through a position at the CBC managing a television station in Churchill, Manitoba.
Among his many roles in the Canadian arts, he founded the Yukon Arts Centre and the Whitehorse Community Choir; was choral director of the Maple Ridge Choral Society; held an interim executive directorship at Ballet BC, and held positions with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Creative City Network of Canada.
In his late life, he was ordained as a minister in the Anglican church.
A service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver on August 12.