Executive director of Maple Ridge ACT wins provincial award

Lindy Sisson is the executive director for The ACT in Maple Ridge.

Lindy Sisson is the executive director for The ACT in Maple Ridge.

Lindy Sisson was awarded for her contribution and promotion of the arts at a ceremony last month.

The executive director of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Arts Council and the ACT was named a “Community Arts Champion” by ArtsBC on April 30, along with Ken Blackburn and Diane Ferguson.

Sisson has a 30-year career working in the arts in Canada. She is passionate about engaging youth in the arts, is successful in fostering community interest and community partnership and is a personal and professional advocate for developing real life skills in young people through arts and culture.

She has been the executive and artistic director of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, the Edmonton International Children’s Festival and the Teen Festival of the Arts. In her current position as executive director for The ACT in Maple Ridge, Sisson’s mandate is to continue connecting community with the performing and visual arts in significant ways, offer interactive arts education opportunities and enable performing artists to stage their work and engage with new audiences.

Community Arts Champion Awards are handed out each year, in conjunction with Arts and Culture Week. They serve to recognize those individuals or organizations who have contributed to the development and promotion of the arts in their communities.