MacGregor leaving arts co-ordinator position

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Accepts job in the private sector

Amherst's arts, culture and heritage co-ordinator Andrew MacGregor is leaving his position with the town to take a job in the private sector.

AMHERST – Amherst’s first arts, culture and heritage co-ordinator is moving on.

Andrew MacGregor confirmed Monday he has given his two weeks notice to the town to accept a position in the private sector.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my three years working in the position, but another opportunity came up and I accepted it,” MacGregor said. “I’ve worked with some wonderful organizations and individuals all dedicated to promoting Amherst as an arts, culture and heritage-friendly community. Organizations such as the Rockabilly Festival, Fibre Arts and the Tantramar Seniors College are examples of what’s special about Amherst.”

MacGregor said he had a three to five-year vision when he accepted the job three years ago. He’s pleased with how the position has grown and how the arts community has continued to flourish. He added he’s excited to think about the possibilities as the town moves forward.

“Amherst has a lot to offer and I’m so excited about where we can go as a community,” MacGregor said. “It’s an exciting time to live in Amherst.”

Amherst CAO Greg Herrett said the town is going to miss MacGregor’s contribution.

“He has definitely made a contribution to the arts community and did a good job for us and the town,” Herrett said.

The creation of the arts, culture and heritage co-ordinator’s position came out of the 2010 Authentically Amherst study. Consultant Wendy Donovan of dmA Planning and Management Services suggested the recreation of an arts co-ordinator to oversee, facilitate and support the development of the arts, culture and heritage strategy.

Herrett said now that the position is vacant, council will take some time to determine what direction to proceed and whether to hire a new co-ordinator or reassign an existing staff member to handle the duties.

“We’ll take a step back to determine what the best way forward is before we jump to fill the position,” Herrett said. “Often when people resign or retire it’s a healthy thing because you can step back to make sure allocating the right resources to a particular area.”

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Tantramar Seniors College, Planning and Management Services

Geographic location: AMHERST

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Recent comments

  • Charlie Joseph
    May 14, 2013 - 15:06

    I've looked up public documents on the position and general statements concerning direction, maybe using a segment of the 50k to seed a community arts committee and their interests would be a good direction to move towards. Stakeholders who could consult council and coordinate events and access federal and provincial grants. Musicians and artists could use a little organization, not salaries or handouts, but regular community meetings and organization.

  • Thought
    May 13, 2013 - 22:02

    So what our lovely CAO is saying, is that Andrew will not be replaced. The money will be re-allotted into the pockets of other members of the organisation. All we ask, Mr. Herrett, is that the people who take on the work left by Mr. MacGregor, see some of that money. It pays to take care of your employees, not just the "chosen few"