Hyack Appoints New Executive Director

For Immediate Release. New Westminster, BC. November 3rd, 2017. David Brett, President, New Westminster Hyack Festival Association (“Hyack”), is pleased to report that Brunella Battista has been appointed to the position of Executive Director of Hyack, effective immediately. Ms. Battista, who has served admirably as Hyack Executive Assistant since the beginning of 2017, brings to Hyack a wealth of talent and experience working in a variety of roles in the non-profit sector.

“Hyack is thrilled and fortunate to have someone with Brunella’s tremendous energy, capability and vision on board,” said 2017 Hyack President David Brett. “Brunella Battista will be a great asset not only for Hyack, but the whole community of New Westminster, as she applies herself to fulfilling Hyack’s mission to make New Westminster a better place to live.”

“I am a great believer that authenticity, commitment to a larger cause and a positive attitude are fundamental to creating strong relationships and great communities,” said Brunella Battista, Executive Director of Hyack. “As an immigrant, I know firsthand that the support system I have in my new community has determined and expanded my own potential. My work is a way to give back.”

Brunella Battista is an entrepreneurial leader with extensive experience in administration, non-profit, and community programs. In 2016, she managed the community engagement artists for the yearlong Coquitlam 125 celebrations as founder of Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc. a group dedicated to celebrating local culture and stories through a variety of mediums. Ms. Battista is past president of the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association, vice-president of the Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society, and an award-winning multimedia artist and videographer, with film and television credits. She has taught classes at DareArts, Douglas College Summer Camps, Creative Writing for Children Society, the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, the Kitsilano Community Centre, and the City of Vancouver’s Get Out! Project.

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