The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has appointed Haema Sivanesan as curator. She starts in the job June 1. Sivanesan brings more than 20 years of experience from various positions in public galleries and artist-run centres in Canada and Australia, and has significant experience in Asian art. An Australian native, Sivanesan worked with the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and was curator of the Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival in Melbourne. She moved to Toronto in 2006 as executive director of the South Asian Visual Arts Centre. In 2011, Sivanesan took the helm of Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art). Most recently, Sivanesan worked with the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon.
HarbourCats name advisers
The Victoria HarbourCats have set up an advisory board that will meet periodically and serve as resource and advocate for the baseball team’s staff and management. The group includes former major leaguer Steve Sinclair, Oak Bay Marine Group; Fraser Campbell, Campbell Commercial Real Estate; John Pollard, Rogers Media; Kelly Mann, CEO of the B.C. Games Society; Gary Beyer, Tesseract Computers; Al Hasham, Maximum Express; and Hugh MacDonald, SportHost Victoria.
Tartan Group wins award
Victoria-based public relations firm Tartan Group won the Best Integration with Offline Marketing Award at the inaugural Canadian Internet Marketing Awards. The campaign Tartan submitted was created for client Quito Turismo which wanted to establish an email newsletter database that focused on adventure travellers. Tartan developed a contest to give away an all-inclusive trip to Quito, Ecuador that was promoted through social media and at locations throughout North America. The campaign generated more than 53,000 customer leads for Quito Turismo and its partners. “It’s an honour to be recognized among our peers,” said James Anderson, director of communications and digital strategy for the Tartan Group.
More than 300 Toastmasters will gather in Victoria May 8 and 9 as Toastmasters District 21 hosts its spring conference at the Harbour Towers Hotel. It’s a “cultural mosaic theme,” where attendees explore how diversity enhances learning and growth. The public is invited to attend. d21springconference.org