Chair and Co-chair of Side­walk Days will be step­ping down for new lead­er­ship in 2020

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News - Sasha-Gay Lob­ban

Tourism Moose Jaw is look­ing for a new chair and co-chair to spear­head one of Moose Jaw’s big­gest and sta­ple events, Side­walk Days, begin­ning in 2020.

The an­nounce­ment was made re­cently. Tourism Di­rec­tor and present chair of Side­walk Days, Jacki L’Heureux-Ma­son stated she and Su­san Per­ron, who have been in­volved with the plan­ning of this ma­jor event since 2012 & 2011 re­spec­tively, have de­cided to step down as Chair and Co-chair af­ter next year’s (2019) fes­ti­val. L’Heureux-Ma­son said as a re­sult, they are putting a call out to the vol­un­teer com­mu­nity to ap­ply in a bid to lead the usu­ally suc­cess­ful fes­ti­val go­ing for­ward. “We are look­ing ahead and with this be­ing our last year, we def­i­nitely want to have some­one on board this year, so they could watch how we’ve done things and meet some of the con­tacts that we’ve made,” L’Heureux-Ma­son said. “It’s one of those things where I believe very strongly that in or­der to keep some­thing en­er­gized, it re­ally needs to have some­one new come in once in a while. I’ve been here since 2012 and Su­san, since 2011, and I think we need to have some­one new come in to keep the event en­er­gized. We had a 5-year plan that we were able to ac­com­plish in 3 years; now that we’ve got the event to a place we wanted, I think it’s the per­fect time for some­one to pick up on what we’ve built and to put some new en­ergy into it.” L’Heureux-Ma­son says the de­ci­sion was strictly a per­sonal one and there were no in­ter­nal is­sues. She says she be­lieves it is time to bring some­one new to the fore­front to con­tinue with the suc­cess of the event. “I think this is a good succession plan and it has al­ways been a com­mu­nity-based com­mit­tee. Tourism Moose Jaw is happy to pro­vide the in­fras­truc­ture that `the event will need to keep its mo­men­tum and con­tinue suc­cess­fully. It was def­i­nitely a per­sonal de­ci­sion. I’d like to have a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge in the next year or two, so it was a per­sonal de­ci­sion I made.”

She says, how­ever, she will al­ways be avail­able to pro­vide the nec­es­sary as­sis­tance. “As long as I’m with Tourism Moose Jaw, the new chair and co-chair will al­ways have ac­cess to me be­cause of the ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve built with it. But even mov­ing for­ward, if I’m no longer with Tourism Moose Jaw, I’d still love to be part of it be­cause we’ve seen it go from in­fancy to its ma­ture state where it is now one of the big­gest fes­ti­vals in south­ern Saskatchewan. We are very proud of that.” L’Heureux-Ma­son says the com­mit­tee is look­ing for a leader who is en­thu­si­as­tic, re­source­ful and able to con­nect with the com­mu­nity. “I en­cour­age those who have an ex­cite­ment and en­ergy for this fes­ti­val to ap­ply. You want to be able to com­mu­ni­cate that mes­sage to the peo­ple you’d be work­ing with. We are also look­ing for some­one who is re­ally good in deal­ing with the pub­lic, ven­dors and procur­ing var­i­ous re­sources for the fes­ti­val and be­ing open to the di­rec­tion the fes­ti­val should/would take. Those are some of the things/per­son­al­ity traits you’ll need to have for either of the po­si­tions.”

“It wasn’t an easy de­ci­sion for us to make. We are so for­tu­nate to have had such a long part­ner­ship to do this and I’ve gained a won­der­ful friend out of this whole ex­pe­ri­ence and I’m grate­ful for that,” L’Heureux-Ma­son added. For her part, Per­ron said she “was happy to co-chair such an im­por­tant event for the City of Moose Jaw for so many years. It was won­der­ful to see how it has grown into one of Saskatchewan’s largest fes­ti­vals. I think now is the time to bring a new per­spec­tive and fresh ideas.”

Tourism Moose Jaw will start ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for a new chair and co-chair. A de­scrip­tion of the po­si­tions is avail­able on the Side­walk Days web­site and Face­book page. All you need to do is email your re­sume and in­di­cate which po­si­tion you are ap­ply­ing for. Ap­pli­ca­tions need to be in by Oc­to­ber 31st, 2018. Please email to info@side­walk­days.ca.

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