Chair and Co-chair of Sidewalk Days will be stepping down for new leadership in 2020
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 email@example.com.