SANDRA SINGH GENERAL MANAGER OF ARTS, CULTURE AND COMMUNITY SERVICE, CITY OF VANCOUVER PREVIOUSLY #49,2014
The new Vancouver
city hall job Sandra Singh was awarded last December doesn’t sound that intimidating: general manager of arts, culture and community services. But that title disguises a raft of complex issues that she’ll have to deal with: everything from homelessness to reconciliation with Indigenous groups to child care to the ballet and public art. But the 40-something Singh impressed many at city hall with her potential to grapple with all that during her eight years as head of the Vancouver Public Library, with her team-building abilities and her capacity for listening quietly before weighing in. She did a lot with a tight budget, introducing things like the Inspiration Lab, which gives library patrons space and equipment for digital productions and storytelling.