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Notice to Members and the Community
Organizational Restructuring and Staffing Changes at CARFAC Ontario

October 24, 2018


As the arts climate changes CARFAC Ontario is adapting in order to remain an arts leader and ensure we remain a robust, well-resourced professional association serving the needs of many artists across Ontario. After much debate, consideration and strategic planning, CARFAC Ontario is restructuring our organizational operations to better accommodate the ever-changing needs of our membership and the larger visual arts community. CARFAC Ontario board and staff have engaged in a vigorous process of reorganization and reflection, taking into account programmatic needs, support services required to advance organizational goals, and effective budget planning for the next 3 years. We have collectively come to the conclusion that in the face of a drastic reduction over in recent years in revenues from project grants, which we had traditionally relied on to provide additional support for our basic operations,  our immediate priority is to make the most out of our limited financial resources  through reducing  staff expenses, while enhancing board and committee functions until we are able to build up our self-generated revenues and establish a more sustainable and self-sufficient operating model.

It is therefore with mixed feelings that we announce that as of November 1, Executive Director Sally Lee will end her tenure of over 3 years at the helm of the organization and that after 9 years, Operations Manager Victoria Glizer’s last day of service to CARFAC Ontario will be December 7. The board would like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of both Victoria and Sally during their time on staff at CARFAC Ontario and thank them for their unwavering commitment to our members and the visual arts community.

Elissa Pendergast will continue to oversee day-to-day operations part-time as General Manager to ensure minimal disruption to front-line member servicing. Executive functions will become the responsibility of volunteer board members, with additional support from a robust committee structure that will benefit from the active participation of our artist members and individuals from the visual arts community at large. Sally will continue to be involved with CARFAC Ontario on an ad hoc basis as appropriate.

Executive functions will become the responsibility of volunteer board members, with additional support coming from robust committee and working group structures comprised of our members. We believe that both the organization and the entire community will benefit from the active participation of our artist members and individuals from the visual arts community at large, and we invite you to keep an eye out for updates related to the formation of these new committees and working groups.

CARFAC Ontario understands that reduced staffing will require some changes to the way we operate in the short term – for instance, we will now be asking members who wish to speak with us in person to make an appointment. Regardless, we believe that we will be able to continue to uphold our mission and mandate.

We do not take these actions lightly and feel strongly that this is the only path to ensure the ability of the organization to survive and thrive moving forward. We bring this information to you as we all feel that it is important to include you in these major organizational changes. CARFAC Ontario is among the most highly regarded professional arts associations in Canada and we want to show the world our shared vision of a bright future: It will take all of us to build this future together. Your interest and involvement are critical to this successful organizational restructuring.

CARFAC Ontario’s board of directors, and both outgoing and continuing staff will be available on-site at during the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 28 to answer questions from our members and explain details for our collective futures and how we can all take part in being involved.

Contact info moving forward is as follows:

General Inquiries: carfacontario@carfacontario.ca

Elissa Pendergast, General Manager: ep@carfacontario.ca

Board of Directors: board@carfacontario.ca

PH: 416-340-8850 (toll free: 1-877-890-8850)

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Toronto, Ontario  M5V 3A8

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