Sandra Singh named Vancouver general manager of arts, culture, and community services

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      The City of Vancouver has a new arts lead.

      Sandra Singh has been named Vancouver’s new general manager of arts, culture, and community services.

      She’s currently the Vancouver Public Library’s chief librarian. Singh is scheduled to leave that role and begin her new job in April 2018.

      Singh also sits on the Canada Council for the Arts' Public Lending Right Commission and chairs the federal government’s National Heritage Digitization Strategy.

      Vancouver city manager Sadhu Johnston is quoted in a December 18 media release praising Singh for her past work.

      “Under Sandra's leadership, VPL has delivered on a well-designed strategic plan and made significant achievements to keep library services modern, engaged, creative, and customer focussed,” Johnston said quoted there. “There is a natural fit with her experience and knowledge, and Sandra is in a great position to take on the role leading arts, culture and community services at the city."

      In December 2013, scholars from Germany’s Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf studied and ranked 31 libraries around the world and found Vancouver's placed right at the very top, tying for first place with the Bibliothèques Montréal.

      Singh will replace Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas who, according to the release, is relocating to Ontario to be closer to her family.

      Under Llewellyn-Thomas’s leadership, the department was named just “community services”. Coinciding with Singh’s appointment, it’s being renamed “arts, culture, and community services”.

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