Ed Poli Gallery Manager

Ed PoliThe Board of Directors of the Nanaimo Art Gallery has announced the appointment of Ed Poli as Gallery Manager, effective April 1, 2008. Mr. Poli is a well-known local management consultant, community activist, and arts advocate. After a management career in the federal civil service spanning 25 years, he became heavily involved with the development and implementation of Nanaimo's Community Economic Development Strategy. Over the past few years Mr. Poli has been responsible for establishing and managing a number of organizations, including the Pacific Offshore Energy Association and Ocean Industries BC.

Mr. Poli has a long history of community involvement working with service clubs, not-for-profit organizations, and community committees. These include the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership Society, the Downtown Business Development Committee, the Hidden Heroes Education Society, the Downtown Nanaimo Arts, Culture and Entertainment Committee, and the Nanaimo North Rotary Club. His interest in the arts goes back many years. He coordinated the establishment of the Nanaimo Film Society, and is presently the Secretary of the Nanaimo Blues Society.

On being appointed to the Gallery Manager position, Mr. Poli said: "I have always been a strong supporter of the arts, and a firm believer in the value of the arts to the aesthetic, cultural, and economic well being of the community. Nanaimo's arts scene is exciting and full of potential to just get better and better!"

In expressing pleasure that Mr. Poli has agreed to take on the position of Gallery Manager, Ian Niamath, President of the Nanaimo Art Gallery Society Board of Directors said: "This is a really important time for the Gallery as we look at the future development of Nanaimo. With the downtown revitalization that is already happening, and the very strong commitment to the role that cultural activities play in making the city an exciting place for both local residents and visitors, the board feels that the Nanaimo Art Gallery will be an even more vital part of the community in the future. We believe that with his experience, proven track record, and knowledge of the community, Ed Poli is the ideal person to help us move the gallery forward."

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