New Members Appointed to the CRD Arts Advisory Council

Mar 15, 2016

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Arts Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Crook, Carolyn Heiman, Johanne Hemond and Stacey Larche to the CRD Arts Advisory Council.

The Arts Advisory Council is a volunteer committee that provides advice on arts policy and program development to the CRD Arts Committee, a standing committee of the CRD. They are also responsible for adjudicating applications to the funding programs administered through the office of the Arts Development Service.

The Arts Advisory Council members represent a wide range of experience in the arts and other professions.

The CRD Arts Development Service is supported by eight municipalities: Esquimalt, Highlands, Oak Bay, Metchosin, Saanich, Sidney, Victoria and View Royal. For more information, visit

Celebrating 50 years! The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.


For more information, please contact:
James Lam, Manager
CRD Arts Development
Tel: 250.360.3205
Cell: 250.216.5539


Bill Crook was most recently the general manager of Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver. He has held executive positions with the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts, Manitoba Theatre for Young People and Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion among others and has been a board member for numerous arts and non-arts organizations.

Carolyn Heiman has extensive experience as a communications director and manager having worked for various provincial government ministries including a deployment to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. From 1998 to 2008 she was a municipal affairs reporter and features editor with the Victoria Times Colonist. Previous to her work at the Times Colonist she was the dance critic for the Edmonton Journal.

Johanne Hemond is an award-winning photographer and painter. She is also a recreation therapist whose professional practice includes bringing a culture of the arts into complex care settings through the development of arts programs in hospitals and recreation centres.

Stacey Larche is a communications specialist and administrative professional with experience in both the private and public sectors. She has a strong familiarity with the local community as a former member of the Telus community investment team and has a particular interest in dance and the performing arts.