I certainly never expected to be sitting in this chair again writing an Executive Director’s message to ELAN’s members and friends. Life is full of surprises. My post-ELAN summer was good. It was liberating to work on creative projects again. The six Waves of Change documentaries were acquired by MAtv in an expanded version, so we shot additional material and added some thought-provoking narration. The series began airing on MAtv September 21. The next phase of Waves of Change is a feature-length film, which we are calling ‘What We Choose to Remember’. I finished writing the script in August and we have filmed half of the new material. The project is strikingly relevant as Quebec is embroiled in Bill-96 hearings over new language laws, which clearly demonstrate how different communities see, interpret and remember the world in different ways.
Over the summer, I also wrote a multimedia show that will be projected onto the Parliament buildings in Ottawa next year, and I finished some short stories and a play that I had been wanting to work on for ages. And then came the unexpected news that ELAN is looking for a new ED.
We hope to be interviewing candidates by November. If you know someone who could make a good Executive Director for ELAN, please share the job description with them. A lot has changed at ELAN over the summer. We have a new Membership Coordinator and a brand new Communications Coordinator. In addition, ELAN’s Quebec Relations project has created a new full-time research position. All three new staff members are introduced in this edition of ELANews. They are excellent additions to the team.
I look forward to working with ELAN’s staff team and the board over the next few months until we hire a new Executive Director. There is a lot going on. The arts and culture sector is steadily moving into post-covid relaunch, which is challenge full of complex variables. Quebec is reviewing its Status of the Artist legislation, which affects all of us, and Bill-96 will continue to be an issue as it passes into law. In addition, ELAN wants to get back to supporting our members with workshops, information sessions and networking events. The team has lots of ideas. Stay tuned.
Guy Rex Rodgers
Interim Executive Director