The Town of Stony Plain has a hired a new Cultural Development Officer. Chantelle Held, who started with the Town on Jan. 6, 2014, replaces AnnLisa Jensen, who stepped down from the position last fall, after successfully running for the Div. 1 seat on Parkland County Council in the 2013 general election.
The Town’s Cultural Development Office creates and implements cultural development initiatives within Stony Plain, working closely with local, regional and provincial cultural groups, organizations and stakeholders to advance culture within the community. The office is also responsible for overseeing and implementing the Organization’s Cultural Master Plan, which Council adopted in May 2012.
“I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work within a community that is not only passionate about its past,” Held says, “but that is also forward-thinking about its cultural future.”
Prior to coming to Stony Plain, Held worked for the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation (GPA EDC) for six years and was an instructor in the Museum Management program at Fleming College in Peterborough, ON for four terms. Most recently, she worked at the East Kawartha Chamber of Commerce near Peterborough (Lakefield, ON).
No stranger to municipal government, Held invested three years in the Community Services division of the City of Peterborough – as a special events officer and in various roles at the Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Peterborough Museum and Archives.
Held has extensive knowledge of – and experience in – managing and implementing economic and community development projects. Her career has included significant focus on project management, fund development
and stakeholder relations and partnership outreach.
Held holds a BA in Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier Univ., a graduate certificate in museum management and curatorship from Fleming College and is working to complete a certificate in economic development from the Univ. of Waterloo. She hails from Peterborough and Port Hope, ON.