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Hyack Festival Association

2017 THEME: First Nations. First Cities: Telling Out Story. Together

“During Canada’s 150th year, it’s very fitting that the Royal City recall its special place in the history of this country in a way that integrates and celebrates the culture and stories of the First Peoples of the land,” said David Brett, Hyack President Elect. “The word Hyack, a Chinook term meaning ‘go fast,’ is deeply woven into the fabric of New Westminster’s culture and history, and reveals the profound connection between Western Canada’s first city and First Nations people.” Hyack is grateful for the support of Qayqayt First Nation Chief Rhonda Larrabee for the organization’s 2017 theme and is collaborating with Qayqayt leaders and members.

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David Lyle Appointed Artistic Director

Hyack is pleased to announced that accomplished First Nations artist, actor, and director David H. Lyle, who grew up in New Westminster, has agreed to take on the role of Artistic Director for 2017. David is an award-winning director, a trained musician, union actor, skilled coach and performer.

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2017 Board Introduced At AGM

David Brett and First Lady Lorraine Brett succeeded outgoing President Alan Wardle and First Lady Debbie Wardle. Bryn Ward was appointed President-Elect and is joined by Treasurer: Gloria Munro, CPA, Secretary: Debora Sutherland, MBA and VP Sean Della Vedova, MA. Directors at large for 2017 are Alan Wardle, Ryan Ferrer, Brenda Adam, Gerda Suess, David MacGrotty and Lili De Capite.

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