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ED, Boomer Stacey bids farewell to PACT

October 4, 2023

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Boomer Stacey`s departure as Executive Director of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT). Boomer has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization and support of the membership and sector at large, particularly during the uncertainties and hardships of the pandemic that we are still recovering from. We will miss him and his inspiring leadership, and we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavours. We want to thank him for his dedicated service and countless significant accomplishments.

From Board President, Nina Lee Aquino -
“Boomer was the leader we needed for PACT to help grow a more thoughtful, inclusive and resilient Canadian theatre sector. We are grateful for his dedication and unrelenting love for the theatre community. He led with passion, enthusiasm, and fearlessness, navigating PACT through challenging times and triumphant moments, always with grace, humility, and wicked sense of humour. 

He will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, members, and partners alike. We are so excited for the next steps in his career and wish him all the best.”

In Boomer’s own words - 
“It has been an honour, privilege, and epic journey in working for PACT and with this amazing community of people. I started at PACT in 2010 in time to produce my first PACT conference in Cow Head, NL and was immediately struck by the dedication and passion of the Board, committee members, volunteers, and members from across the country. This has continued to grow, and in my few years as Executive Director have grown and developed so much in working with this organization and specifically, under the leadership of President, Nina Lee Aquino and Vice President, Mike Payette. It is also important for me to recognize the amazing staff and in particular, our vital core of Mirette Shoeir and Zachary Moull. All of our successes, support and impact is a result of our TEAM and it has been a great joy to work in the trenches with this group for so long. Looking forward, I’m excited to support the leadership transition and to celebrate our community in Kamloops at PACTcon 2023 – I’ll also be overjoyed to assume the role as a proud PACT member in my new capacity as Artistic Producer at Boca del Lupo. Thank you for all your support and comradery over the years!”.  

Over the next few months, PACT will be conducting a search to find the new Executive Director under the guidance of Jeanne Lesage of Lesage Arts. During this transition period and with Boomer’s continued support, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization. A survey will be shared with the membership soon; your voice is important in helping us identify the right candidates who can usher PACT to its next period of growth so it can continue to be a thriving and vital service organization for the Canadian theatre community.

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