There are some new faces at the Community Centre front desk. But the big changes have occurred behind the desk and in the offices behind. Previous Events Coordinator Cheryl Hayden was promoted to Director of Community Services and in her place is Bryant Bird as the new Events Coordinator.

Ready to jump right in, Bird will be visible at events such as the Canada Day Concert, held in the curling rink on July 1 at 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. He comes from an impressive background of event knowledge having been involved in boys and girls clubs as well as Aquatic Supervisor and Coordinator in Fort Nelson.

He spent 2 years in Fort Nelson before moving to the Okanagan where he lived for just under a year. He says he likes Tumbler Ridge very much. ?It?s nice to be a part of a community that is getting back on its feet, focusing on the happy times and development, instead of cutbacks and depression.?

He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Geography Major and a Sociology Minor, concentrating on Urban Planning and Community Development. He has also worked in recreation for over 15 years with organizations such as the Boys? and Girls? Clubs of Greater Vancouver and the Okanagan where most recently he served as Program Coordinator for the Boys? and Girls? Club in Summerland.

Bird is impressed with the arts and culture that Tumbler Ridge celebrates. ?It is an amazing arts community, with arts council and music groups.?Speaking at length with Bird, he shows an earnest desire to help with events and ideas in our community. He has seen other communities with similar limitations thrive despite. ?I like the commitment from the arts community and this facility, which seems to be the hub of the community.?

Bird found the job opportunity posted on a website which posts municipal employment listings. It sounded like it was a good opportunity and he put in a call to Town Hall. His conversation with administrator Kim isaak was a very positive one and he applied for the job.

His start date was June 5th and he is already customizing his office and balancing the barrage of events coming his way. He is excited about this new chapter in his life. ?I am looking forward to seeing all the smiling faces (come into the Community Centre) and serve the community as best as possible.? He pauses and with a smile adds, ?The doors are open, come on in.?