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Executive director to retire from Place des Arts ahead of February opening

Léo Therrien says now that cultural centre is completed, he’s looking forward to spending time ‘at the cottage with family’
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Léo Therrien, the executive director of Place des Arts in downtown Sudbury, has announced his retirement.

With the completion of Places des Arts, executive director Léo Therrien has announced he will be stepping down on April 1.  

“We warmly thank Léo for his contributions to Place des Arts,” states Places des Arts’ chairperson Alain Richard, in a release. “He carried out the mandate we gave him when he was hired three years ago, which was to bring Place des Arts’ construction project to fruition, to manage the organization, to recruit staff members and to handle the operational details that accompany a project of this magnitude.”

The release also notes that Therrien’s work has brought other community institutions to fruition, including Village International Sudbury and the Sudbury Hospice, as well as taking over the direction of Place des Arts after the death of the cultural centre’s beloved creator, Paulette Gagnon. Therrien stated in the release that he hopes, with circumstances permitting, that the founding organizations of Place des Arts will be moving into the location in February.

“It's the right time for me to leave and for a new person to take over,” said Therrien. “I'm now looking forward to spending more time at the cottage with my family.” 

Place des Arts’ Board of Directors will soon begin the process of hiring a new executive director to guide the venue to its official opening and beyond. The founding members of the Place des Arts’ state their mission is to “make possible and accessible quality cultural and artistic experiences, which have a lasting impact on the lives of citizens and contribute to the development and the well being of the Francophone and Greater Sudbury communities.”

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