For over thirty years, Joan Richoz has been the cornerstone of Whistler’s arts and cultural community. One of her most significant contributions was her singular vision for the development of the Whistler Public Library, where she was the first librarian. A member of the Whistler Arts Council since 1983 and current Chair, Joan has been actively involved in all of its signature programs including the Performance Series, the Whistler Childrens’ Art Festival and Bizarre Bazaar. She currently serves the provincial arts and culture community as the Chair of the BC Assembly of Arts Councils. Joan raises the character and quality of her community through her hard work, her vision and her skill at bringing out the best in others.