Linda Williams

Recipient
Sechelt, British Columbia

As Chair of the Coast Cultural Alliance, Linda has shaped the arts community on the Sunshine Coast. Since 1999 Linda has coordinated the Sunshine Coast Purple Banner Tour Guide and starting in 2010, the annual Sunshine Coast Arts Crawl an event that has grown to featuring over 350 local artists and contributed to the economic and cultural vitality of the Sunshine Coast. She is instrumental in supporting local musicians and helped to establish a youth endowment with the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation to provide grants to young musicians. Her initiatives have stood the test of time and are now sustainably woven into the rhythms of her community. Linda is Chair of the Sunshine Coast Jazz and Entertainment Society, and festival director for the Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival. Known as a person who brings people and ideas together, Linda leads and performs in the Knotty Dotters Marimba Band and is the musical director with the Sokole Balkan singers. All these initiatives have been hit hard by the pandemic and Linda remains a strong advocate as she navigates the current challenges to bring arts and culture to the Sunshine Coast in new and imaginative ways.