News Release

New Leadership at AOE Arts Council
November 19, 2012

Micheline Joanisse, a former AOE Arts Council director of communications and board member, has been appointed executive director of the organization.  The announcement was made today by Board President Heather Jamieson.
Effective January, Joanisse will replace Christine Tremblay, who has served as the organization’s executive director since 1990.  Tremblay will move into an advisory role with the council, Jamieson said.  Joanisse was hired following an extensive search which attracted applicants from across Canada.
“Micheline is a skilled, bilingual communicator with extensive knowledge of the arts community,” Jamieson said. “She is an experienced advocate in the non-profit sector who has already demonstrated a strong commitment to the membership and goals of the arts council.”
A resident of Cumberland, Joanisse spent more than two years as the Council’s director of communications between August 2006 to May 2009, where she worked closely with the arts community and gained considerable knowledge of the cultural sector.  Leaving AOE to work in communications with the federal government, she maintained a strong connection to the arts council by joining the board as vice-president public affairs in 2010.  She was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in October 2012 for her work in promoting natural resource development for the federal government.  
“I look forward to working with our members, stakeholders and the Ottawa arts community to continue developing and strengthening the arts sector,” Joanisse said.  “A priority will be to maintain the strong engagement with our arts partners in implementing the recommendations in the City’s Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture.”
Prior to her work with the Council and federal government, Joanisse spent close to a decade as director of communications for the non-profit Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation of Canada, where she was heavily involved in fundraising. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Ottawa and a Diploma in Journalism from Cambrian College, Sudbury.