The Cultus Lake Park Board, after a cross-Canada search, is pleased to announce that we have hired Bonny Bryant as the new Director of Park Operations. Bonny will assume her duties on September 14, 2015.
Bonny is an accomplished public sector professional with more than 30 years of experience. She has had direct service delivery and leadership responsibility for a wide range of municipal and provincial portfolios. Bonny brings a proven track record of success as a strategic leader of complex teams and challenging assignments. She has held senior executive positions with the Cities of Ottawa, Lethbridge and Regina and has most recently worked with the Province of Saskatchewan. She is a skilled administrator with extensive experience in strategic planning, creating positive change, building strong teams and strategic partnerships.
Bonny has excellent academic credentials. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Carleton University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. She also has international accreditation in Public Participation and has taken Executive Education at Harvard University.
Bonny’s vast knowledge of managing parks was largely acquired during her tenure with the City of Regina as the General Manager of Community & Protective Services. Among her responsibilities was managing Parks and Open Space and Recreation and Culture. This included over 2,106 ha of parks and open spaces, 30+ kilometers of a multi-use pathway system and over 140 parks and playgrounds. She was also a board member of the Wascana Park Board. Wascana Park is a 9.3 square kilometer park built around Wascana Lake and is the fourth largest urban park in Canada.
Bonny takes great passion and pride in public service. Her extensive career has shown her how service to the community makes a positive and profound difference. She believes in the value and importance of being a professional public servant who is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the citizens of the community in which she lives.
Cultus Lake Park presents and exciting opportunity for Bonny, as she strongly believes that we are all one team which includes the Board, the staff, the local community, the City of Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley Regional District, the Soowahlie First Nation community, and the millions of visitors that come to the park each year – we have our separate and unique roles but we all have a vested interest in the success of our park. By working together as a strong team we will accomplish great things.
Bonny and her husband Doug are thrilled about residing at Cultus Lake with its beautiful natural surroundings and are looking forward to contributing all they can to its success.