The Port Moody Arts Centre has a new leader.
Fatima Amarshi will officially start as managing director of the St. Johns Street facility Oct. 1, replacing Lois Sharpe who quit as general manager earlier this year.
Amarshi previously worked at Metasoft Systems, a software firm that helps non-profit groups with management and grant funding.
She is also the former executive director of the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society — the producer of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival — from 2010-’14 and the former executive director of Pride Toronto.
Amarshi has her bachelor of arts degree from McMaster University, where she studied cultural anthropology and political science.
She’s also a recent graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.
Prior to Amarshi’s appointment, the arts centre was run by an executive director — the most recent being Stephen Torrence and Bruce Campbell.