“We are fortunate to have a very experienced board member like Judith Gelber, to provide interim leadership and a smooth transition,” said Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO. “We would also like to express warm thanks to Martha Durdin, who has been an incredibly committed Chair of the Ontario Arts Council for nine years, plus two years as Acting Chair and Vice-Chair before that. These volunteer positions involve extraordinary amounts of time, effort and expertise. OAC and the entire Ontario arts community owe a debt of gratitude to Martha for her many important contributions over the years, and to Judith, who has agreed to take on this new role as Acting Chair.”
Martha Durdin was appointed to the board of directors of OAC in July 2004, named Vice-Chair in 2005, Chair in 2006, and renewed as Chair twice.
Prior to OAC, she served as a board member with Opera Atelier, Business for the Arts and Factory Theatre. Currently she is Vice-Chair of the board at the Royal Ontario Museum, and a board member of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and The Writers' Trust of Canada. Other community activities include work with Casey House and Homes First Foundation.
Martha is currently President and CEO of Credit Union Central of Canada.