Qaggiavuut Nunavut Performing Arts has announced Pitseolak Pfeifer as its new executive director.
Pfeifer replaces Ellen Hamilton, the non-profit society’s founding executive director. Pfeifer takes over following months of succession planning that began in January and involved a reorganization of the society, according to a Qaggiavuut news release issued Tuesday.
Born and raised in Iqaluit, Pfeifer has a background in management and academic research with a focus on Inuit values.
Also assuming a new role with the organization is Terrie Kusugak, who was elected chair of the board at the recent annual general meeting. Joining Kusugak on the board are vice-chairperson Christine Tootoo, secretary-treasurer Omanola Djalogue, Derek Elias, Nobe Khumalo, Pallulaaq Friesen and youth representative Mia Autut.
Other senior directors at Qaggiavuut include artistic director Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Qaggiq Hub director Sim Kisa-Knickelbein and director of the Qaggiq School of Performing Arts, Ashley Kilabuk-Savard.
Qaggiavuut advocates for Nunavut’s performing artists with a focus on Inuit. The society has been lobbying for a performance arts centre in the territory. It also operates the Qaggiq School of Performing Arts.