Abbotsford Arts Council President Awarded Order of Abbotsford
Commercial real estate agent and Arts Council head Charles Wiebe to be presented the award on June 23
Submitted. The Abbotsford Arts Council announces its President, Charles D. Wiebe, Abbotsford-based commercial real estate agent, has been selected by city council as a recipient of the Order of Abbotsford, to be presented during a ceremony at 7PM on June 23, 2014 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. The Order of Abbotsford annually recognizes outstanding community leaders who have been involved in community service and demonstrated a sustained commitment to the betterment of Abbotsford’s residents.
With over 24 years of experience in real estate, Charles has worked almost exclusively in the Investment, Commercial and Industrial marketplace. Licensed as a Realtor since 1989, Charles became a member of the Commercial Division of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board in 1991. Born, raised and educated in Abbotsford, Charles earned a Diploma in Technology in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering from BCIT. He was hired from BCIT by Shell Canada Resources Ltd. in Calgary, AB, where he worked in the Materials Engineering department.
In addition to being the President of the Abbotsford Arts Council, Charles is currently a Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Culture for the City of Abbotsford; Director of The Reach; Vice-President of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and Past Chair of the BC Commercial Council. Charles also often performs on local stages as an actor/singer and emcee. In 2006, Charles won Best Supporting Actor for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton England, for his portrayal of Florian in Princess Ida. It is through his involvement in these organizations and activities that he “endeavours to create a strong and healthy relationship with the arts and his community as a whole.”
“Charles is a world class emcee, and every time I see him perform or give a public presentation, I am reminded of how lucky we are to have him as a spokesperson and advocate for the advancement of the arts in our community,” comments Gail Gromaski, Executive Director of the Abbotsford Arts Council. “Charles has given many presentations to city council and other audiences on the importance of the arts and has attended hundreds of meetings to work towards helping arts organizations better serve Abbotsford’s artists and engage the community in the arts. City council nailed it when they chose Charles for this honour.”
About the Abbotsford Arts Council
Established in 1972, the Abbotsford Arts Council acts as a resource for local artists while promoting the vision, creativity, and energy of the Abbotsford community through the arts. Nearly 70 local arts, heritage and culture organizations receive support under the umbrella of the Abbotsford Arts Council, and the talents of hundreds of local artists are showcased by the Abbotsford Arts Council each year at the Kariton Art Gallery and Boutique, the Envision Financial Coffee House Concert and Concert in the Park Series, the Arty Awards and the Christmas Artisan Gift Fair. To learn more about the Abbotsford Arts Council, visitabbotsfordartscouncil.org.