History

    • The Quesnel and District Community Arts Council (QDCAC) was incorporated on November 21st, 1973, under certificate number S-10568. The Arts Council is a not-for-profit society whose mandate is to initiate, promote, and develop understanding, involvement and support for arts, heritage and culture. This responsibility is fulfilled through advocacy, education, coordination, amd communication, for the enrichment of the lives of the people of Quesnel and District.

      In 1986, it became evident that there were community issues and benefits that transcended the municipal boundaries. In order to advance the well-being of the entire community and address the existing issues and potential benefits, the Sub-Regional Recreation Commission was established.

      Key community arts, agricultural and recreation representatives spent countless hours facing the laborious task of pulling three diverse user groups into a cemented partnership. By the fall of 1987, public endorsement elevated daily and "We're Pulling Together" became the call for harmony. In November, 1988, the referendum was passed. Quesnel now proudly hosts Alex Fraser Park which serves our agricultural community, the Quesnel and District Community Twin Arenas, and the Arts Center. The Arts Center, funded with a substantial donation from the Ketchum family and West Fraser Mills, Ltd., was built adjoining the sub-regional recreation facility and was renamed the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Center.

      The QDCAC, its member groups and standing committees, have enjoyed the patronage of the Joint-Planning Committee since that time.