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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre announces new executive director

Liza Walli joins the SLCC after a three-month search
Liza Walli is the SLCC's new Executive Director.

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) has a new executive director, with Liza Walli set to join the landmark organization starting April 2.

With a long resume at multiple Whistler businesses, Walli most recently worked as the general manager at the Brew Creek Centre, and has experience with Whistler Blackcomb, Ziptrek Ecotours, and Nita Lake Lodge.

“I am thrilled to be joining such a skilled and dedicated team; continuing to create meaningful experiences to learn, share and invite the world to the SLCC—a spectacular cultural landmark, showcasing two unique nations," said Walli.

She said she sought the role to share her knowledge, and learn.

"It was a desire to work and collaborate again as part of a team, meaningful connection to the community, purposeful work and a brilliant opportunity to learn more about the two nations—trusting that with my curiosity and skill set I can be a conduit to ensure their distinct cultures are brought forward with vibrancy each day at the SLCC," she said.

During her time as general manager of Brew Creek Centre, Walli worked to grow that business in alignment with surrounding communities and the environmental ethos of its brand.

“[Walli] successfully galvanized a team and resources to create a clear vision for sustainability and commercial success, creating an iconic destination venue and farm," reads the SLCC release on her appointment.

She steps into the role last occupied by Heather Paul, who was executive director of the SLCC for a little under three years before moving on to become chief administrative officer for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.

Walli’s appointment brings to an end a months-long search for Paul’s replacement.

“[Walli] will work very closely with the team on delivering the SLCC’s strategic plan, in development between SLCC ambassadors and the board of directors,” reads the release.

She said there is a lot to look forward to in the role.

"With Indigenous tourism growing exponentially globally, I am excited to review the strategic plan and the potential for growth and impact, meet the team that is the foundation for success and gain more insight into what’s next and what’s possible."

The SLCC has long been a major establishment in the Whistler cultural space as a central showcase of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh and L̓il̓wat7úl—the two First Nations communities that first called this part of the world home, with regular rotating exhibits, cultural tours, events and more year-round.

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