Emergency meeting about MAC in Parksville

A member of the OCAC told The NEWS he was going to put forward a resolution last night calling for the ouster of board

A special, emergency meeting last night at the McMillan Arts Centre had the potential for drama, including the toppling of the governing board and the possible closure of the iconic Parksville facility.

A member of the Oceanside Community Arts Council (OCAC) told The NEWS he was going to put forward a resolution last night calling for the ouster of OCAC board of directors’ president Chris Raines. The OCAC owns and operates The MAC, which has just seen the completion of more than $100,000 (cash and in-kind value) of renovations.

Raines said Monday he would not be attending the meeting last night, due to health concerns. He did say he has heard rumblings of what was planned to be presented at the meeting.

“They might throw us (existing board members) out,” said Raines. “If they have a group of people and a plan to move forward, that’s fine with me.” The closure of The MAC was one of the options that could have been discussed last night, said Raines. “One of the options would be to close the doors for the time being and seek to sell or lease the building,” he said.

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