Elizabeth Ball - City Councillor
Elizabeth Ball is an award winning producer, director, arts consultant and advocate. Founder of Carousel Theatre Company, she served as Managing Artistic Director for 27 years and was co-founder of the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. As a small business owner, Elizabeth understands the needs of Vancouver's business owners and their employees.
Elizabeth is President of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and is on the Board of Studio 58 Theatre School at Langara College. Early in her career, she was a member of the Public Art Committee that created the first public art policy in Vancouver. She consulted on and authored the City of Richmond's first arts strategy, a ten-year creative vision and planning policy. Founding director of the Mavor Moore Theatre, she also served on the executive of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women.
Elizabeth received the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Award and 'star' on Granville Street. She received two YWCA Woman of Distinction nominations. She received the Lifetime Achievement Medallion Award from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America. The Union of BC Performers (ACTRA) awarded her the Sam Payne Award for Humanity and Integrity and she was honoured with the Vancouver Theatre Alliance lifetime Achievement Award. She has been married for over thirty years and is the mother of two.
A hardworking and accomplished City Councillor from 2005 to 2008, her many Local and Regional Appointments included:
- Vancouver Public Library Board
- Vancouver Heritage Foundation Board
- City of Vancouver Film Task Force
- City of Vancouver Creative Task Force
- Director, Greater Vancouver Regional District Metro
- Director, Metro Labour Relations Bureau
- Director, Metro/UBC Joint Committee
- Director, Metro Regional Cultural Task Force and the 1st Cultural Committee
As a City Councillor, Elizabeth successfully championed economic and cultural programs including:
- $1.5 million for Vancouver's first Cultural Tourism Strategy
- "Vancouver 125" celebration of City's anniversary in 2011
- Mayor's Film Industry Task Force
- Vancouver's successful 2009 Juno Award bid
She believes that Vancouver is a vibrant city that needs proven, responsible and visionary minds on City Council. She envisions a city where everyone feels safe to walk on the streets and where our children and youth are nurtured and inspired. Elizabeth knows how to foster a city so rich in culture that people are drawn here as much for our live theatres and galleries as they are for the natural beauty. Tourism will blossom when encouraged by creative initiatives, thereby providing work for many and a healthy economy for all.