The Rotary Okanagan International Children's Festival has cancelled the popular event this year and plans on coming back to Penticton in 2014.

The Rotary Okanagan International Children's Festival has cancelled the popular event this year and plans on coming back to Penticton in 2014.

New leader at the helm of kids’ congregation

Okanagan International Children's Festival hires Vicky Jones to help it regroup in time for 2014 event

The Okanagan International Children’s Festival has a new leader at the helm to help it regroup for 2014.

Taking over as executive director will be Vicky Jones, who has worked previously on the Whistler Children’s Art Festival, the Upper Similkameen Spirit Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

“I am excited to join the festival at this time. Our goal is to ensure that the 2014 festival will return well-positioned to face future challenges and opportunities and remain a vibrant part of the community’s life for many years to come,” Jones said in a press release issued Thursday.

“I look forward to meeting and working with everyone in taking the festival into the future.”

Jones will replace Conrad Burek, who resigned in November. The board didn’t have enough time to hire a replacement and properly plan the  the three-day festival scheduled for May, so it elected instead to cancel this year’s event.

In its release, the festival board thanked the community for its continued support and patience.