Yellowknife’s Folk on the Rocks Society has announced two departures to its Board of Directors.

President Ryan Fequet and Director Andrew Livingstone have both left their positions, effective last Monday. Vice President Ashley Makohoniuk will take over as interim President until the Society’s Annual General Meeting later this year.

In a statement, Fequet shared his passion for the music festival and the Society attached, saying he learned to dedicate his time to something larger than himself.

Serving a Society loved so much by the community has been a privilege. I have been fortunate to work with, and learn from, an amazing team of directors, staff, and volunteers over the years who have taught me about dedication to something larger than yourself. I am a better person because of the opportunity I was given to serve FOTR, and I am grateful to have left a small mark on its legacy.

Fequet says he will use his newly-found free time to focus on his family, work and other volunteer commitments.

Livingstone shared Fequet’s praise for FOTR, saying he will miss being part of such a large event.

I am confident that the Folk On The Rocks Society will continue to deliver on its vision and mission as an organization. The board has a lot of talent and experience and will continue to ensure stability of the organization in all areas. I wish the Society and everyone involved all the best. I will truly miss being a part of the greatest festival in Canada.

Livingstone is leaving the organization due to a new job opportunity in Edmonton, Alberta.

With Makohoniuk taking over duties as President, the board has appointed Christina Monroe to serve as interim Vice President.