The Church-Wellesley Village BIA has appointed Mychol Scully as its new general manager after the acrimonious departure of its previous general manager, David Wootton.

Scully, who lives a short walk from the neighbourhood, comes to the BIA with 25 years of experience running his own project management, event planning and media relations business. He is also an active volunteer with LGBT community organizations, including the Inspire Awards and the Imperial Court of Toronto.

“I am a big proponent of the living, breathing Village,” Scully says. “I very rarely read any of the Debbie Downer media that continues to talk about the death of the Village. I don’t believe the Village is dying. It’s certainly changing, and I think the BIA needs to be able to respond to that in an intelligent way.”

With WorldPride launching in just over two months, Scully will have his hands full getting the neighbourhood ready for its international debut.

“A lot of work is in progress, so I’m not starting from scratch. I’m just working through the process to make sure the BIA’s component of the festivities is taken care of. It’s exciting,” Scully says.

BIA co-chair Liz Devine says that the organization was looking for a manager who can carry out the BIA’s ambitious plan for better communications and big events.

“We believe Mychol’s combined technical and creative skill sets will be of immense value as we move forward with planning and program execution to maximize our members’ business opportunities from WorldPride 2014 and the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in 2015,” Devine says in a press release.

The BIA’s previous general manager, David Wootton, says he was dismissed after he criticized the board’s direction, in particular its focus on big events like the Pan Am Games.

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