2017 CANADA 150 ARTS ALIVE AWARDS
The Halton Hills Cultural Roundtable recently hosted the prestigious Canada 150 Arts Alive Awards event. A full house was on hand to support all of the nominees. These Awards are presented every 3 years and recognize the extraordinary contribution that local residents have made to the cultural vibrancy of Halton Hills. There were 27 nominations for the 10 award categories. Recipients included:
Excellence in Visual Performing and/or Literary Arts – Ron Greidanus for his leadership with the Georgetown Bach Chorale and his extraordinary talent as a virtuoso concert pianist.
Excellence in Cultural Development – Al Robitaille for developing the Georgetown Musictown website which has expanded audiences and profits for local venues and performers.
Arts Alive/Heritage Halton Hills Award for Heritage – Willow Park Ecology Centre for its extensive community engagement to enhance understanding of local natural heritage and First Nation’s history.
Youth Leadership Award – Kaileigh Halverson for contributing over 3000 volunteer hours to local community organizations.
Ralph Ursel Award for Volunteerism – Kevin Hazard for his contributions to many events including Acton’s Leathertown Festival, Acton Skate Park opening, the Talent Bash and May Madness.
Kenneth R. Harrison Award for Youth Mentorship – Alex Hilson for co-founding Inspire Halton, a non-profit organization that facilitates youth leadership development and youth community engagement.
Patron of the Arts, Culture and /or Heritage – Don Ablett and Carol-Ann Michaelson for their strategic and operational leadership to many local cultural organizations including the Cultural Roundtable, the Red Door Gallery, The Williams Mill and Georgetown Musictown.
Award for Local Business Partner – Artisans Attic for their 20 years of providing an important downtown venue for local artists and artisans to display and sell their art.
New Arts Culture and/or Heritage Event, Group or Program – Head for the Hills Craft Beer Festival for their enormous success in showcasing craft beer, local food and music with the benefit flowing to local non-profit organizations.
Established Arts, Culture and/or Heritage Event, Group, or Program – Acton and Glen Williams Canada Day Event Teams for annually staging two marquee events celebrating love of country with parades, duck races, music, barbecues etc. with a small army of volunteers.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Sandy Mackenzie for his decades of volunteerism particularly the Downtown Georgetown BIA where he was instrumental in the successful installation of four mural projects, the Paul Thompson Memorial Garden and the newly acquired tree sculpture. Sandy has been an active business man and volunteer for over 65 years.
The keynote speaker for the Awards Evening was Kim Wheatley an Anishinaabe band member of the Shawanaga First Nation. Kim’s engaging presentation provided the audience with a new perspective on the Aboriginal experience and what our community can do during the Canada 150 year to embrace this part of our heritage.
For further information please contact Beatrice at 416-575-1232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.