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Arts and Culture Awards announced at sixth annual Mayor's Breakfast for the Arts

Sep 24, 2015 | Arts and Culture News | General

The arts were celebrated today at the Town of Orangeville’s sixth Mayor’s Breakfast for the Arts, with the announcement of the 2015 Arts and Culture Award winners. The event also served as the kick-off to Culture Days in the community.

Master of Ceremonies David Nairn told the audience at the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre that arts and culture plays an important role, from its economic value to its creation of a healthy and vibrant community.

Several nominations were received for the seven award categories, with judging completed by an experienced independent panel from outside Dufferin County.

The recipients of the 2015 awards are:

  • Established Artist of the Year: Roslyn Levin
  • Young Student Artist of the Year: Colin Simmons
  • Arts Educator of the Year Award: Pamela Scott-Demetriou
  • Community Arts Volunteer Advocate Award: Gord McWilliams
  • Community Impact by an Organization Award: Theatre Orangeville, accepted by Marilyn Logan, David Nairn, and Roger Simmons
  • Community Impact by a Business Award: Lab Partners, accepted by Heidi von der Gathen
  • Creative Cultural Event Award: Headwaters Tourism’s Parade of Horses, accepted by Vicki Sword

Deputy Mayor Warren Maycock congratulated all of the nominees, stating they have enhanced arts and culture in the community. Entertainment for the event was provided by Graham Maycock of Orangeville (recipient of the 2014 Student Artist of the Year Award) and Linnea MacCallum of Flesherton.

The importance of arts and culture to the community was recognized and celebrated at the sixth annual Mayor’s Breakfast for the Arts in Orangeville Thursday. Award recipients for 2015 are (front row) Heidi von der Gathen representing Lab Partners (Community Impact by a Business Award), Gord McWilliams (Community Arts Volunteer Advocate Award), Roslyn Levin (Established Artist of the Year Award), David Nairn representing Theatre Orangeville (Community Impact by an Organization Award), Vicki Sword representing Parade of Horses (Creative Cultural Event Award), and (back row) Roger Simmons representing Theatre Orangeville (Community Impact by an Organization Award) and his son Colin Simmons (Young Student Artist of the Year), Pamela Scott-Demetriou (Arts Educator of the Year Award), and Marilyn Logan representing Theatre Orangeville Orangeville (Community Impact by an Organization Award).