Joyce Brennan Award
Annual Joyce Brennan Award for outstanding contributions to the local arts and culture sector.
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Award for 2018
If you don't already recognize the name Peter Au, you are missing out. Peter is a real force in this town. Both supporting of arts in multiple forms and showcasing many of the town's cultural aspects.
He was instrumental in the formation of REAL in 1989. REAL is responsible for maintaining the presence of Evergreen Avenue which honors residents who have made substantial community contributions. Other organizations Peter volunteers his time to are, the Rideau Roundtable and Trinity United Church, where he is also a member of the choir and other groups within the church structure.
The Rideau Roundtable is an incorporated, not-for-profit, association of individuals, community organizations and government agencies that focuses on the environment, the history and the cultural significance of the Rideau River, the Rideau Canal Waterway, the Cataraqui River and their respective watersheds. The focus of their programs include heritage tourism, cultural and natural landscape conservation, new options for Waterway governance, outdoor education, recreation and much more.
As if that wasn't enough Peter is also a member of the Chinese Community Association and the Local Immigration Partnership and "lastly" he is co-chair of Paddlefest, an annual cultural event celebrating the Rideau, with live music, activities, food and door prizes.
Peter's tireless promotion of the town and involvement in multiple organizations that showcase local arts & culture, including providing opportunities for youth involvement make him the perfect choice for this year's Joyce Brennan Award.
Award for 2017
Emily Duberville is the mother of two who has lived in Smiths Falls with her family for the last 28 years. Her “day job” for 20 years was teaching at our local Nursery Rhyme daycare, where she used “free exploration” of multimedia.
She proudly explained this method saying,
“They explore the materials and do what they want to do.”
Each child was encouraged to create their own personal style and as a result many of her former students have won awards for their art work in later years and attribute this, in part, to those
Emily, an artist in her own right, was one of the original members of the Smiths Falls and District Arts Council serving on the executive for several years as its secretary.
It seemed to be a natural fit for Emily to volunteer her talents at the local Station Theatre and we know the Smiths Falls Community Theatre was lucky to have her as she applied her considerable skills in so many areas; directing, costuming, scenery, set dressing, makeup.
In short, whatever was needed to help with a production.
Her real love is working with young people. This lead to her directing the theater's annual Christmas pageant with great success. The show nearly sells out every year.
As if this wasn’t enough, Emily is also a playwright. FORT HEMLOCK is an adaptation to a Smiths Falls legend using a child friendly point of view and is her first produced play which was very big success.
The Smiths Falls Community Theatre showcased it at the Station Theatre the summer of 2017. It filled the seats, received high praise and was enjoyed by all ages.
Here is a sample of what audiences members said:
"Hats off to everyone for a fabulous premiere!"
“The sets were wonderful – transforming a street scene to a
hotel was amazing to watch,” said Nancy Grundy from North Gower, “And the kids were
It is time for our town through this prestigious award, to recognize the theatrical and visual arts. It is very fitting to have the recipient for 2017 be Emily Duberville.