Joyce Brennan Award

Annual Joyce Brennan Award for outstanding contributions to local arts and culture sector.

This years Award will be on November 2nd 2019 at the Legion.

Please start thinking about who you would like to nominate!

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Joyce Brennan Award 2018

Peter Au





If you don't already recognize the name Peter Au, you must be pretty new to the area for Peter is a real force in this town both from the supporting of arts of multiple forms and showcasing many of the town's cultural aspects. He was instrumental in the formation of REAL in 1989 which is also responsible for maintaining the presence of Evergreen Avenue which honours residents who have made substantial community contributions. Other organizations Peter volunteers his time to are, chair of the Rideau Roundtable and Trinity United Church where he is a member of the choir as well as 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 and activities include heritage tourism, public awareness, cultural and natural landscape conservation, and stewardship, new options for Waterway governance, outdoor education, recreation and adventure. 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 and annual cultural event that celebrates the Rideau with live music, canoe tours of the Rideau, educational displays, food and door prizes. Peter 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.

Joyce Brennan Award 2017

Emily Duberville

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 is teaching at our local Nursery Rhyme daycare, where she uses “free
exploration” of multimedia. She proudly explains this method saying, “They explore the materials and do
what they want to do.” Each child is 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
early experiences.
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.
So, it seems, a natural fit for Emily to volunteer her talents at the local Station Theatre and we know the
Smiths Falls Community Theatre is lucky to have her as she applies her considerable skills in so many
areas; directing, costuming, scenery, set dressing, makeup in short, whatever is needed to help with a
production. Her real love is working with young people so she directs the theatre’s annual Christmas
pageant with great success as the show pretty much sells out every year.
As if this wasn’t enough, Emily is also a playwright. FORT HEMLOCK, an adaptation to a Smiths Falls
legend using a child friendly point of view, is her first produced play and a very successful one at that!
The Smiths Falls Community Theatre showcased it at the Station Theatre this summer!! It filled the
seats, received high praise and was enjoyed by all ages, here’s a sample of what audiences said:
Hats off to everyone for a fabulous premiere!
That was the buzz around The Station Theatre Friday night at the end of the first-ever
performance of Fort Hemlock. “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
really fun.”
It is time for our town through this prestigious award, to recognize the theatrical and visual arts and
so it is very fitting to have the recipient be Emily Duberville.
Congratulations Emily and we will be anxiously waiting for your next play! Oh, and we are of course
looking forward to this year’s Panto – Aladdin, we know with you at the helm it can’t help but be
another fantastic treat for all.

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