Summerside Heritage and Culture Awards

Annual recipients announced

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The City of Summerside has announced the recipients of its Heritage and Culture Awards, given out annually by the city in recognition of those who engage in heritage and culture activities that help build the social fabric of the community. A committee of community members selected the recipients who will receive their awards at the Mayor’s Heritage Tea on March 15. 

The Cultural Award of Honour recipient is artist Lise Genova for her years of contribution to the arts and cultural life of Summerside, Kensington, and the Evangeline area. Her talents have garnered recognition across North America and Europe. Many of her endeavours have been about growing public awareness about the transformative power of the arts.

The Publication of the Year Award recipient is 10-year-old Dominic Gallant for the writing, illustrating, and publishing of his comic book, Unicorn. The comic was a project for the Young Millionaires program and is being embraced by comic readers. 

The Volunteer of the Year Award goes to Bayna Arsenault for her passion for volunteerism and for arts and culture within the city and in her volunteer role at Harbourfront Theatre. 

There are number of Cultural Activities Awards recipients, including Jarrid Palmer for creating and performing a show on Maliseet history with a focus on the Maliseet veterans that fought for Canada. He wrote the songs and the script for the show, which he performed along with his brother. 

Other Cultural Activities Awards recipients include: Richard Wood and Faye Williams for the creation and production of Fiddle Fandemonium, a show that spotlights the fiddle genres represented on PEI; The Kensington Artist Co-op for its 2023 Eptek exhibit, After the Storm, Embrace the Change, which explored the impacts of Hurricane Fiona; The Lady Slipper Rug Hooking Guild for its exhibit, Van Gogh in Wool, which attracted viewers from across Canada and the US; Parkview Seniors’ Club for its presentation of diverse cultural activities to its membership of 180 seniors; The Summerside Intermediate Community School organizing committee for providing opportunities for adult learners; The Rotary Club of Summerside for its annual book sale, which supports local literacy initiatives with its proceeds; Eddy Schwartz for his exhibit Yesterday, Today ll, his second exhibit in which he preserves Summerside architectural history through paintings; and Three Oaks Senior High School and art teacher Shannon Dunphy for providing their students an arts curriculum. 

A Heritage and Culture Award is also being presented to the Aboriginal theatre group Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors. Made up of Mi’kmaq youth, they bring Mi’kmaq heritage and culture alive through storytelling, music, dance and visual arts.