Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6:30 pm

PRE-SHOW: 5:45pm – 6:30pm Meet & Greet in the lobby
PRESENTATION: 6:30pm – 8:00pm Presentation 
POST-SHOW: 8:00pm – 8:45pm Reception in the lobby

Port Theatre

Tickets: Free (but must be reserved)

The City of Nanaimo and the Port Theatre Society proudly present the 2018 Culture & Heritage Awards Ceremony.


Please join us to celebrate the best of Nanaimo’s Culture and Heritage sector while enjoying an evening of FREE entertainment by Nanaimo’s very own local talent.  Master of Ceremonies – Ms. Kait Burgan


Excellence in Culture Award - Mr. Rick Scott is being recognized for his unwavering commitment to arts and culture. This multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, musician, and actor has performed on the international stage for over 50 years and help influence and build the cultural fabric of Nanaimo.


Honour in Culture Award - Mr. William Good is being recognized for his dedication to the development of Nanaimo’s cultural sector. He has studied and been integral to the revitalization of the Traditional Coast Salish art style in this region. With his years of research, he has had an immense impact in the restoration, preservation, and documentation of the Coast Salish art style and culture and is an expert in his field. Mr. Good is dedicated to sharing his knowledge with his community and other emerging and established artists.


Honour in Heritage Award - Ms. Jan Peterson is being recognized for her dedication and award-winning work to expand our knowledge of our community and the people who settled here through her writing. Over the past 25 years, Ms. Peterson has researched and published a series of books on aspects of central Vancouver Island and Nanaimo’s history. Ms. Peterson is a respected member of the Nanaimo historical/heritage community in and around the Nanaimo region.


Lifetime Achievement Award - Nanaimo-born poet Audrey Alexandra Brown is being recognized for her major contributions to the literary arts.  Ms. Brown was born in Nanaimo in 1904.  She attended St. Ann's Academy and lived in Nanaimo until a lifelong crippling disease necessitated a move to live with her sister in Victoria where she passed away in 1998.  Brown's poems appeared frequently in Canadian newspapers and she published several well-received books.  Nanaimo was the subject of many of her verses.  In 1994, she was the first woman recipient of the Royal Society of Canada Lorne Pierce Medal for conspicuous merit in “imaginative and critical literature.”  In 1968, she was installed as an officer in the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian literature. 


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