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2005 Arts & Heritage Award Winners

  • Arts - Lila Cano
  • Organization - Definitely Superior Art Gallery
  • Heritage - James R. Stevens
  • Emerging Youth Artist - Lee Gabrielle Gastmeier

Lila CanoArts
Lila Cano -
 Nominated for performing Arts for being an accomplished actress, director, facilitator, teacher, and visual artist.  With boundless energy and talent, Lila is called upon by many businesses, organizations and conference organizers.  Her latest venture, as Coordinator of the Community Arts & Heritage Education Project utilizes her exceptional talent in the creation of innovative opportunities for children to work with artists and have rich artistic experiences.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery - Definitely Superior Art Gallery addressed Northwestern Ontario’s need for an Artist-Run-Centre and today is the only one between Winnipeg and North Bay.  An invaluable cultural resource, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery is working to build a healthy arts scene in our city, attracting new and young artists and audiences to the arts.

James R StevensHeritage
James R. Stevens
- He is one of the most significant authors to emerge from this area whose works deal specifically with this region. Jim collaborated with Aboriginal peoples to write and produce a series of books that would assist young people to understand their culture and economic contribution to Canada.  Stevens has also written about Northwestern Ontario art, flyers, sailors and ships of the Great Lakes.  His personal motivation is to produce material that has enduring value for readers.

Lee Gabrielle GastmeierEmerging Youth Artist
Lee Gabrielle Gastmeier
- Lee expresses herself creatively through her art, photography and writing a column for the University newspaper. At 19 years of age, she is amassing a portfolio in pursuit of a professional career as an artist. As a volunteer in the After School program at St. James School, Lee inspires the children to find joy as she does, in creative self expression.