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2008 Arts & Heritage Award Winners

2008 Chronicle Journal Awards

  • Visual Art - Linda Dell
  • Heritage - Alan Wade
  • Organization - Ka:nen Our Children Our Future
  • Emerging Youth Artist - Gregory Lewis


Linda DellVisual Art - Linda Dell is a true believer in the value of arts and culture in the community. Linda has not only mentored young artists while attending Lakehead University, but continues to do so through her work with incarcerated youth and sharing her love of painting through teaching various classes and workshops. Linda has also donated many of her works to Magnus Theatre, the Cancer Society, AIDS Thunder Bay and many more. Linda now owns and operates her Fine Art Studio in Thunder Bay. 

Kim EricksonPerformance & Media Art - Kim Erickson has been a singer, songwriter, pianist, director, choreographer and teacher for more than 25 years. She has brought singing to a broad range of people and has introduced them to a variety of musical genres. Kim lives the belief that a vibrant art community is an essential element in the quality of life in the community and she supports many worthy causes with her artistic talents.


Alan WadeHeritage - Alan Wade has been writing for more than 30 years and over the last decade has been focusing on the local history in Thunder Bay. Alan’s love of writing is clearly seen through his passion of preserving and promoting Thunder Bay’s rich history. Alan’s work is more than just names and dates, he tells stories from First Nations; to the early Europeans; to 20th century business and criminals.


Ka:nen Our Children Our FutureOrganization - Ka:nen Our Children Our Future has been at the heart of Aboriginal cultural development in Thunder Bay since its conception in 1995. It is committed to the development of healthy children by strengthening families and communities based on a cultural perspective. Ka:nen Our Children Our Future promotes a vision of a holistic, integrated community-owned approach resulting in a positive change in these families and strives to ensure that services are universally accessible and locally-relevant.

Gregory LewisEmerging Youth Artist - Gregory Lewis is a tremendous young musician with a great love of the arts. Gregory never turns down an opportunity to perform and has put his talent to commendable efforts such as: benefits, charitable fundraisers and for promoting the well-being of the sick and elderly in Thunder Bay. Gregory is now pursuing a career in music performance.