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2011 Award Winners

Photo of 2011 Nominees

  • Performing & Media Arts - Paul Morralee 
  • Visual Arts - Christian Chapman
  • Heritage - Dr. Michel Beaulieu
  • Organization (non-profit) - Thunder Bay Art Gallery
  • Emerging Youth Artist (2 awards) - Jason Miller and Jenna Townson
  • Cultural Educator - Westgate C&VI Arts & Culture Specialists
  • Cultural Supporter - Bruce Stonehouse
  • Cultural Business - The Walleye
  • Small Business - The Picture Store & Framing Centre

cultural educator category

Westgate CVI Arts & Culture Educators - Specialist High Skills Major Program
This group of talented and committed educators delivers an enriched bundle of credits, reach-ahead experiences, industry-recognized certifications and more in the field of arts and culture. At Westgate they offer a specialized program to enable students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in the context of engaging, career-related learning environments. The group includes Marian Stevenson, Barbara Boucher, Dino Pepe, Jennifer Godin, Kimberly Buonocore, Tina Vieira, Tara Green, Wendy Juan, Janet Marostica, Mary Ann Tuomi and Jamie Philp.


visual arts

Christian Chapman - Christian is an accomplished young artist and role model for youth as well as mature, established professionals in the arts community. Christian is well known for his effective mixed-media work and advocacy of the arts. In 2009, Christian was commissioned by the Chiefs of Ontario to paint a portrait of Elijah Harper, which was presented to Chief Harper and exhibited at the 6th Annual Youth Symposium in Kenora, Ontario. 


cultural organization category

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery – Since its beginning 35 years ago, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has provided the citizens of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario with a rich variety of art and cultural exhibitions and a wide scope of programs and initiatives. The Art Gallery strives to demonstrate creative originality in the art that it collects, the artists it promotes and the exhibitions it presents. 


heritage category

Dr. Michel Beaulieu (Cultural Heritage) – Dr. Beaulieu is Director of the Centre for Northern Studies and Associate Professor of History at Lakehead University. For the past decade, he has taught courses on Northern Ontario history, the history of Canada’s North, Canadian politics and labour and the North American fur trade. He has served on a number of community organizations such as the Thunder Bay Museum and the Northwestern Ontario Archivists Association. He has published two books and has more forthcoming in 2012.


emerging youth artist category

Jason Miller – This 14-year-old artist and accomplished drummer is beyond his years in both visual and performing arts. Jason’s teachers have been impressed with his vision for creating mature, high quality art, some of which has been chosen out of thousands of entries in the Robert Bateman “Get-to-Know” Calendar for the third year in a row! Jason has already built up an extensive portfolio of art, as well as professionally recorded CDs including songs that he played on and co-wrote. Quite an accomplishment at only 14 years of age!

Jenna Townson – While Jenna Townson is able to perform on many instruments (piano, tin whistle, clarinet, violin, voice) she has built her musical reputation on the harp. Jenna is a voracious music learner and has attended many higher level music sessions for the harp and Celtic music in general, including time spent at the Goderich Celtic Institute. She is a member of the Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, Hammarskjold High School Band and her own performing group “the Fiddleheads”. A grade 12 student, she has already built a long list of accomplishments as a community volunteer and plans to pursue a career in music.


small business category

The Picture Store & Framing Centre - The Picture Store was established 18 years ago by owner Lucio Coppola in response to the need for a framing and framed art shop in Thunder Bay at an affordable cost. The Picture Store & Framing Centre has grown in recent years to offer artists a venue to display their work, and to support programming for incarcerated youth by offering discounted framing for work that the youth have created. The Picture Store now hosts exhibitions for a number of community groups and has extended its operations at the new creative centre called Local Colour Gallery on Cumberland Street.


cultural business category

The Walleye Magazine - The Walleye is a business with a small but dedicated team of individuals that works hard to showcase artists, events and unique aspects of life in Thunder Bay. With honest writing and full-colour photos, the team at the Walleye Magazine covers arts and culture with a passionate voice that exemplifies our collective enthusiasm for life in Thunder Bay. The Walleye seeks to share the talents of artists living in our midst and cultural stories, whether from our past, present or future.


cultural supporter category

Bruce Stonehouse - Bruce has played a significant role in the development of several cultural organizations and programs in Thunder Bay for the past 13 years. He has served as a volunteer on many organizations and committees including the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay Cultural Services Advisory Committee, Public Art Committee, Inspire Thunder Bay Cultural Plan Steering Committee and Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee, to name a few. These various committees have made significant contributions to Thunder Bay’s cultural development during his tenure. He inspired his fellow committee members with the depth of his knowledge of the arts, and approached his work with both passion and professionalism.


performing & media art category

Paul Morralee – With over 25 years of film experience, filmmaker Paul Morralee's MorVision Films is based in Ottawa and Thunder Bay. His work includes commercial, industrial and charitable productions focusing on promotion, advertising, instruction and documentary. His filmography includes such recent projects as ‘100 Days of City Hall’ and ‘Where on Earth is My Bike?' Paul exemplifies community spirit, volunteerism and involvement in our community and has had leadership roles in over 20 community-based organizations in the last 20 plus years.