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                                          OF THE CENTRAL OKANAGAN

2008 OKANAGAN ARTS AWARDS NOMINEES

MUSIC

Victor Ukrainetz, Kelowna

Victor is a multi-faceted musician who performs on the fiddle, violin, mandolin, piano, tenor banjo,
guitar and accordion; and performs with different bands including the Old Time Fiddlers, The
Dance Band, and A Day Late and A Dollar Short. Honing his craft five nights a week, Victor has
taught fiddle at music camps in Gavin Lake, Castlegar, Greenwood and Saskatchewan over the
past 30 years. He is a qualified judge at provincial and national fiddle competitions. Recent
awards include the 2005 Bluegrass Association Band of the Year, and 2006 OMA Bluegrass
Band of the Year.

He has provided countless hours entertaining seniors at David Lloyd Jones, Sutherland Hills,
Stillwaters and Sun Pointe Assisted Living complex.

“Vic is an unsung hero in the field of philanthropy, donating countless hours over the past 30
years to playing for service clubs and fundraising organizations … he gives unselfishly of his time
and energy of music to support his fellow musicians and community” - Bob Bissillion


Susan Aylard, Sorrento

Susan began violin studies at the age of three. She has spent four years with the Kamloops
Symphony Orchestra, three as Concertmaster, which involves sectional coaching. In1999 she
successfully auditioned for a position as a core member of the Okanagan Symphony, and has
trained as a Suzuki music teacher, offering music lessons to violinists while adjudicating at the
Kelowna Music School's music festival.

She formed a band, 'The Cats & The Fiddle' – a combination of folk and fiddle that resulted in a
CD called 'Crazy Creek'.

“I can say with utter certainty that there is musical virtuosity and professionalism of the highest
order within the local group of all female artists who call themselves Cats and The Fiddle. At the
core of this group is the leader Susan Aylard. She is a startlingly adept musician; a first chair
violinist for the Okanagan Symphony” – Curtis Tulman


Ryan Donn, Kelowna

Voted "Male Performer of the Year" in 2OO4 by The Okanagan Music Awards. Ryan was
responsible for creating, hosting and promoting the popular 'Songwriters in the Round' in
Kelowna, providing a monthly opportunity for local songwriters to meet at local venues, be heard
and garner support through networking. He also helped to co-write the Centennial song for the
City of Kelowna.

“Ryan’s creativity and song writing abilities shone through as he worked with students in our
school. He has gone on to a long list of successes as a performer and songwriter. While this, in
itself, is commendable it is Ryan's generosity in his gifts of time to students that sets him apart in
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his artistic endeavours. He has mentored countless students in our school system and continues
to share his exceptional talents in song writing lessons he has given in schools In the Central
Okanagan” - John McMahon, Principal, Helen Gorman Elementary School


Rosyln Franz, Kelowna

A piano soloist, concert artist, vocal coach and accompanist earning accolades in music since
she was twelve, Roslyn has earned a B.A. & degree from Mills College in Oakland California
where she studied with Egan Petri, Alexander Liberman and Darius Milhaud. She was awarded
the coveted prize of distinguished achievement as an accompanist by the Franz Schubert
Institute in Baden, near Vienna, Austria.

Roslyn has served as a coach and accompanist for many organizations including the Music
Academy of the West, New York City Opera, Western Michigan Opera, Tucson Opera, San
Francisco Opera and as a 'keyboard' pianist for the Little Symphony of San Francisco, Monterey
County Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, San Francisco Symphony,
and Okanagan Symphony

As co-founder of Viva Musica, Roslyn provides opportunities for students to get hands-on
experience in the operations of a large theatre production as well as summer employment in the
arts. Her tireless efforts have resulted in outstanding, professional quality productions of opera
and musical theatre that might not otherwise be in this city. Ms. Frantz has been a strong
proponent of the arts Kelowna in the past 20 years. Roslyn Franz Music Studios offers a source
for learning and performance coaching for piano soloists, concert artists, vocal coach and
accompanists, as well: she offers master classes in Classical harp.


Jane Eamon, Kelowna

Jane has received awards for songwriting, three critically acclaimed CD's, awards for
performance, and was the lead writer of the official Centennial song for Kelowna. She is founder
of Songwriters in the Round, is a producer of DUETS show for Life and Arts Festival, and writes a
monthly column for BC Musician Magazine.

“Jane’s songs are meaningful and written with a combination of gifted use of word and phrase
along with a passion, feeling and soul going into each project. She has given of herself as a
mentor and teacher to others who wish to develop their own song writing skills. She writes many
articles providing guidance and inspiration to others and attends countless workshops and forums
constantly contributing and at the same time improving here own skills. She shares her
knowledge freely and in spite of the many obstacles in the music world, she is doggedly
persistent and continues to strive for improvement and success” – Bob Bissillion


Alexandra Babbel, Kelowna

Alexandra dedicates her energies to enabling others to learn and perform. We benefit from the
collaborations she initiates as she brings together vocalists, pianists, composers and various
community resources in her concert productions. Her ensembles have also enhanced many local
theatre productions.

She has been teaching in Kelowna for sixteen years, and has approximately thirty-seven students
and directs three vocal ensembles. Alexandra also coaches professional artists from all over the
continent, and provides vocal therapy right here in Kelowna for several internationally renowned
clients. She is vocal consultant to several American and Canadian recording studios and has
recently worked with artists at Tooth and Nail Records and Anberlin, a well-known group that has
recently signed with Universal Records. She also coached the young vocalist Greg Sczebel who
received a Juno Award.
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“Not only is Alexandra's singing ability of an international calibre, but she is proving to be a very
popular and successful teacher. Her Candesca Singers are of such a high standard that they
have been invited to represent Kelowna in the Netherlands this year.” – Arnold Draper


The Cruzeros, Kelowna

Country/roots band, based in Kelowna produced three nationally acclaimed and award-winning
albums. Twenty nationally charted radio singles. Seven CMT videos.

BCCMA "Group Of The Year" since 2002 - CCMA "Special Instrumentalist Of The Year" since
2005 - Canadian "Indie" Award for "Best Country Album" 2002 - JUNO nomination "Country
Group Of The Year"

Members of the group volunteer donating their time and talents to entertain school children,
working at the Gospel Mission, ministering to the homeless, supporting the local branch of the
Royal Canadian Legion and performing for members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

“The Cruzeros, have been proud and professional representatives of Kelowna and the Okanagan
for more than two decades while capturing the ears, eyes, and hearts of millions of music fans
around the world. They are currently the B.C. Country Band of the Year and Tulman is the CCMA
winner of Canada's Special Instrumentalist for the third year in a row. The Cruzeros are well
known throughout the industry for their caring and humanitarian approach and are constantly
performing for fundraisers and special events, especially in Kelowna and the Okanagan area.” –
Charlie Hodge


Chris Madsen, Vernon

Chris is a performing, recording artist, studio musician and songwriter. Produced 8 full length
albums of original music composition, and are recipient of the Performance Award of Canada as
the most advanced Guitarists. He has also received the “Distinguished Teacher Award” for
contribution to Canadian music education - Seagull in Flight Okanagan Music award for 2007

Wrote and/or co-wrote over 15 guitar related music books, 8 of which were for Yamaha Music
Corporation and were highly successful and still used today. Chris is founder of the Madsen
Music School in 1992 in Vernon, and of Music Educator Institute, which approved by the Ministry
of Education across Canada as a viable solution to distance education. He has taught thousands
of aspiring music students. At any given time hundreds of guitar students are getting their Fine Art
High School education credits. - 2oo7 Scorpion award for BEST INSTRUMNETAL

“Chris J. Madsen has become a humble powerhouse in the world and community. He is a person
of unrivaled character and achievement. Effort, creation, production, performance, and
completion, Chris J. Madsen is a LEGEND and an ACHIEVER of MERIT” – Jessie Brown

Denis Letourneau, Armstrong

Denis has been a pioneer and leader in the Okanagan Arts community since 1975. His
contributions include: Concertmaster of the Okanagan Symphony; classical and jazz violinist;
orchestra contractor; dedicated instructor and founding teacher at the Vernon and Kelowna
Community Music Schools; and youth orchestra conductor.

He has founded and performed over the past three decades with: Heartstrings string quartet,
Romanza del Arco string duo, the Letourneau-Goldberg duo, and the Green Dragon jazz quartet.

“Denis has donated his talents to perform for countless fund-raising events, and as an educator,
he is dedicated to inspiring young people in the arts. He has taught hundreds of
budding violinists, some of who have gone on into careers in music and music education
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including former Vernonite Keiko Araki, a recently tenured violinist with the Portland Symphony.
Denis is a leader. He plays and teaches up and down the Okanagan Valley, in the Kamloops area
and in Lilloet, many hours of travel are added to an already taxing schedule; 45,000 kilometres
per year. Denis exemplifies the best of a true artist. He is an instrumental performing artist and
teacher. All this while he maintains the life of a family man”. - Catherine Dawson


Carol McGibney, Naramata

Carol was a soloist with the Ulster Girls Choir in Ireland. After moving to Canada, she was
member of the Okanagan Symphony Choir.
Carol founded the Naramata Community Choir in 1962, and has directed it for the past 45 years.
She was named in the book of "100 of the Best Known Women in the Okanagan".

“The Naramata Community Choir has a long and rich history of community, regional, and
international involvement. For more than four decades the choir has provided musical
programming for public enjoyment. Mrs. McGibnev not only has a beautiful soprano voice, but is
also an excellent actress. She has been featured as a soloist many times with the Okanagan
Symphony Orchestra and has starred in many local plays and musicals. Her outstanding talent,
and the way she is able to get the best from her singers is the reason her choir is rated as one of
the premier choirs of British Columbia” - Stories of Okanagan Histories, 70th report of the
Okanagan Historical Society.


THEATRE

Carla Krens, Sicamous

During the past five years Carla has been a driving force in presenting, enabling and raising
awareness of the arts in Sicamous. She realized that ordinary people should and could be
involved in live theatre. She facilitated a meeting that led to the formation of the Sicamous
Amateur Drama Club (SADC). From the very beginning there were up to 35 aspiring thespians in
the club ranging in age from 4 to 80. Carla took it upon herself to write plays that could be
performed on the local stage using the talents of amateur actors of SADC. To date five plays
have been written for local production and Carla has also directed four of them.

As Treasurer and a Director in the Eagle Valley Arts Council, Carla is pivotal in ensuring that the
Sicamous "Red Barn Arts Centre" is improved and maintained for a host of arts related activities
and productions.

“Carla's commitment to ensuring that all of the community has access to being involved in the
arts, and her commitment to involving everyone in the theatre arts, has brought the community
together in a way that has helped to bridge the gap and helped many local families to feel
connected and an important part of the community. She makes an effort to involve entire families
in her productions and has raised awareness of the value of the arts for their children in many
local parents. Many otherwise lonely single moms, dads, and local seniors have had their lives
changed forever by her encouragement to "get involved". Carla has extraordinary insight into
what makes a community "healthy" and is always willing to work with other sectors to see the
"bigger picture". \She is well loved and Is considered to be an extremely valuable member of this
community.” – Janet McClean Senft


Shakespeare Kelowna, Kelowna

Shakespeare Kelowna Theatre Society has earned a reputation for presenting unique and
exciting interpretations of the Bard's most popular works. They are dedicated to producing fun,
accessible and sometimes interactive productions that people of all ages can appreciate. The

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Society offers both experienced and inexperienced artists the opportunity to work with a theatre
company that promotes high production values, strong work ethics and creative freedom. The
production of Henry IV Part One in 2001 garnered numerous awards at the O-Zone and
Mainstage Theatre festivals, including best play in B.C., best director, best actor, best supporting
actor and other honours. Record-sized audiences attended the critically acclaimed production of
Much Ado About Nothing last summer. The volunteers strive to entertain and enlighten audiences
so they're enriched by the drama and comedy of Shakespeare's magnificent poetry.


“Shakespeare Kelowna has seemed to exemplify the spirit of community theatre. Volunteers put
long hours into set and costume design, musical score and special effects, directing, rehearsing
and performing. Productions are accessible to seasoned actors, as well as those looking for their
start. In the more than 10 seasons that Shakespeare Kelowna has been producing shows, the
organization has grown into a society with active board and an esteemed presence in the
community. Their belief is that performing these classic works is an important part of the Valley's
culture. I discovered this past summer, when I took part in Much Ado About Nothing, I found
backstage a mix, of doctors, law students, media personalities, musicians, college students,
cooks, house painters and retirees...proving to me that this group represents a cross section of
ages, occupations and experience” - Doug Brown


DANCE

Tanya Bakala, Kelowna

Tanya has taught ballet and flamenco in Germany, the Czech Republic, in Toronto, Mississauga,
Hamilton, Vancouver, and Kelowna. Besides coaching and teaching ballet and flamenco, she
was also ballet mistress to InMoition Dance Company in Toronto and Velocity Dance Company in
Kelowna. Tanya started the Mission Dance Centre in 2003 in a small studio on Pandosy Street
near KLO in Kelowna.

Her choreographic work have been seen at the Montreal Fringe Festival, the Music Hall in
Toronto, Vancouver Kiss Project, and Hamilton Place with the Hamilton philharmonic Orchestra,
McMaster University and at the Mayor's Gala '97 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. Tanya
was also commissioned by Canadian School of Ballet to choreograph some of the segments of
The Nutcracker in 2002.

“Tanya is a consummate artist. She excels in several areas as a dancer, choreographer, teacher,
founder and head of her own dance company and as a concert organizer. Her choreography and
dance performances cover a wide stylistic gamut, from classical ballet to modern dance and
Flamenco. Not only is she a brilliant and well-trained dancer, but also the high level of
performance demonstrated by her many students and her professional dance company speaks to
her excellent leadership and high artistic standards, which she imparts to her students. In her
choreography she expresses a deep understanding of music and movement. She is a joy to
collaborate with.” – Stu Goldberg


Cristinia Graziano, Kelowna

At the age of three Cristina was enrolled in her own dance class. She began Scottish Highland
dancing and excelled in this dance discipline. She began competing and winning top prizes. She
was also given honors through all of her dance exams. With Ballet and Highland dance, she
competed in many competitions and won numerous awards including runner up for Canadian
Dancer of the Year at the B.C. Annual Dance Competition. Her dancing has taken her throughout
North America, Scotland, and Russia, where she trained in the Russian Vaganova technique.
Cristina has also trained on scholarship at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts, Edmonton School of
Ballet, the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington, DC, and was fortunate enough to do her last

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two years of training on full scholarship at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia.

“Throughout her childhood and adolescence, Cristina dedicated herself to dancing no less than 6
days a week. Often two to three classes a night. She took critique with enthusiasm, always
ensuring to do her best to integrate her teacher's advice into her dance discipline. She became a
leader and inspiration to several of the young students in the dance community. Her
accomplishments include working with world-renowned choreographer Christopher Fleming on
ballets, which were performed in New York City at the Symphony Space Theatre, and in St.
Petersburg, Florida at the Pallodium Theatre. This past year she had the wonderful opportunity to
work as a company member in Move: The Company, directed by Josh Beamish, and is currently
a member of Ballet Kelowna for the 2007/2008 season. Cristina has become a sought after
instructor in the Ballet discipline. At a young age, and with so much accomplished already,
Cristina's potential is limitless. She has brought joy, education and entertainment to so many
individuals” – Maria Graziano


Ballet Kelowna, Kelowna

Ballet Kelowna develops and showcases professional Canadian dance talent and provides a
nurturing, creative environment for emerging Canadian choreographers. Passionately performing
a diverse repertoire of excellent dance programming for multi-generational audiences, and, by
assisting Canadian dancers and choreographers to hone their craft and expand their horizons,
while enriching the vibrant Canadian dance community. Presenting special student educational
programmes to primary through secondary school children, introducing 1600+ students annually
to this art form and demystifying ballet.

“Ballet Kelowna has become the premiere cultural ambassador for the City of Kelowna
throughout British Columbia. This excellent dance company tours to more than 25 communities
from Prince George to Trail to Vancouver. They entertain and educate audiences in excess of
13,000 people annually from all walks of life. They are a group of talented and committed ballet
dancers who dedicate each day to training and rehearsing in order to present the highest quality
dance for their audiences. In addition to these many performances, Ballet Kelowna has organized
Kelowna Dances and Penticton Dances providing opportunities for the dance schools in these
communities to showcase their students' talent for the broader community. They offer Master
Classes to aspiring dance students and a delightful program for children introducing them to
ballet. In pursuit of their vision, Ballet Kelowna is fast becoming a pre-eminent Canadian dance
company. We are fortunate to have such an incredible dance troupe in our community” – Walter
Gray


VISUAL ARTS

Janice Fingado, Kelowna

Janice has been designing jewelry for over 25 years. Her work is mainly contemporary with some
influence of the Native Southwest where she lived for 13 years. Janice is an encouragement to all
people who want to follow their passion. She helps people to realize that they can do anything
they desire, no matter what their age! She has been a mentor to aspiring artists for years, sharing
her passion and knowledge with kindness, good humour and lots of patience. Her students range
from accomplished artist, who may be exploring a new medium, to the complete neophyte, who
has never made a piece of jewelry before. With her dedicated expertise and her kind, patient,
witty delivery of the class lessons, Studio 203 is usually a place filled with laughter. She claims
jewelry-making is good for your health - improves your memory and alertness, is a fast relief from
stress, eliminates wrinkles except for laugh lines, and gives you amazing vitality. She and her
husband were instrumental in beginning the Waldorf School in Kelowna, B.C. where children are
encouraged to use all forms of art to express themselves, and to learn and grow. Teachers have
the opportunity to enhance core subjects with poetry, painting, modeling and drama. Janice's

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contribution includes helping with the arts & crafts projects and participating in the yearly
Christmas craft show to raise funds for the school.

“I believe that Janice makes at least one basic assumption when you join her classes; that you
have some hidden talent - she gently brings this out so that whatever you create, is truly yours.
Her genuine delight with the end product makes you feel as though you've achieved greatness! In
a short time, I've learned many things from Janice, including appreciation of the work of artists in
general. The lesson most important to me though, is that I can learn to do something entirely
new. Janice is a wonderful role model because she challenges herself, not only with her jewelry
but with other opportunities - how can I say, 'I'm too old to do this' when she is my senior and is
marching forward?” - Jennie Sato


Valerie Rogers, Salmon Arm

Valerie Rogers is a watercolour and acrylic painter who uses those mediums to express her
appreciation for the beauty around her. Her paintings delicately tell the stories of nature that we
often can be too rushed to see. She focuses on the peaceful moments and the little creatures in
their own quiet places. Small but significant - those are the real story of her paintings, up close
and detailed - The organic textures and the details of the Okanagan flora and fauna. She looks
for and paints the serenity of a peaceful moment, and was recently awarded BC Wildlife Artist of
the Year 2008 for her Snowy owl painting "Winter Wanderer." She is currently involved in a
marketing program "Creative Souls" to provide seasonal venues for artists to market their work.
She is also a professional children's entertainer and fantasy writer. As the supervisor of Salmon
Arm Banner painting project she coordinated the public creation of all the street banners in
Salmon Arm. As "Ruffles the Clown" she has donated her time to volunteer in the Caring Clowns
Hospital visits and to support various charities in their fundraising efforts. Her writing for a local
monthly paper features local artists and events, sharing information with the public about how and
why these artists created their work. She has also written two science fantasy young adult books
and is in the process of finding a publisher for them. Valerie is multi dimensional artist and an
active contributing member of the local arts community.

“Valerie has been a strong member of the arts community in Salmon Arm for many years. Her
excellent artwork has been featured on SAGA's program covers and posters in the past. She is
an exceptional watercolour artist, and one can see in her work the passion she has for nature's
features and creatures. Her desire to protect the environment is as strong as her interest in art.
She is always willing to be part of an education initiative or yet another fundraiser. She is a valued
member of our community”, Tracey Kutschker SAGA Public Art Gallery


Judith Jurica, Vernon

Judith invented and runs the North Okanagan Artists Alternative (NOAA - gathering together over
80 regional artists) and opened up possibilities for group shows, juried as well as solo shows. She
has constructed Gallery Vertigo in downtown Vernon as a cultural centre for the arts, and has run
professional development courses for her members; hosting many songwriters like Ken Hamm
and Sid Mutfy. She has worked closely with Okanagan College for five years, sponsoring eight
Vertigo Voices Reading Series, enabling over eight hundred people to hear some of the strongest
and strangest literary voices in the valley. Judith really has created an alternative space for
artists, and has committed herself to the collective ideal of the artist-run gallery. She has done all
this with very little public funding. Putting together the North Okanagan Artist's Alternative
(NOAA), and disseminating information for artists through her newsletter, keeping them informed
about the current artistic happenings in the North Okanagan and Vernon area.

“As a member, board member and past president of the NOAA I have watched and participated
as Judith brought the organization and Gallery Vertigo to the for front of the art scene in Vernon.
She has managed to keep the fledgling organization going without any public funding or financial
compensation. Gallery Vertigo has become an artistic hub for many artists and community
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members. A place with great art shows, literary readings and music. As a member of the Vernon
community Judith is also a wonderful artist and continues to pursue her artistic vision as well as
give a helping hand to the rest of us on the journey” – Robin McDonald


DESIGN

Janice Fingado, Kelowna

Janice has been designing jewelry for over 25 years. Her work is mainly contemporary with some
influence of the Native Southwest where she lived for 13 years. Janice is an encouragement to all
people who want to follow their passion. She helps people to realize that they can do anything
they desire, no matter what their age! She has been a mentor to aspiring artists for years, sharing
her passion and knowledge with kindness, good humour and lots of patience. Her students range
from accomplished artist, who may be exploring a new medium, to the complete neophyte, who
has never made a piece of jewelry before. With her dedicated expertise and her kind, patient,
witty delivery of the class lessons, Studio 203 is usually a place filled with laughter. She claims
jewelry-making is good for your health - improves your memory and alertness, is a fast relief from
stress, eliminates wrinkles except for laugh lines, and gives you amazing vitality. She and her
husband were instrumental in beginning the Waldorf School in Kelowna, B.C. where children are
encouraged to use all forms of art to express themselves, and to learn and grow. Teachers have
the opportunity to enhance core subjects with poetry, painting, modeling and drama. Janice's
contribution includes helping with the arts & crafts projects and participating in the yearly
Christmas craft show to raise funds for the school.

“I believe that Janice makes at least one basic assumption when you join her classes; that you
have some hidden talent - she gently brings this out so that whatever you create, is truly yours.
Her genuine delight with the end product makes you feel as though you've achieved greatness! In
a short time, I've learned many things from Janice, including appreciation of the work of artists in
general. The lesson most important to me though, is that I can learn to do something entirely
new. Janice is a wonderful role model because she challenges herself, not only with her jewelry
but with other opportunities - how can I say, 'I'm too old to do this' when she is my senior and is
marching forward?” - Jennie Sato


MEDIA


Jim Elderton, Armstrong

A documentary filmmaker and writer, Jim has been in the film and television industry since the
age of 20. He cut his film teeth in the United Kingdom at the famous Ealing Studios on the BBC's
first season of “Dr. Who”, as well as “Not Only But Also” with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

Jim also edited music videos for The Police, U2, Stray Cats, April Wine, and in Hollywood cut
“Rocky Mountain Oprey” for Capitol Records, starring Emmy Lou Harris.

After moving to Vernon he produced and filmed “The Hyderabad Solution” in India on the
restoration of 17th Century manuscripts submerged in water and sewage. After a screening in
Prague for the Czech government, his client was awarded the contract for a huge restoration
project. The film was nominated for the restoration industry's Phoenix award, and the director's
cut was screened at Vernon Towne Cinema and at the 2005 Okanagan Film Festival.

 “Jim's career in the film and television industry has spanned more than thirty yeans, and since
coming to the Okanagan in 2001, his outstanding contribution to the community includes the
documentary film "Sveva - Prisoner of Vernon," the tragic story of a local artist, "The Mask," about
local potter Bob Kingsmill, and “Whose Grandma Are You?" about the Meadows School Project,
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to name just a very few. When you watch a Jim Elderton film, you just know that you are
witnessing something special, and that big things are in the future for this talented" hardworking,
and insightful man. He creates art onscreen. He's every artist in one - he paints us a picture,
sculpts it to form, tells us a story, photographs, directs, and produces.” – Carolyn Grant

ARTS EDUCATOR

Marlene McPherson, Lake Country

Marlene operates M.G.M. Fine Arts Studios in Winfield. Her classes are offered for children,
teens and adults and are fully accredited by School District 23 for home school students. She
teaches drawing in many media including pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, watercolour, acrylic and
pastels.

Introducing students of all ages to the joys of exploring their creativity, and to seeing more clearly
the beauty in the world around them, many of her former students have been inspired by her to
pursue careers as working artists. Many of her students have shown at galleries and venues in
the Okanagan, and have work hanging in international galleries, and in exhibitions in other parts
of Canada. Marlene's Drawing for Teens and children's cartooning course has also been offered
through the Kelowna Art Gallery.

“Marlene has contributed significantly to art education in the Okanagan and is directly responsible
for artists of all ages finding the courage to pursue their own art and to value their own creativity.
She has given generously of her own time, to encourage others to pursue art. I think it could be
argued that any artist who devotes so much time to art education might do so at the expense of
his or her own art career, which makes it so very important to honour truly gifted and giving
teachers like Marlene” – Anne Wise

Okanagan College, English Department, Kelowna

As educators deeply involved in the Arts, the Okanagan College English department has had a
banner year with significant contributions as educators, program developers, and artists. The
achievement of this department has been far reaching, educating thousands of students. There
has been considerable outreach to the community in the form of readings, publications, and other
events. The department contains writers, scholars and educators who have forged national and
international reputations. The Arts community has benefited in four majors ways by the
Okanagan College English department.

The eleven-person department has taught thousands of students how to write and appreciate
literature. Many of the department members are active artists and writers such as John Lent,
Sean Johnston, Jake Kennedy, Kerry Trevelyan, and Matt Cavanaugh, who have produced
important creative and scholarly works. The department has been instrumental in organizing
readings, theatre and music events, and other activities to promote the Arts. As leading
publishers and promoters of the Arts, Craig Mcluckie and John Lent organized the publications of
Kalamalka press, and Mary Ellen led the way as the editor for the newly established literary
journal of the arts.

“Okanagan College’s English department achieved a number of successes in 200l. Faculty
members, Jake Kennedy (poetry), Francine Greenslade (memoir) and Sean Johnston (flction)
published award winning books in 2001. These and other faculty members are plugged into the
local scene and are vital contributors and critics to the arts’ continued development in the
Okanagan. For example, OC's Engllsh department is the first in B.C. to offer a diploma in writing
and publishing. The college’s English department raised the bar in 2007, leading the way with
innovative programs and people.” - Tom Wilson, Managing Editor, The Daily Courier




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Janice Fingado,

Janice has been designing jewelry for over 25 years. Her work is mainly contemporary with some
influence of the Native Southwest where she lived for 13 years. Janice is an encouragement to all
people who want to follow their passion. She helps people to realize that they can do anything
they desire, no matter what their age! She has been a mentor to aspiring artists for years, sharing
her passion and knowledge with kindness, good humour and lots of patience. Her students range
from accomplished artist, who may be exploring a new medium, to the complete neophyte, who
has never made a piece of jewelry before. With her dedicated expertise and her kind, patient,
witty delivery of the class lessons, Studio 203 is usually a place filled with laughter. She claims
jewelry-making is good for your health - improves your memory and alertness, is a fast relief from
stress, eliminates wrinkles except for laugh lines, and gives you amazing vitality. She and her
husband were instrumental in beginning the Waldorf School in Kelowna, B.C. where children are
encouraged to use all forms of art to express themselves, and to learn and grow. Teachers have
the opportunity to enhance core subjects with poetry, painting, modeling and drama. Janice's
contribution includes helping with the arts & crafts projects and participating in the yearly
Christmas craft show to raise funds for the school.

“I believe that Janice makes at least one basic assumption when you join her classes; that you
have some hidden talent - she gently brings this out so that whatever you create, is truly yours.
Her genuine delight with the end product makes you feel as though you've achieved greatness! In
a short time, I've learned many things from Janice, including appreciation of the work of artists in
general. The lesson most important to me though, is that I can learn to do something entirely
new. Janice is a wonderful role model because she challenges herself, not only with her jewelry
but with other opportunities - how can I say, 'I'm too old to do this' when she is my senior and is
marching forward?” - Jennie Sato


Denis Letourneau, Armstrong

Denis has been a pioneer and leader in the Okanagan Arts community since 1975. His
contributions include: Concertmaster of the Okanagan Symphony; classical and jazz violinist;
orchestra contractor; dedicated instructor and founding teacher at the Vernon and Kelowna
Community Music Schools; and youth orchestra conductor.

He has founded and performed over the past three decades with: Heartstrings string quartet,
Romanza del Arco string duo, the Letourneau-Goldberg duo, and the Green Dragon jazz quartet.

“Denis has donated his talents to perform for countless fund-raising events, and as an educator,
he is dedicated to inspiring young people in the arts. He has taught hundreds of
budding violinists, some of whom have gone on into careers in music and music education
including former Vernonite Keiko Araki, a recently tenured violinist with the Portland Symphony.
Denis is a leader. He plays and teaches up and down the Okanagan Valley, in the Kamloops area
and in Lilloet, many hours of travel are added to an already taxing schedule; 45,000 kilometres
per year. Denis exemplifies the best of a true artist. He is an instrumental performing artist and
teacher. All this while he maintains the life of a family man”.- Catherine Dawson

Rhonda Draper, Kelowna

Rhonda is a researcher, educator, presenter, performer and curriculum developer specializing
in integrating music and movement across the curriculum and developing musicianship in
students. She has been a teacher for all grade levels, and is a children's performer, conference
presenter and music specialist in the public school system.




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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT


Daphne Odjig, Penticton

Governor General Michaelle Jean appointed her a Laureate in the Visual Arts in 2007. She is a
member of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of British Columbia and holds five
honorary doctorates from universities including Okanagan University College (2001) and
Thompson Rivers University (2007). The Woodland school of artists, centered in Northern
Ontario, claims Daphne as a respected leader and beloved Elder.

Daphne has lived and painted in the Okanagan/ Shuswap since 1976. She was commissioned by
the Canadian Museum of Civilization to create a masterpiece mural, “The lndian in Transition”.
Daphne retired to Penticton in 1999 but at 88 years, continues to draw and to exhibit..

“An artist of Pottawatomi, Odawa, and English background, Odjig is both an outstanding artist
and an honoured role model. Her practices as an artist and cultural worker have greatly enriched
the development of contemporary practices in the visual arts in Canada, her name and images
are known worldwide. We believe that it is important to recognize Daphne Odjig with this award,
not only for Odjig herself, but for all Aboriginal artists. It would recognize the remarkable
achievements of an even more remarkable woman, who paved the way for so many Aboriginal
artists in a time when female artists let alone female Aboriginal artists – had so often fight their
way into acceptance within the contemporary visual art scene” – Jann Bailey, Executive Director,
Kamloops Art Gallery


Rosyln Franz, Kelowna

A piano soloist, concert artist, vocal coach and accompanist earning accolades in music since
she was twelve, Roslyn has earned a B.A. & degree from Mills College in Oakland California
where she studied with Egan Petri, Alexander Liberman and Darius Milhaud. She was awarded
the coveted prize of distinguished achievement as an accompanist by the Franz Schubert
Institute in Baden, near Vienna, Austria.

Roslyn has served as a coach and accompanist for many organizations including the Music
Academy of the West, New York City Opera, Western Michigan Opera, Tucson Opera, San
Francisco Opera and as a 'keyboard' pianist for the Little Symphony of San Francisco, Monterey
County Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, San Francisco Symphony,
and Okanagan Symphony

As co-founder of Viva Musica, Roslyn provides opportunities for students to get hands-on
experience in the operations of a large theatre production as well as summer employment in the
arts. Her tireless efforts have resulted in outstanding, professional quality productions of opera
and musical theatre that might not otherwise be in this city. Ms. Frantz has been a strong
proponent of the arts Kelowna in the past 20 years. Roslyn Franz Music Studios offers a source
for learning and performance coaching for piano soloists, concert artists, vocal coach and
accompanists, as well: she offers master classes in Classical harp.


Carol McGibney, Naramata

Carol was a soloist with the Ulster Girls Choir in Ireland. After moving to Canada, she was
member of the Okanagan Symphony Choir.
Carol founded the Naramata Community Choir in 1962, and has directed it for the past 45 years.
She was named in the book of "100 of the Best Known Women in the Okanagan".

“The Naramata Community Choir has a long and rich history of community, regional, and

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international involvement. For more than four decades the choir has provided musical
programming for public enjoyment. Mrs. McGibney not only has a beautiful soprano voice, but is
also an excellent actress. She has been featured as a soloist many times with the Okanagan
Symphony Orchestra and has starred in many local plays and musicals. Her outstanding talent,
and the way she is able to get the best from her singers is the reason her choir is rated as one of
the premier choirs of British Columbia” - Stories of Okanagan Histories, 70th report of the
Okanagan Historical Society.


Chris Madsen, Vernon

Chris is a performing, recording artist, studio musician and songwriter. Produced 8 full length
albums of original music composition, and are recipient of the Performance Award of Canada as
the most advanced Guitarists. He has also received the “Distinguished Teacher Award” for
contribution to Canadian music education - Seagull in Flight Okanagan Music award for 2007

Wrote and/or co-wrote over 15 guitar related music books, 8 of which were for Yamaha Music
Corporation and were highly successful and still used today. Chris is founder of the Madsen
Music School in 1992 in Vernon, and of Music Educator Institute, which approved by the Ministry
of Education across Canada as a viable solution to distance education. He has taught thousands
of aspiring music students. At any given time hundreds of guitar students are getting their Fine Art
High School education credits. - 2oo7 Scorpion award for BEST INSTRUMNETAL

“Chris J. Madsen has become a humble powerhouse in the world and community. He is a person
of unrivaled character and achievement. Effort, creation, production, performance, and
completion, Chris J. Madsen is a LEGEND and an ACHIEVER of MERIT” – Jessie Brown


Jody Lafontaine, Lake Country

Jody has provided support and encouragement through the actual purchase and exhibition of
artworks, as well as through a genuine interest in the artists' well being manifested through an
unfailing encouragement. She had amassed the largest corporate art collection in BC, consisting
of artwork from over 80 artists who lived and worked throughout the Okanagan. The purchases
supported artists who relied on the sale of their works for their livelihood, and for their continued
creation of new works.

She created a two day Autumn Art Exhibition, called ArtWalk, to showcase the artists and their
artworks. The exposure was tremendously beneficial to the artists, and the response was
overwhelming. ArtWalk grew to include artists working on site, new artists, and galleries from the
Okanagan Valley. Serving on the Lake Country Public Art Committee, she worked to increase
the public artworks within the newly incorporated municipality. Jody created the Life Space
Gallery within a busy local coffee shop, to further support local artists by providing them with
space and opportunities to exhibit their artworks. She also created the Barn Gallery. She has
given much to the arts because of her generous spirit. She has a passion for the arts and their
"magic", and she has a compassion for the artists and their challenges.

“Jody has a passion for the fine arts, and created “Artwalk” at Holiday Park. It was the beginning
of a very special event that has evolved into an important showcase for all the “arts”, here in the
Okanagan. Her vision has enabled the public to see and learn of the critical nature of Art in our
lives. She truly cares, and to this day, sacrifices time and energy, giving back to the arts
community. The Okanagan is beautiful and richly diverse, filled with treasures … Jody Lafontaine
is one of it’s finest” – Alex Fong




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Victor Ukrainetz, Kelowna

Victor is a multi-faceted musician who performs on the fiddle, violin, mandolin, piano, tenor banjo,
guitar and accordion; and performs with different bands including the Old Time Fiddlers, The
Dance Band, and A Day Late and A Dollar Short. Honing his craft five nights a week, Victor has
taught fiddle at music camps in Gavin Lake, Castlegar, Greenwood and Saskatchewan over the
past 30 years. He is a qualified judge at provincial and national fiddle competitions. Recent
awards include the 2005 Bluegrass Association Band of the Year, and 2006 OMA Bluegrass
Band of the Year.

He has provided countless hours entertaining seniors at David Lloyd Jones, Sutherland Hills,
Stillwaters and Sun Pointe Assisted Living complex.

“Vic is an unsung hero in the field of philanthropy, donating countless hours over the past 30
years to playing for service clubs and fundraising organizations … he gives unselfishly of his time
and energy of music to support his fellow musicians and community” - Bob Bissillion


Denis Letourneau, Armstrong

Denis has been a pioneer and leader in the Okanagan Arts community since 1975. His
contributions include: Concertmaster of the Okanagan Symphony; classical and jazz violinist;
orchestra contractor; dedicated instructor and founding teacher at the Vernon and Kelowna
Community Music Schools; and youth orchestra conductor.

He has founded and performed over the past three decades with: Heartstrings string quartet,
Romanza del Arco string duo, the Letourneau-Goldberg duo, and the Green Dragon jazz quartet.

“Denis has donated his talents to perform for countless fund-raising events, and as an educator,
he is dedicated to inspiring young people in the arts. He has taught hundreds of
budding violinists, some of whom have gone on into careers in music and music education
including former Vernonite Keiko Araki, a recently tenured violinist with the Portland Symphony.
Denis is a leader. He plays and teaches up and down the Okanagan Valley, in the Kamloops area
and in Lilloet, many hours of travel are added to an already taxing schedule; 45,000 kilometres
per year. Denis exemplifies the best of a true artist. He is an instrumental performing artist and
teacher. All this while he maintains the life of a family man”.- Catherine Dawson




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