Recipients recognized at the Fredericton Arts Achievement Award

Members of Fredericton’s arts community have been recognized by the City of Fredericton at the Arts Achievement Award reception. The event took place at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Tuesday evening.

Debbie Burns and Emma Chevarie were presented with the award by Mayor Kate Rogers, and Wayne Burley, chair of the Arts Advisory Committee. 

Deborah Burns devoted many years of service to organizations that enhance the cultural life of Fredericton and provide outstanding and unique opportunities for young people. Debbie has been volunteering with Theatre New Brunswick for 17 years, became Chair of the Board of Directors  in 2017 and has provided leadership  creativity and persistence, especially through the last two very challenging years. Debbie is also known as a strong leader,  contributing knowledge, time and creativity to the  Fredericton Music Festival , where Debbie has volunteered since 2016.

Emma is the founder of Music Runs Through It and has been promoting and presenting live music in Fredericton for over a decade. Building community through music is her passion and she has become a valued resource to music fans and Fredericton musicians.

Other nominees included Wolastoqiyik Artist Percy Sacobie, Ann Manual, an artist, teacher, and steadfast supporter of the arts. The Fredericton Public Library Children’s Department  was also nominated for their innovative and engaging programs like Storywalk at Killarney Lake Park.

A special “Lifetime Achievement Award” was also presented by Mayor Kate Rogers to Peter Pacey, founder of the long standing Calithumpians Tour & Theatre Company. Pacey has had a varied career as an educator, performer and heritage interpreter. He is also a writer and producer, co –author of Building Capital, a guide to Fredericton’s Historic Landmarks. The Calithumpians theatre troupe is well known for their Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre program. “Peter has made it his mission to bring Fredericton’s rich history to life through music, performance and storytelling. For that, I am forever grateful,” said Mayor Kate Rogers. “Peter is a special person, who deserves to be celebrated for his creativity, passion and endless contribution to the cultural fabric of this city.”

“We’re pleased to celebrate such quality and deserving nominations of cultural achievement and excellence,” said Burley.

The recipients were presented with a bronze pin which was created by NB College of Craft & Design student Joël Belliveau, as part of a collaboration project with NBCCD metal students. Referring to his design, Mr. Belliveau said:  “I was inspired by the idea of community. I imagine community as a hive of inspiration and knowledge and wanted to represent our community as a honeycomb – as interlocking units that touch and support each other.”

The Arts Achievement Award program is an action item from the City’s 2014 Cultural Plan, and was created in 2017 to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments and contributions of individuals and groups and the importance of the arts in the community at an annual awards ceremony. 

“It’s important to recognize well deserving members of our local arts and culture sector,” said Wayne Burley. “All nominees generously contribute to the vibrant arts and cultural landscape in the city. “