Collingwood Arts & Culture Awards


The Collingwood Arts & Culture Awards Program was created in 2011 to recognize and celebrate contributions to arts and culture in our community. Since that time, the program has acknowledged 18 outstanding individuals and organizations in Collingwood including musicians, teachers, actors, artists and arts organizations. If you know a person or an organization you feel should be acknowledged for their commitment to arts and culture, now's your chance to have them recognized and celebrated!

Awards Event - Congratulations 2017 Award Recipients!

The Collingwood Arts & Culture Awards marked the seventh anniversary on Friday, September 15, with live performances and awards presented to recognize outstanding contributions to arts and culture in our community.

Mayor Sandra Cooper and MC Craig Ashton presented the awards, established in 2011 to recognize and celebrate extraordinary contribution to arts & culture in our community. There are three award categories: youth, organization/group and adult.

Mayor Sandra Cooper with Youth Award Recipient Rowyn Campbell

Organization/Group Award Recipient Collingwood Leisure Time Club represented by President Raymond Firman

Adult Award Recipient Katherine Huycke


Nomination were received in the categories of youth (18 and younger), adult or organization/group. Nominations should demonstrate the impact, creativity and dedication of the nominee’s contribution to arts and culture in Collingwood through volunteerism, artistic leadership, administration or philanthropy.

Congratuations to the 2017 Nominees!

Marie-Josée Blais (Youth Category) places great importance on artistic merit and art initiatives in our community. She participates in community art projects including Collingwood Art on the Street for which she was selected to paint a muskoka chair and design a banner.  Marie-Josée was a member of the student volunteer committee for the second annual ArtXPress, a teen painting competition at the Collingwood grain terminals. In addition to her unique contributions to the arts community, Marie-Josée  also volunteers at her church, the Wasaga Beach Youth Centre and the G.N.E. 

Rowyn Campbell (Youth Category) is actively involved in the community as a young musician. She is a member of the Huronia Symphony Symphony Orchestra youth program and the Bay Youth Ensemble, performing on multiple occasions as a soloist at local churches and fundraising events.  Proficient on the piano, flute, clarinet and violin, Rowyn plays regularly for residents at local retirement homes, volunteers at the Bay School of Art summer camp and at studio recitals and workshop as well as entertains at the Library noon hour concerts and for the Street Piano program.

Ellie Duke (Youth Category) believes that the arts are a necessary form of self-expression; she recognizes the important role the arts play in the healthy social, emotional and intellectual development of young people. Ellie demonstrated her interest in sharing the benefits of participating in the arts as a volunteer leader and mentor for the Collingwood Collegiate Institute Drumline, performing at events such as Relay for Life.  Also a visual artist, Ellie participated in the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts Juried Art Show and was a member of the volunteer committee for ArtXPress.

Katrina Puddicombe-Farkas (Youth Category) takes great satisfaction in sharing her artwork with fellow student, friends and family. Her visual art takes many forms, often expressing imagery and themes inspired by her Indigenous heritage.  Katrina led students in the process of creating dream catchers using traditional techniques and materials she learned through the Enaahtig Healing Lodge & Learning Centre. She also helped decorate a tile for the Collingwood Collegiate Institute’s Canada 150 mosaic tile project.  The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts selected one of Katrina’s woven baskets for display in the Juried Art Show.

Decklan Funston (Youth Category) has immersed himself in the world of music with passion and purpose. He is the youngest member of the Georgian Sound Big Band, playing lead tenor on the Saxophone. Primarily a self taught musician, Decklan is strives to carry on the traditions of some of the great jazz masters through his self-motivated and thoughtful approach.  He has performed at Jazz at the Station and other community events, including ArtXPress and as a licensed Collingwood busker.  Decklan has dedicated countless hours in support of the Collingwood Collegiate music program.

Katherine Huycke (Adult Category) has spent almost 50 years supporting Collingwood’s creative tapestry.  She was one of the founding members of Theatre Collingwood and a Board member for many years. A former interior designer and event planner, Katherine has volunteered to paint sets, design parade floats, create costumes and visual displays for countless special events.  Many will recall her wartime themed tea room for the Gaslight Tour with over 800 hand-made poppies!  Her love of theatre also led Katherine to volunteer for the Gaslight Tour as a playwright, set designer and director. Along the way, Katherine has mentored many local artists and through her actions demonstrated the importance of the arts in creating a vibrant community. 
Erin McAndrew (Adult Category) embodies the belief that dance is for everyone.  A versatile performer, Erin is an innovator, educator and entrepreneur who seeks to develop collaborations across art forms and communities. She has volunteered as CASLE, a local school for young adults with special needs, to provide weekly dance instruction. There she adapted movements to ensure that each student could take part in the presentation.  Erin was the Collingwood and area ambassador for the National Ballet School’s Sharing Dance program and coordinated local rehearsals and performances to take part in this nation-wide celebration of dance. Erin has led community classes at local schools and her dance and choreography has been featured at the Collingwood Art Crawl and other community events.

Rochelle Reynolds (Adult Category) is committed to instilling her love of theatre and creative arts in others. Since returning to Collingwood in 2014, she has volunteered with local theatre groups, taught drama camps, directed plays and hosted monthly playwriting workshops.  Rochelle founded Quarter Century Theatre, focusing on site-specific, contemporary dramas geared towards young and first-time theatre goers.  She has transformed an office space into the rugged Newfoundland coast, a restaurant into three different geographical locations ravaged by war, and a quaint pioneer schoolhouse into a tense pressure-filled newspaper boardroom.  Through her work, Rochelle aims to expose audiences to plays that might not otherwise be produced locally and create an intimacy between the audience and the actors. 

Collingwood Leisure Time Club (Group/Organization Category) has served the community for over 27 years, contributing to the health and well-being of the 50+ community through social activities, education and entertainment. Recognizing the role that arts and culture plays in quality of life and life-long learning, the Club coordinates programs in visual arts, quilting, woodcarving and dancing.  Many participants are experienced artists who are encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise with new participants in a supportive and exploratory environment.  The Club is home to the monthly meetings of the Collingwood & District Historical Society, hosts dinner theatre events and provides a gallery space for the Leisure Painters.  Every October the Chippers Wood Carving Club participates in the Ontario Woodcarvers Association exhibition where they bring home a number of ribbons and prizes.  Through their efforts, the LTC demonstrates that the imagination, creativity and the arts can flourish at any age and are an essential, vital component of activities that offer a wide range of health benefits. 



  • Individual nominees must reside in Collingwood or have an ongoing association with Collingwood and arts and culture in the community.
  • Individual nominees must be living at the time of selection
  • Organization/group nominees must be located in Collingwood or be part of the cultural life of Collingwood
  • Nominations for the same individual or group may be received more than once


The nomination deadline was Monday, May 29, 2017. A jury of community members reviews all the submissions and selects the recpients. 

Online Nomination Form

Past Recipients