Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by North Ridge Development Corporation

2009 Lifetime Achievement Recipient - Robert Currie

Robert Currie

Robert Currie is an acclaimed and award-winning author of poetry, fiction and radio plays whose work has appeared in literary magazines and over 40 anthologies. He has published four poetry chapbooks, six books of poetry and three works of fiction.

Robert is also an experienced instructor. He taught creative writing at the Saskatchewan Summer School, the Sage Hill Writing Experience and at Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw for 30 years where he also taught English.

Robert has been central to the development of the literary arts in Saskatchewan. Beginning in 1969, for seven years he edited and published SALT, a little magazine of contemporary writing. He was one of the first presidents of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and was one of the co-founders of the Thunder Creek Publishing Co-operative/Coteau Books and serves on its board to this day. Robert's own published works, and the promotion he has done in support of the literary community, have had a great impact on the province. In 2007, he became Saskatchewan's Poet Laureate and continues his work as an ambassador for the merits of literary art and the works of Saskatchewan writers.

30 Below

Sponsored by Saskatoon Media Group

2009 30 Below Recipient - Lee Henderson

Lee Henderson

Lee is a media-based artist, academic and essayist from Regina. His practice navigates multiple media with ease, drawing from the fields of video art, photography, performance, installation, sculpture and drawing. He has studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design, the Universitat der Kunste, Berlin, and the University of Regina.

Arts and Learning

Sponsored by His Honour the Honourable Dr. Gordon L. Barnhardt, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

2009 Arts and Learning Recipient - Charity Marsh2009 Arts and Learning Recipient - Chris Beingessner

Charity Marsh and Chris Beingessner

Charity, from the University of Regina, and Chris, a teacher at Scott Collegiate, conceived a unique and engaging project to connect students from Regina's North Central neighbourhood. The Hip Hop Project brings 15 grade 10 and 11 students into the Interactive Media and Performance Labs at the University of Regina, while earning high school English and Arts Education credits.


Sponsored by Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

2009 Leadership Recipient - Kelley Jo Burke

Kelley Jo Burke

Kelley Jo has been an award-winning playwright for 20 years. Through her work as an arts producer for the CBC, Kelley has emerged as a leader in the arts. In her production of national specials, competitions and regional programming, the promotion and development of new voices, particularly from the Aboriginal community, has been a priority.

Saskatchewan Artist

Sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport

2009 Saskatchewan Artist Recipient - David Thauberger

David Thauberger
Member of the Order of Canada, 2008

David, a proud citizen of Saskatchewan, is an artist with distinctive style. Initially a ceramic sculptor, he moved to painting. He is an advocate of prairie folk art, a knowledgeable collector and a tireless volunteer. David's recent appointment to the Order of Canada recognizes his contributions to Saskatchewan and the country.


Sponsored by SaskCulture Inc. and Saskatchewan Lotteries

2009 Volunteer Recipient - Craig Langlois

Craig Langlois

Craig has been an E.A. Rawlinson Centre technical volunteer for over three years with contributions in stage management, lighting, rigging, sound and training workshops. When not at the Centre, 18-year-old Craig also devotes countless hours serving as the venue technician for various theatre productions at his high school.


The Saskatchewan Arts Board would like to thank the sponsors of the 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Arts Awards:

Patron Sponsor

  • North Ridge Development Corporation

Award Sponsors

  • Saskatoon Media Group
  • Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
  • Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
  • Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport
  • SaskCulture Inc. and Saskatchewan Lotteries

Media Sponsors

  • The StarPhoenix
  • Leader-Post
  • Global Saskatoon
  • Global Regina

Decor and Design Sponsors

  • RSVP Event Design
  • Blossom's Florist

Graphic Design Sponsors

  • Kinetic Design