2013 Arts Volunteer Award Recipient | Shona Stapleton, Prince Albert

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Shona Stapleton, Prince Albert

Shona began working with the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) in 1993, starting as a receptionist and ascending within the organization to her present position as special education student records coordinator. She was initially asked to sit on the PAGC Fine Arts Festival committee, but eventually became its coordinator, steering a large, dedicated volunteer committee and growing the week-long festival from 300 annual participants to 1,600 students, teachers, chaperones and other helpers. For 20 years, Shona has managed the event, which has hosted to date some 24,000 students, teachers, and chaperones. This unique event addresses two of the PAGC's educational priorities (bridging the achievement gap and creating more innovative and engaging schools) by gathering First Nations students from kindergarten through Grade 12 and showcasing talent in visual arts, crafts, mixed media, dance, song, poetry and literature, as well as stories and legends often performed in both traditional language and English. The festival's longevity and success are reflections of Shona's dedication, enthusiasm, and perseverance.

In addition to her festival work, Shona sat on the Prince Albert Arts Board from 1999 to 2012. In recognition of her contributions to the PAGC Fine Arts Festival, Shona has received an individual tourism award from the Prince Albert Tourism and Marketing Bureau.

Photo by Ron Merasty