Honour in the Arts Award

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2020 Honour in the Arts Award Recipient

2020 Honour in the Arts Winner

Karma Lacoff Nieoczym

Karma has been a bright light to the arts & culture sector during hard times throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, she took on a leadership role in the development of the Central Okanagan Music Strategy while balancing her roles with the Rotary Centre for the Arts and Creative Okanagan. Amid mass cancellations due to pandemic restrictions, she helped these organizations adapt to the changing landscape, and helped to keep some of Kelowna's arts organizations on solid footing. In addition, she has been a mentor to many in the arts community, providing advice and guidance to non-profit organizations to identify and successfully apply for grants to help strengthen their organizations. 

Kelowna’s cultural sector is in a better position to recover and rebuild thanks to Karma’s dedication and hard work. 

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Kelowna through cultural and/or artistic efforts.  
  • Selections are based on the nominee's special accomplishments, contributions and awards for the year 2021.
  • Past information may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Finalist selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package.

Nominations for the 47th annual Civic & Community Awards will open in fall 2021. 

Award supported by: 

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2019 - Erin Scott
  • 2018 - Ryan Grenier
  • 2017 - Simone Orlando
  • 2016 - Karen Close
  • 2015 - Rosemary Thomson
  • 2014 - Jennifer Schell
  • 2013 - Glenna Turnbull
  • 2012 - Anna Jacyszyn
  • 2011 - Nathan Flavel
  • 2010 - Quinn Best
  • 2009 - Randy Leslie
  • 2008 - George Cwiklewski
  • 2007 - Wendy McCracken
  • 2006 - Gayle Liman
  • 2005 - Neal Facey
  • 2004 - Hugh Parsons
  • 2003 - Roslyn Frantz
  • 2002 - Rod Charlesworth 
  • 2001 - Dr. Jayne Brooks
  • 2000 - Alice Hargreaves
  • 1999 - Marina and Harold Pettman