Honour in the Arts Award

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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 2019.
  • 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.

2019 Honour in the Arts Award Recipient

Erin Scott

Erin Scott co-founded Kelowna’s poetry slam movement over a decade ago, and has since fostered the growth of the popular Inspired Word Cafe into a major platform for spoken word artists from the Okanagan and beyond. Erin not only organized 20 events of her own in 2019, but she also plays an instrumental role in the planning and execution of the annual Fat Cat Children’s Festival, serving as the Executive Director.

Erin is also a prolific writer and poet. In 2019, she was the winner of the Okanagan Short Story contest, the John Lent Poetry Prose Chapbook Award and earned a five-week spot at the exclusive Banff Centre writing studio. She was also commissioned by the City of Kelowna’s Cultural Services department to write a poem for their five-year Cultural Plan and served on the advisory committee throughout the Cultural Plan process.

Erin presented her one-woman show Truth or Consequences at last year’s Living Arts Festival while pregnant and delivered her third child in October.

Award supported by: 

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 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