Teen Honour in the Arts Awards

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Award Criteria

  • Awarded to a youth who has made an outstanding contribution to Kelowna through cultural and/or artistic efforts.  
  • Must be between the ages of 13 and 19 as of Dec. 31, 2019.
  • 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.

The recipient of this award will receive a $500 entrance scholarship to UBC Okanagan.

2018 Teen Honour in the Arts Award Recipient

Annette Bakala

Ever since Annette began dancing at the age of two, she has had only one career goal: to be a ballerina. That is exactly what Annette is working towards.  As an accomplished leading member of the Senior Company at Mission Dance Centre, Annette can be found training at the studio 25 to 30 hours per week. This is in addition to being a full-time student at Okanagan Mission Secondary where she will graduate this year with honour roll standing.

Annette performed in many shows and in 2018 held key roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker and the title role in Giselle. This was the third time Annette played the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, but with choreography changes, it becomes more challenging each year. While ballet is her primary focus, Annette also trains in hip-hop, jazz, modern and flamenco.

She is dedicated and committed to her craft, often practicing through fatigue and sometimes injury to sharpen her skills. She demonstrates admirable leadership skills and displays passion, education and professionalism when mentoring young students, and often inspires the younger students to work harder and be more focused in their practice.

This dedication was clear when Annette auditioned and was selected to attend a five-week pre-professional summer intensive ballet program at the esteemed Ballet Jorgen in Toronto. Annette proved she was up for the challenges of this program as she started in the Intermediate Company and quickly moved up to the Senior Company shortly after arriving. She was the youngest dancer in the senior group and was further recognized and awarded with a feature role in the program’s final production.

Annette has placed in top positions of competitions and festivals and at the 2018 Kelowna Kiwanis competition, she earned first place in Soft Shoe Solo, second place in Pointe Solo and third place in Demi-Character.

She is never too busy with her own artistic pursuits to mentor other dancers or support her community by performing for senior homes, in community events and charitable events like the Christmas Spectrum for Autism Awareness fundraiser. In previous years, she danced at the Angel Awards and Nuit Blanche.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2017 - Madelyn Miyashita
  • 2016 - Andrew Kates
  • 2015 - Lauren Maier
  • 2014 - Antony Knight
  • 2013 - Mandy Jong
  • 2012 - Quinn Bates
  • 2011 - Hayley Manlove
  • 2010 - Grace Kim 
  • 2009 - Haley Blais
  • 2008 - Evan Kascak
  • 2007 - Chad Abrahamson
  • 2006 - Melissa Wilmot
  • 2005 - Carmen Harris
  • 2004 - Joshua Ferguson
  • 2003 - Devin Roth
  • 2002 - Mitchell Howanyk
  • 2001 - Greg Sawisky
  • 2000 - Meaghan McRae


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