• Thank you to our 2018 Jurors

    Robin Armistead

    Manager, Culture & Municipal Policy, City of London, ON

    Joy Barrett

    Cultural Development Officer
    City of Nelson, BC

    Joanne Duguay

    Cultural Development Officer
    City of Moncton, NB

    Claire Halpern

    Manager, Cultural Development
    City of White Rock, BC

    Jacqueline Soczka

    Manager of Culture
    City of Orillia, ON

2018 Award Winners


City of Victoria, BC
Create Victoria: Arts and Culture Master Plan

Victoria is home to an incredible mix of artists, designers, performers, entrepreneurs and innovators who contribute to a vibrant arts and culture scene. Through wide-spread consultation, the City of Victoria has developed Create Victoria, a five-year Arts and Culture Master Plan designed to nurture conditions for creativity to flourish. The plan, supported by a Cultural Policy framework, aligns ideas, people, and resources around a shared vision and a set of strategies, goals, objectives and actions to realize Victoria’s full potential. Culture and creativity are essential aspects for vibrant and sustainable cities. The role of culture in creating healthy, dynamic communities is widely acknowledged and cultural activities such as festivals and public art are vital tools to engage a community and articulate its values. More information can be found at https://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/residents/culture/create-victoria.html.

*Honourable mention awarded to the Capital Regional District, BC, for Building our #Artsfuture Together.


Halifax Regional Municipality, NS
Into the Debris Field: The Halifax Explosion

The Halifax Explosion occurred on December 6, 1917 when two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. The blast killed almost 2000 people, wounded many thousands more, and devastated Halifax and Dartmouth. Into the Debris Field was developed as a multifaceted commemorative project to engage the local, national and international community of interest around the legacy of the Halifax Explosion. The project set out to engage the history of this tragedy not as a bygone historical event but rather to unpack its ongoing impact of that event continues to shape the consciousness of a place and its people today. The project consists of 2 complimentary expressions, a Commemorative Marker program and an Interactive Mobile App. To learn more about the project, visit https://intothedebrisfield.ca/.

*Honourable mention awarded to theTown of Canmore, AB, for Bow Valley Mural Project Celebrates Canada 150.


City of Kingston, ON
Engage for Change: #YGK Reconciliation Journey

The City of Kingston is located on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabe and the Haudenosaunee and is home to 7000 urban Indigenous community members. In 2015 with the release of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the completion of The City of Kingston’s Indigenous focused findings report the City began to plan its “Engage for Change: #YGK Reconciliation Journey” (E4C, 2016-17). The project’s success and the depth of work to be done led to a transformation of the project to include three phases. The first phase, 2016-17, focused on community education and engagement and featured 10 community talking circles, an inquiry-based learning program for grades seven/eight focused on residential schools and reconciliation, a project blog/vlog, and the sponsorship of Indigenous community performances. The second and third phases will take place from 2018 to 2021 and will involve the City working alongside the Indigenous community and a third party facilitator to identify shared needs and actionable plan, as well as developing an Indigenous resources webpage, updating its' internal policies addressing Indigenous issues and creating an Indigenous focused e-learning for staff. The third phase of E4C is expected to run 2020-21, and will draw the first two phases together and culminate in a City of Kingston Indigenous Community protocol.

*Honourable mention awarded to the Town of Newmarket, for Newmarket National Ten-Minute Play Festival.


Elena Bird
City of Toronto, ON

Elena is dedicated to enhancing the cultural life of cities as a cultural planner, inspiring leader, trusted peer, and hard-working volunteer. She served on the Board of Directors for the CCNC for 9 years, including 2 years as Vice President and 2 years as President. It was never about Elena or Toronto; she worked as part of the network, for the network every step of the way. Elena even continued her role as President during a maternity leave, taking only a short 4-month break.

Elena has further contributed to the cultural sector community through her work on the UBC Centre for Cultural Planning and Development Advisory Committee and the board of WorkInCulture. She is currently a Senior Policy Advisor in Economic Development and Culture at the City of Toronto where she has worked since 2002. Elena has worked on cultural planning and mapping projects including the Culture Plan for the Creative City, the Creative City Planning Framework), and Placing Creativity, a partnership that explores mapping and the intersection of culture, economy and place. Most recently, Elena completed an extensive study of the Night-time Economy in Toronto. Elena has dedicated more than 15 years to cultural planning and nine years to the CCNC as a leader and expert in her field.

Congratulations to our 2018 CCNC Awards of Excellence winners!

Background Photo Credit:
Corus Quay building, Toronto, ON - Photo by Christopher Jones