The CCA hosts its 47th annual awards gala
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Presented at Queen's Park by the Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Bluma Appel was the 99th recipient of the Diplôme d'honneur since its inception in 1954. During her acceptance speech, Mrs. Appel said she was humbled by the occasion. Grinning the entire time, she cited her many failures in just as many disciplines - music, painting, acting, directing and producing. Accepting these failures, she added that "you don't have to be talented to enjoy the arts. And without an appreciative audience there is no place for the artist. So I got an education. You can learn a lot more from failure than from success." Speaking of successes on the other hand, and she has many to speak of, she highlighted her creating the American Friends of Canada, whose Board included David Rockefeller - Henry Ford - Armand Hammer; being appointed by P.M. Trudeau to act as Liaison to Industry, which led to every bank appointing a woman on their Board and of course, starting CanFAR, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, in 1987.
Lieutenant Governor Bartleman also granted Ms. Pat Durr the Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership. Ms. Durr, who has worked in cultural advocacy while remaining an active and an accomplished visual artist, was appreciative of this honour in her acceptance speech. But she insisted to say that without the support and the efforts of many others like Jack Chambers, Jane Condon, Jennifer Dickson and Pierre-Léon Tétreault, her own work would not have been possible. "Their foundation enabled me to achieve the gains for the visual arts that I fought for at the municipal, provincial and federal levels," said Ms. Durr as she accepted the award.
Joining Patt Durr and Bluma Appel, the ceremony and reception was attended by some of Canada's most important artists and cultural professionals - each having been touched one way or another by the work of this year's two winners.
The CCA, once again would like to express our most sincere congratulations to Pat Durr and Bluma Appel as well as thank them for all they have achieved, strived to achieve and have yet to achieve on matters of arts and culture in Canada.
The CCA would also like to express its profound gratitude and thanks to the Honourable James K. Bartleman for so graciously and generously hosting the event.
Bluma Appel's acceptance speech
Pat Durr's acceptance speech