Congratulations, award winners! (photo)Monday, October 21, 2013 by: Darren Taylor
Three notable members of Sault Ste. Marie's cultural sector were recognized for their work by Mayor Debbie Amaroso and the City of Sault Ste. Marie at Council's meeting Monday.
Greg Ryckman, Russell Mason and Michael Hennessy (pictured, from left to right) are the 2013 recipients of the City’s Community Recognition Award.
A special reception was held for the three men at the Civic Centre Monday.
The Community Recognition Award is awarded each year by the City, with recipients chosen by Sault Ste. Marie's Cultural Advisory Board in recognition of outstanding, innovative and long-term contributions to local culture.
Ryckman was formally trained in music at the University of Western Ontario and toured Canada as a rock musician.
He eventually became part of Korah Collegiate's Music Department and was a driving force behind the school's "Mustang Sally" group.
"Mustang Sally" is a well-equipped rhythm and blues band, consisting of talented young vocalists and musicians, created in 2004.
Its lineup changes each year as students progress through high school, and since its creation ten years ago, "Mustang Sally" has given many top-notch performances both locally and elsewhere in Ontario, with some of its members having gone on to careers in the entertainment industry.
Mason, a retired elementary school teacher, is a well-respected weaver and has introduced many to the use of fabric in art through exhibitions and workshops.
Mason has been involved in The Fall Festival of the Arts, The Art Gallery of Algoma, and the Handweavers and Spinners Guild.
Hennessy is a long-standing, high-profile member of Sault Ste. Marie's community theatre scene, known as an actor and award-winning director, and has served as an inspiration to many local actors regarding performance, stage lighting and costume design.
Hennessy helped launch Family Life Theatre in the early 1980s, as a way to address social issues and generate discussion of them through the Theatre's performances.