News Release

November 20, 2009

AOE Arts Council Receives Community Support / Non Profit Organization of the Year Award

AOE Arts Council is the proud recipient of the TD Canada Trust People’s Choice Business Awards Community Support/ Non Profit Organization of the Year award. The community came out to celebrate the Awards, hosted by the Orléans Chamber of Commerce, in the brand new Shenkman Arts Centre on November 18, 2009. AOE sees this award as a clear demonstration that the community values the arts and recognizes the long-standing efforts of AOE Arts Council to promote and help develop local artists.

In its eighth year, the Orléans Chamber of Commerce has been inviting the people of Orléans to vote for their favourite business in 11 different categories.

“We are grateful for the community recognition for the arts this award represents and thank the business sector and residents for their continuing support,” says Heather Jamieson, President of AOE Arts Council.

For 22 years, AOE worked tirelessly with the arts community, supporters, City of Ottawa and resident arts partners, the Gloucester Pottery School, Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO), Ottawa School of Art, and OYP Theatre School to make the Shenkman Arts Centre a reality. 

  “Being recognized by the community is an honour and speaks directly about who we are as an Arts Council,” says Christine Tremblay, Executive Director of AOE Arts Council. “It is a tribute to AOE’s energy, vision and strong commitment
to supporting, developing and promoting the arts at all levels.”

As well as acknowledging AOE for its contribution to the community, the Orléans Chamber of Commerce presented AOE with a $5,000 donation to the ARTicipate campaign. The campaign total is now at about 90% of the 5 million dollar target.

“We are very excited about being so close to the ARTicipate Endowment Fund’s goal,” says Chantal Rodier, ARTicipate Campaign Director. “With the support of business donations like this, we will be able to provide grants in 2010 to local artists and art organizations to pursue their creativity and showcase their talents in the Shenkman Arts Centre.”

About AOE Arts Council
AOE is a vibrant, pro-active not-for-profit community arts council dedicated to promoting, supporting and developing the arts in Ottawa. AOE supports Ottawa artists and arts organizations through programs, resources and services in both English and French. Visit to learn more about AOE Arts Council.

About the ARTicipate Endowment Fund
The ARTicipate Endowment Fund campaign aims to build a $5 million endowment fund that will sustain English and French quality arts programming within the Shenkman Arts Centre.  The fund was launched in 2007 with a $1 million donation from the Shenkman Family Foundation and continues to grow toward its goal, with generous support from individuals, arts groups, businesses and the community.

Visit to learn more about the ARTicipate Endowment Fund and how to make a donation.