News Release

Fulfilling a Dream and Community Work Recognized
April 23, 2010

AOE Executive Director Christine Tremblay Receives Tolgesy Award

Ottawa, Ontario – Ottawa’s prestigious Victor Tolgesy Arts Award has been awarded to AOE Arts Council’s Executive Director Christine Tremblay. 

The annual award, presented jointly by the City of Ottawa and the Council for the Arts in Ottawa, recognizes the accomplishments of an Ottawa resident who has made a substantial contribution to the enrichment of the city’s cultural life.

Tremblay was honoured for her more than 20-year commitment to the arts in Ottawa, during which she excelled in organizational development, strategic planning, community development, lobbying and fund raising.  She further enriched the city’s cultural life by bringing together the arts and the business communities, and by developing partnerships at the municipal, provincial and international levels.

“Optimist by nature, it is with boundless energy and enthusiasm that she succeeds in meeting the challenges of promoting the arts in Ottawa, improving the lives of artists and to making the arts more visible and accessible,” the award’s committee stated.

 “I am honoured and humbled to receive this award and to be recognized by my peers in the arts community for the work that I am so passionate about,” says Christine Tremblay, Executive Director of AOE Arts Council (AOE).  “I consider myself very fortunate to be surrounded by opportunities, creative people and the chance to make a difference to our quality of life everyday I go into work.”

Tremblay, founding executive director of AOE, was the driving force behind the completion of the $38-million Shenkman Arts Centre in 2009.  For more than 20 years, and through four sets of studies and public consultations, Tremblay played a crucial role in fulfillment of the project.  The Shenkman Arts Centre is now a state-of-the-art facility, offering venues for performing arts, galleries, studios, workshops and office spaces to benefit the community.

“Christine’s energy and unfaltering commitment were critical in keeping this project alive and in the development of the unique partnership model that has been created,” says Heather Jamieson, President of the AOE Board of Directors.  “But, Christine’s vision extended far past the bricks and mortar of an arts facility.  Her vision led to the launching of the ARTicipate Endowment Fund, which has already raised close to $5-million to support artistic activities at the Shenkman Arts Centre.”

Previous winners of the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award include Paulette Gagnon, Julian Armour, Barbara Clark and Ian Tamblyn. 

AOE Arts Council (AOE), created in 1987, now serves a bilingual membership of more than 85 arts organizations and many individual members, representing well over 20,000 individuals. Its mission is to support, promote and develop the practice and appreciation of the arts in Ottawa.

Visit to learn more about AOE Arts Council or to learn more about the ARTicipate Endowment Fund and how to make a donation.


Cristiane Doherty, Director of Communications
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AOE President Heather Jamieson with Christine Tremblay holding
the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award.

Chantal Rodier, Director of the the ARTicipate Campaign and Director of the the Arts Administration Program at the University of Ottawa.

Christine Tremblay, Executive Director of AOE Arts Council

Paulette Gagnon, Recipient of the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award 2009 and Executive Director of the Association des théâtres francophones du Canada