The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Region honours creativity and innovation in the community

WHITBY, ON November 28, 2014

The Regional Municipality of Durham’s 2014 Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards (DATCA) were handed out last night, during a special ceremony at the Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby.

Established in 2011, the awards recognize individuals and groups who are making the community stronger by celebrating and promoting creativity, innovation and collaboration in Durham Region. The award sculptures, which were designed by local artist Edward Falkenberg, were presented to winners by Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism, and event partner Dennis Croft, Executive Director at Spark Centre.

“Congratulations to all recipients of the 2014 Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards,” said Kathy Weiss. “By celebrating innovation and collaboration in our communities, we are fuelling the creative resources that contribute to the remarkable quality of life we enjoy in Durham Region.”

The following award winners were recognized at the ceremony:

•            Theatre: Carey Nicholson, Theatre 3x60

            Media Arts: Yolanda Beasley, Whitby Chamber of Commerce

•            Culinary and Artisanal: Cathy Brown, Heritage House Catering

•            Music: Greg Keelor, Blue Rodeo

•            Literary: Conrad Boyce

•            Philanthropy: Carol Vandersanden, The Table

•            Visual Arts: Henry Kortekaas, Henry Kortekaas & Associates Inc.

•            Festivals and Events: How to in 10, Durham Region Public Libraries

•            Cultural Champion in Business: Jennifer Hardie, Brigitta McLeod and Bonnie Thomson, META4 Contemporary Craft Gallery

•            Lifetime Achievement: Kent Farndale

•            Lifetime Innovator: Wayne Conrad, Omachron Science Inc.

To learn more about the award winners and the projects that earned them this recognition, or to view a list of all nominees, visit All nominees were also recognized and presented with a DATCA lapel pin, featuring a small-scale version of the DATCA sculpture.

For more information about the Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards, visit or call  1-800-413-0017.

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