Volunteer Committee Outstanding Service Award

Volunteer Committee Outstanding Service Award

The Volunteer Committee Outstanding Service Award was established in 1993 to recognize volunteers who have shown outstanding dedication to supporting Craft Ontario. Up to three awards are presented annually. Recipients must be members of the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee. Staff and committee members may submit nominations and a nominator's statement to the Board of Directors.

2015 Recipients

Jane Moore

Jane was the Chair of the Committee 2014-2015 and volunteered throughout the year for many of Craft Ontario's core programs, as well as organizing the COVC Spring Tour. Jane began her association with Craft Ontario in 1978 as a volunteer in the Resource Centre and gallery.  Later, while working in the early childhood education field, Jane's interest in craft continued and she returned as a volunteer and as a part time employee in the 1990's. Now retired, Jane welcomes the opportunity to be involved once again with the Volunteer Committee.

Fern Hellard

Fern joined the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee in early 2012, and contributes an average of 12 hours each week at the Shop, rain or shine. Fern's interest in the craft community began with a casual ceramics workshop more than thirty years ago. Since then she has been a dedicated advocate and active supporter of the Canadian ceramics community by means of volunteering and patronage at both Craft Ontario and the Gardiner Museum. Her passion for culture and travel contributes to her knowledge of ceramics, and her previous retail experience is now an essential part of operations at the Craft Ontario Shop.

2013 Recipients

Adrian Mann

Chair, Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee, 2013 - 2014

Adrian Mann has recently retired from a 30-year career with the Ontario Public Service. During her time with the OPS, she held a variety of senior management positions, including Director of Communications for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Previously, she was a communications manager in the Ministries of Finance, Government Services and the Ontario Women’s Directorate. She began her career in communications at the Ontario Arts Council, where she also first developed an interest in the work of professional craftspeople.

Adrian joined the Volunteer Committee in 2009, working on the Canadian Crafts in Toronto brochure, and became vice-chair in 2012.

Kay Saunders

Kay Saunders has worked for over twenty years, starting with the provincial government in Saskatchewan, later with the Ontario government, and then with various non-profit agencies in Toronto. At one point she worked with the disabled population, assisting people in developing action plans in regards to paid employment or volunteer work. She was then asked to be the Director of a self-employment program at the Jewish Vocational Service, where she continued to work for 12 years.

In 2009 she retired, and at that time pursued volunteer work, which included helping at a local junior school and also becoming a member of Craft Ontario. Over her time on the Volunteer Committee, she has dedicated her efforts to assist in the office at least once a month, and has served as the Program Convenor for the group for two years.

Past Recipients

2012: Carol Paine, Helen Paul
2011: Marcia Hays
2010: Joan Milburn, Rosiane Read
2009: Ingrid Laidlaw, Jane Allen
2008: Jane Bright, Mary Brebner
2007: Monica Peel, Cynthia Macdonald
2006: Michele Fordyce, Leslie Adamson
2005: Cherie Daitchman, Bunny Segal
2004: Dorothy Burton, Kathy Lakatos
2003: Sharon McLeod
2002: Sandra Hore, Elizabeth Strathdee
2001: Louise Chalmers, Donna Stradiotto
2000: Louise Dimma
1999: Sharon Court, Betty Dewar, Helen Hutchinson, Nancy Tucker
1998: Elsie Cooper, Doug Farndale, Kent Farndale
1997: Mark Childs, Mary Comi, Joan Hamilton
1996: Joan Milburn, Evelyn Jolly, Ona Humphreys
1995: Alice Fournier, Carol-Ann Casselman, Pat Tolmie
1994: Marg Baker, Jane Moore, Ilse Pawlik

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.