Emerging Cultural Leader Award

Nominate someone for an award

The intake period for 2021 nominations has closed (December 10, 2020) and nominations are currently being reviewed. 

Do you know of an up-and-coming Nanaimo-based cultural leader that has contributed significantly to the cultural life in Nanaimo? Someone who is recognized by their peers and community as a whole to have given distinguished service and/or for excellence in the arts and culture field?

Nominate them for an Emerging Cultural Leader Award or check out the other award categories. This is your opportunity to recognize people and groups you believe have made a significant contribution to making Nanaimo a culturally vibrant city.

Patrick Aleck (2020)

Photo - Patrick Aleck, 2020 Emerging Cultural Leader Award RecipientPatrick Aleck is named the 2020 Emerging Cultural Leader Award recipient for his ability to reach the community in a positive way through mentorship, and by sharing his story and songs.

Patrick Aleck (Xwaluputhut) is from Stz’uminus First Nation and Penelakut Tribe and lives in Nanaimo on Snuneymuxw territory. He has been given the gift of drumming and speaking by his community, and he shares his gifts generously to inspire, motivate and connect people. He is actively involved with many organizations and has contributed to programs at Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, Tillicum Lelum, Nanaimo Art Gallery and Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre to just name a few. Patrick is recognized for his resilience, his willingness to share his culture with everyone, and his efforts to uplift his people.

Photo by Craig Letourneau Photography

Video by Kelly Adams Video & Photography

Celebrating the 2020 Culture & Heritage award recipients

Each year, the City of Nanaimo recognizes outstanding contributions to the culture and vibrancy of our community with the Culture & Heritage Awards. In 2020, Council announced the following honorees:

Traditionally, recipients are honored as part of a lively, public celebration at the Port Theatre. This year, because of measures to protect our community from COVID-19, the gathering will not take place as planned. In place of the event, on behalf of Council, Mayor Leonard Krog personally delivered greetings and a special gift to the homes of local award recipients, while practicing physical distancing. As well, we’ve released specially commissioned photographs and video profiles that celebrate the achievements of each honoree.

Past Recipients


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