Whether performing on a stage or acting behind the scenes, miscues are a rarity for David Smallwood.
So, it was a little funny that he would fumble his award as he accepted the prestigious Citizen of the Year Award during the City of Corner Brook’s Achievement in Community Excellence Awards Tuesday evening.
The long-time Corner Brook resident, who first came to the west coast city in the mid-1970s to work at Grenfell College, has become one of the biggest supporters of the thriving local arts community.
He has acted in numerous productions, sang in choirs and served in various executive capacities for artistic organizations, in addition to taking on a number of other volunteer roles in the community.
His biggest contribution to life in Corner Brook has undoubtedly been helping to spearhead the establishment of the new Rotary Arts Centre in Corner Brook.
“Corner Brook is a very nice place to be citizen of the year of,” Smallwood said moments after receiving the award.
“When we moved here, we decided it was perhaps the ideal place to live, work and raise a family and I don’t feel any differently now, more than 40 years since that move.”
He said it was an honour and a delight to be rewarded mainly for doing something he dearly loves.
“I enjoy the arts and the promotion of the arts,” he said. “It’s very important to me and my family. It’s nice to be able to support them, organize and develop them and to get rewarded for it, both in terms of their success and the fact this award came my way tonight.”
As if he needed a fire lit under him, Smallwood said the award will inspire him to keep doing what he does for the local arts scene.
The other nominees for citizen of the year were former municipal politician and tireless volunteer Priscilla Boutcher, and Kody Gardner, whose impressive volunteerism in multiple capacities earned him the Youth Citizen of the Year Award.