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Kevin Hennessey's mostly behind-the-scenes work with Corner Brook's arts community earns him Citizen of the Year honour


Making a significant contribution to the community is not always about seeking attention for a cause or being a recognized face in the news.

Kevin Hennessey, who was named Corner Brook’s 2018 Citizen of the Year Tuesday night, epitomizes this.

His face and name may not be widely known beyond the arts community, but he has been an instrumental cog in Corner Brook’s music and theatre scene for the last three decades or so.

Hennessey was among several people and groups honoured at the 2018 Achievement in Community Excellence Awards event Tuesday. The ACE Awards celebrate outstanding contributions in 18 categories for excellence in business, environmental awareness, the arts, athletics, cultural promotion and community-mindedness.

Hennessey is a musician and actor, but his impact has probably been the greatest as a musical director who has elevated the quality of productions at the school, church and community theatre levels.

Being one of the driving forces behind the scenes is fulfilling for Hennessey, whose day job is a hearing impaired program itinerant with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board.

“I do all the things I do in the community because I love doing them, but it is a nice feeling to know that people do appreciate all the work you do,” he said after he was announced as the winner.

“A lot of hours go into it, especially when you’re not necessarily involved with the part of the show that everybody sees or hears.”

The other nominees for Citizen of the Year included Stella Michel of the not-for-profit good deeds group 12 Months, 12 Miracles; longtime business owner and promoter of Corner Brook Brenda Lee; community volunteer David Elms; and community volunteer Nicole MacKinnon.

Hennessey said it was an honour just to be mentioned in the same breath as these and all the other ACE Award nominees, especially Michel, whose charity work won the Non-Profit Organization of the Years ACE Award Tuesday night.

“I think it’s cool to come to an event like this and realize just how much amazing work is going on in this town,” he said. “To be able to come up here and be on the same podium as these other people is absolutely humbling.”

ACE Winners 2018

Business Excellence Award:

State of the Arts Gallery and Picture Framing

Community Environmental Leader:

Jessica Galliott

Corner Brook Green Business:

Kenworth Corner Brook

Corner Brook Environmental Award:

Immaculate Heart of Mary School

Overall Artist of the Year:

Wendy Woodland

Arts Event of the Year:

Nuit 150+

Emerging Artist of the Year:

Melissa Tremblett

Heritage Individual Award:

George French

Heritage Project Award:

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Non-Profit Organization of the Year:

12 Months 12 Miracles

Gerry Basha Female Athlete of the Year:

Paige Hickey

Male Athlete of the Year:

Andrew Bruce

Coach/Executive of the Year:

Jennifer & George Dolomont

Active Living Community Champion (Individual):

Jeri Graham

Active Living Community Champion (Organization):

Cycle Solutions

Joe Mullins Lifetime Achievement Award:

Frank Foo

Youth Citizen of the Year:

Sophie Peckford

Citizen of the Year: 

Kevin Hennessey

Source: Achievements in Community Excellence Awards committee

 

 

The City of Corner Brook honoured some of its athletic finest during the 2018 Achievement in Community Excellence Awards Tuesday evening. Among the ACE Award winners were, from left, cross-country skier, coach and ski program coordinator Jeri Graham, winner of the Active Living Community Champion (individual) Award: curler and golfer Andrew Bruce, who was named Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row: volleyball coaches and tournament organizers George and Jennifer Dolomont, co-winners of Coach/Executive of the Year; and volleyball player, alpine ski racer and golfer Paige Hickey, who won the Gerry Basha Female Athlete of the Year.
The City of Corner Brook honoured some of its athletic finest during the 2018 Achievement in Community Excellence Awards Tuesday evening. Among the ACE Award winners were, from left, cross-country skier, coach and ski program coordinator Jeri Graham, winner of the Active Living Community Champion (individual) Award: curler and golfer Andrew Bruce, who was named Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row: volleyball coaches and tournament organizers George and Jennifer Dolomont, co-winners of Coach/Executive of the Year; and volleyball player, alpine ski racer and golfer Paige Hickey, who won the Gerry Basha Female Athlete of the Year.

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