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City of Duncan’s Arts and sports trophy nominations due earlier than usual on Sept. 10

Ann Mendenhall was the recipient of the City of Duncan
Ann Mendenhall was the recipient of the City of Duncan's Arts trophy last year.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Arts and sports aficionados have until Sept. 10 to nominate deserving Cowichanians for Duncan’s respective awards for best helping foster valley culture and athleticism.

City council will discuss nominees, then present Duncan’s perpetual Arts and Sports trophies at city hall’s Dec. 1 inaugural service.

The gap between nominations and awards is wider than usual due to city politicians involved in B.C.’s Nov. 15 civic election, staff said.

The arts trophy — sponsored by the News Leader Pictorial — honours a patron, teacher or artist who most championed Cowichan arts and culture in the past year, or during their lifetime.

Past recipients include E.J. Hughes, Leslie Sjoberg, and Longevity John Falkner. Last year’s winner was piano teacher Ann Mendenhall (pictured). She received a keeper artwork from Rosemary Danaher.

Duncan’s Sports Awards salutes the athlete, coach or administrator who most supported sports in the past year. Last year’s winners were rugby coaches Brad and Alana Skene.

Email nominations to city hall at duncan@duncan.ca, or call 250-746-6126.

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