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RWB volunteer recognized with GG award

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Jean Giguère, the longtime volunteer and board member for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, is the 2014 winner of the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award of Voluntarism in the Performing Arts.

The honour is presented every year as part of the Governor General Performing Arts Awards and recognizes outstanding volunteer service to the arts by an individual or a group.

Giguère has volunteered for arts groups, most notably the RWB and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, for three decades and serves on the boards of Business for the Arts and the Canadian Museum of History.

She joined the RWB board in 1997 and served five years as board chair. She was appointed chair emeritus in 2011. She received the Winnipeg Arts Council’s inaugural volunteer of the year award that same year.

"Jean Giguère has been a remarkable advocate for the arts in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Canada," Andre Lewis, the RWB’s artistic director, said in a release Wednesday.

Giguère has also played a role in establishing Culture Days, which promotes the idea of making culture a daily habit for Canadians. She serves on its national executive and co-chairs Culture Days Manitoba.

The award will be presented by Gov.-Gen. David Johnston at a ceremony May 9 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

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