Leonard Sumner wins Winnipeg Arts Council RBC On the Rise award

On Friday I joined my colleagues Ursula Lawson (program manager), Chris Vajcner (director of revenue development and communications) and John Gill (CEO) at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts and Winnipeg Arts Council awards.

We were there to support our nominee Leonard Sumner (NSI New Voices) for his work as a singer/songwriter, MC, videographer and all-around very cool dude. (Spoiler alert: he won!)

Ursula Lawson Leonard Sumner

Above: Ursula and Leonard before the ceremony

Leonard was one of 10 nominees for the RBC On the Rise award. Also included in the 10 were fellow NSI grads Trish Cooper (NSI Totally Television) and Alison Campeau (NSI New Voices).

Leonard at the RBC table with Wab Kinew (bottom right)

Above: Leonard at the RBC table with Wab Kinew (bottom right)

After opening remarks from host Chandra Mayor and a tasty Italian lunch, the winners were announced.

Leonard gave a funny and heartfelt acceptance speech in which he mentioned that he was kind of hoping for a giant novelty cheque to be presented on stage. (Don’t we all?)

Leonard Sumner

The other WAC award winners were Richard Irish, Candice Masters, Aganetha Dyck and Laurie Lam. Congratulations to you all.

WAC award winners from left: Richard Irish, Candice Masters, Aganetha Dyck, Laurie Lam and Leonard Sumner

Above: WAC award winners from left: Richard Irish, Candice Masters, Aganetha Dyck, Laurie Lam and Leonard Sumner

As we left the Hotel Fort Garry, Chris realized that Leonard and I were both wearing cool sunglasses. Therefore, one more picture: Leonard and I in the Cool Dude Sunglasses™ pic.

Laura Friesen Leonard Sumner

His future’s so bright …

Congratulations Leonard. You are truly an inspiration. Keep doin’ what you do.

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