Deborah Hennig appointed Executive Director of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation

    OTTAWA, Nov. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Directors of the Governor
General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation today announced the appointment of
Deborah Hennig as Executive Director of the Foundation. Ms. Hennig will also
serve as Secretary of the Board, co-chaired by Harold Redekopp of Toronto and
Albert Millaire of Montreal. Deborah Hennig replaces Brian Anthony, who is
leaving the Foundation to assume new responsibilities as CEO of the Directors
Guild of Canada.
    Harold Redekopp, speaking today from Toronto on behalf of the GGPAAF
Board, said "I am delighted that Deborah has agreed to join the GGPAAF team as
Executive Director. Her depth of experience in arts administration and
communications will be a great benefit to us as we work to build the profile
of the awards across Canada."
    Ms. Hennig has had a flourishing career in the cultural sector. For some
20 years she has assisted a variety of organizations to better position their
programs, products and services in an increasingly competitive environment.
Clients have included the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Canadian Conference
of the Arts, Foreign Affairs Canada and Rideau Hall. Ms. Hennig is also
frequently called upon to provide capacity-building mentorship and support to
various arts organizations.
    The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards are the most prestigious
cultural honour bestowed on those who have made exemplary contributions to the
performing arts in Canada. Over one hundred Canadians have been honoured with
these awards since their creation in 1992 by the Right Honourable Ramon John
Hnatyshyn. The awards are administered by the Governor General's Performing
Arts Awards Foundation, a non-governmental, not-for-profit charitable
organization based in Ottawa. The Foundation is responsible for coordinating
the nomination and selection processes; organizing all special events related
to the awards presentation including ceremonies in the House of Commons, at
Rideau Hall and the National Arts Centre; and cultivating partnerships to
enhance the profile of the awards.
    Recipients of the 2008 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards will be
announced early in the new year. The awards will be presented by the Governor
General on May 2 at Rideau Hall, and the recipients will be honoured at a gala
at the National Arts Centre on May 3.
    The awards are presented by founding sponsor Bell Canada in partnership
with the Department of Canadian Heritage, National Arts Centre, and Canada
Council for the Arts, and sponsors Royal Canadian Mint and IBM Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Harold Redekopp, (416) 925-1652,

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