Toronto, September 28th, 2012 - The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is proud to announce the winner of this year's DUX Award, a mentor in the cultural sector who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to mentoring: Jeff Cummings.
The prize is a donation by CHRC of $1,000 to an organisation or organisations of the winner's choice. Jeff has decided to direct the prize to four organisations who will each receive $250: Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, BC), Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary, AB), National Theatre School of Canada (Montreal, QC), and Young People's Theatre (Toronto, ON).
While there were several very worthy nominations (the cultural sector is full of wonderful mentors who have changed/are changing lives and careers!), the selection committee decided that Jeff's outstanding contributions, and the glowing letters from his nominator and supporters, lifted his name above the rest. In the opening words of the nomination form:
"For over 25 years Jeff Cummings has been sharing his drive, passion and love of theatre with practitioners from across Canada and beyond. Whether teaching classes at Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University) or at the National Theatre School of Canada, or perhaps leading a new team of volunteers at Sagebrush Theatre in Kamloops, Chinook Theatre in Edmonton, or any of a dozen other theatres, festivals and events he has worked at, Jeff has always been a strong leader whose work is admired and emulated. He is, in fact, the epitome of what a mentor should be."
DUX is the Latin word for leader, and with the creation of this annual award, CHRC honours Canada's cultural HR leaders who have contributed to the dynamic and inspiring cultural life we enjoy in this country. In 2012, CHRC honoured those unsung heroes who selflessly dedicate their time and energies to nurture young talent: mentors. The award ceremony took place at CHRC's HR Forum 2012 at the Radisson Hotel Admiral Toronto - Harbourfront.
The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is committed to strengthening the cultural labour force, and strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of employers and cultural workers including artists, technical staff and managers.