Students to perform at festival in Scotland
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais was proud to present a cheque for $1,000 to the students of Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School’s arts program.
“These young artists have a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase their talents at a prodigious international festival,” said Councillor Blais. “I am hopeful that my donation will help alleviate some financial burden of students paying their way to Scotland.”
The Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School students were nominated by the Great Canadian Theatre Company to perform in the renowned 2014 American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF). These students will be the only 6th Canadian high school to perform at the AHSTF in the past 20 years.
“Our students would like to thank Councillor Blais for this very generous donation”, said Sonya Schrum, Department Head of Music, Math, and Drama at Sir Wilfrid Laurier secondary School. “It is very encouraging to see Councillor Blais being active in the local arts community.”
The funding was raised by private donors through the annual Stephen Blais Golf Classic and donated on behalf of Action Orléans – a not-for-profit club that has been helping sports and other groups throughout Ottawa.
“Investing in amateur arts is an essential component to help ensure all of us enjoy a thriving community,” added Councillor Blais. “As a community conscientious elected official, I want to do my part to help groups with private rather than public donations.”
Photo caption: Councillor Stephen Blais presents the cheque to Sonya Schrum -Department Head of Music, Math, and Drama at Sir Wilfrid Laurier secondary School.