Heather Joosten-Fair and Annette Jakubowski recognized in the arts
Annette Jakubowski and Heather Joosten-Fair share a vision and passion for dance, and bringing out the best in every individual.
Over the past 26 years, they have made it possible for hundreds of dancers to receive excellent training on Canada’s West Coast, including some who are now recognized around the world.
In accepting the award, the joint recipients reflected on former Review publisher Ethel Tibbits, who Joosten-Fair said is an example of strength and courage who helped pave the way for women today.
“She was so generous, she cared about our community and all the citizens and that is what makes this award so special to us.”
Jakubowski gave special thanks to teachers and school administrators who have adjusted the schedules of academy students—so they can train and be successful. She also noted the academy’s success in attracting boys to dance and the rewards of seeing their students entertain others.
“Our best days are when we can go into hospitals, or seniors’ homes or schools, participate in community events with our dancers—it gives us such joy.”
Also nominated: Elsa Rojas Marquez.