A true patron of the arts, Heather McKinnon is a strong supporter and volunteer for a number of arts organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador. For 15 years, she has generously provided her time and talents to groups that include the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO, Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir, and For the Love of Learning.
Heather is, in fact, a founding board member for Cantus Vocum and has sat on the boards for each of the other aforementioned organizations at one time or another. She is not only regularly referenced as a reliable and vibrant volunteer - Heather takes part in the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO as a member of the alto section – putting money where her mouth is, getting directly involved.
The NSO’s annually anticipated presentation of Handel’s Messiah at the Basilica also has Heather’s touch. The large choir requires eighty-plus seats at the front, and given the presentation isn’t at a performance venue, Heather steps in to provide the chairs every year. On top of that, she oversees their delivery, setup, and return; Heather’s well-known as a go-getter who takes care of business, often doing more than her fair share of stage setup in general.
Heather also makes the most of her role as the Operations Manager with the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre (St. John’s), ensuring that corporate sponsorship gets as much mileage as possible. She has commendations for her dedicated support from the NSO, TaDa Events, Our Divas, the Newfoundland Screech Comedy Festival, the Tuckamore Festival, Memorial University’s School of Music, Shallaway and Festival 500. Still this isn’t an exhaustive list, and each of these organizations partially attributes their longevity to Heather’s support.
For more info on the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council visit www.nlac.ca
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