The City of Nelson and its cultural development committee have presented Nelson resident Patricia Henman with a special citation in recognition of her work fostering and furthering culture in the city.
“Pat’s contribution to the overall cultural fabric of our community has been significant, and the city is pleased to recognize her for her dedicated work,” said Joy Barrett, the city’s cultural development officer.
Henman moved to Nelson with her family in 2000, drawn by its reputation as a city with a thriving arts and culture scene. A professional performing artist for 40 years, she has produced, acted and directed in many successful plays which have toured throughout the region and the country.
Henman released her first solo album in 2011. In 2018, she and her nine siblings recorded the CD Edge of Heaven and performed sold-out concerts in Nova Scotia. In 2019, she will be directing Mamma Mia at the Capitol Theatre for Black Productions.
Henman has recently been appointed as the regional board member representing theatre for the British Columbia Arts Council.
“This is an honour, both for her and our city,” Barrett said.
Henman has been active in Nelson’s arts sector as both a volunteer and a staff member, including executive director for the Nelson and District Arts Council, and as a board member of the Amy Ferguson Institute for Music, the Nelson Chamber of Commerce, and currently at the Capitol Theatre.