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11th annual DAREarts Leadership Awards

“Marilyn Field, Founder & President of DAREarts announced today that The Right Honourable Paul Martin, 21st Prime Minister of Canada, will be presented with the 2013 Cultural Award at the 11th annual DAREarts
Leadership Awards.  The gala will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at The Arcadian Court, and will be hosted by Jeanne Beker, host of FashionTelevisionChannel and Contributing Editor to the Toronto Star.

Proceeds from the DAREarts Leadership Awards benefit DAREarts? programs that empower 10,000 underprivileged 9-to-19 year-olds in Canada yearly to escape the cycle of poverty and become leaders. The DAREarts Cultural Award is presented annually to an individual who has led the way in advancing Canadian culture in youth. Six DAREarts graduates are also presented with Leadership Awards and scholarships for turning their lives around and igniting positive change in their communities.

Paul Martin is being recognized particularly for his initiatives that have assisted the Aboriginal people of Canada,? says Marilyn Field. ?His work is in sync with the efforts of DAREarts who, since 2007, has worked with
Aboriginal youth in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia, helping them find ways to overcome the effects of isolation that can lead to substance abuse, violence and suicides.?

As Canada?s 21st Prime Minister, Mr. Martin is known for erasing Canada?s deficit and for the historical consensus with Canada?s provinces,
territories, First Nations, Métis Nation and Inuit leaders: the Kelowna Accord. He is the President and Founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative. Since his retirement from politics, Martin has continued to work
with Aboriginal communities and invested his own money in organizations. In
2008, he founded the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI), which
aims to improve elementary and secondary school education outcomes for
Aboriginal Canadians. In addition, Mr. Martin along with his son David, founded the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) fund. This $50 million private-sector investment fund involves investors from many of Canada?s largest corporations, international foundations and
private individuals to encourage increased Aboriginal participation in Canada’s economy.

Past DAREarts Cultural Award recipients include: the late contralto Maureen
Forrester, the late soprano Beverly Sills, Aline Chretien, The Honourable James K. Bartelman, Sonja & the late Thomas Bata, General Rick Hillier, George Chuvalo, Albert Schultz, Karen Kain, Paul Henderson, Eugene Levy, Second City, Robert Gillespie, Richard Patina and Charles Pachter.


Guests attending the gala will enjoy dinner prepared by Oliver & Bonacini, auctions and live entertainment. Dinner will be interspersed with the presentations of the Awards and the always-inspiring personal stories from the youth about how DAREarts has helped them change their lives for the
better.

Tickets for the DAREarts Leadership Awards are $300 or $3,000 for a
corporate table and are available online at http://www.darearts.com or by calling
1-888-540-2787. Proceeds will benefit DAREarts? outreach to empower even
more vulnerable children across Canada to become leaders.

The DAREarts Leadership Awards Presenting Sponsor is Northbridge Insurance.
Event Sponsors are Guy Carpenter and Scotiabank. Media sponsors are the new
Classical 96.3FM and The Globe & Mail.

About DAREarts:


DAREarts works annually with over 10,000 vulnerable 9-to-19 year olds in underprivileged urban and rural areas across Canada. As the children explore world cultures and paint, sculpt, sing, dance, compose, design, write, act and create alongside arts professionals, they experience a broader range of activities beyond what is available to them and learn to express themselves and problem-solve in positive ways. DAREarts students then become leaders when they are charged with the responsibility of returning to their schools and communities to teach others what they?ve learned. In 17 years, DAREarts has influenced more than 170,000 underprivileged Canadian children.

For more information, please visit http://www.darearts.com

Category: Theatre
Start Date: 2013-05-02
End Date: 2013-05-02
Venue: The Arcadian Court

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