|This year, ACT-CO is recognizing the accomplishments of one of our outstanding volunteers with the presentation of our Lifetime Membership Award. There are eleven people whose outstanding volunteerism to ACT-CO make them current lifetime members; tonight we are recognizing our twelfth. For her outstanding contributions to community theatre across our region, ACT-CO is pleased to present our Lifetime Membership Award with deep appreciation to MAUREEN LUKIE.
This award is in recognition of outstanding contribution, passion and integrity; three words that few people wear as well as Maureen. The reach of her contribution is broad; the passion with which she approaches every task is tremendous; and the integrity with which she acts is beyond reproach. Maureen Lukie loves theatre, and gravitates towards being involved in it. We are the lucky beneficiaries of her generosity.
Maureen is a founding member of Amicus Productions and is the glue that has held the group together for 30 years. It has been observed before that on any given day you’ll find Maureen painting sets, procuring props and costumes, designing flyers and brochures, while at the same time playing the lead in the show! She is an extremely talented artist; recognized many times on evenings like this one for her work as a director, an actor and as a designer. Community theatres that have members like Maureen know how valuable that kind of contribution—both the quantity and the quality of the work—is to the success of an organization.
But Maureen isn’t just involved in one community theatre. She has been involved with productions (and I apologize to any group I overlook) at Alumnae Theatre Company, Bloor West Village Players, Scarborough Players, Theatre Aurora, Theatre Etobicoke, Theatre Five, Theatre Next Door, Toronto Irish Players, and Yorkwoods Theatre.
Her unselfish contribution does not stop there. She was instrumental in bringing together the Downsview Park Arts Alliance, rallying the community, politicians, and city staff; and bringing together community theatres from across the City of Toronto into one space.
And for as long as many of us have known her, she has been involved in ACT-CO. If she is known as the face of ACT-CO, I don’t think we could have a better one. For over fifteen years, she served the community theatre sector across our region as a member of the ACT-CO Board, serving in the roles of President, Education Chair, Gala Chair, Newsletter Editor and member of the Theatre Ontario Board of Directors. Even though she retired from ACT-CO last June, she continued to help us out as a member of tonight’s Gala Committee. Anyone who has had to step into the shoes that she used to fill will immediately realize just how big those shoes really are.
Maureen is an inspiration to me as an artist and as a volunteer. I am privileged to be able to count her among my friends; the community theatres where she volunteers her time are privileged to have her as a member; and ACT-CO is privileged to have the contribution made to our community theatre family by this extraordinary, awesome person. Please join me in welcoming to the stage, our recipient of ACT-CO’s Lifetime Membership, MAUREEN LUKIE.