Glorene Ellis was honored as the Female Citizen of the Year as the Stettler Regional Board of Trade hosted its annual Citizens of the Year and Business Awards Night on Oct. 22 at Stettler Community Hall.
“I will forever cherish my memories of the concerts, productions, friendships and the creative talents shared with Stettler,” said Ellis, who has been active for over 20 years promoting and building local arts with Heartland Arts Troupe Society, Stettler and District Music Festival and Stettler Variety Showcase, a performer and leader.
She was appointed in May to the board of the Alberta Foundation of the Arts as the central Alberta representative for a three-year term by Culture and Community Spirit Minister Lindsay Blackett.
“I have been blessed and you have all along supported and been very vocal with your appreciation of these endeavors,” said Ellis who has lived in Stettler for over 30 years.
“This community was welcoming venue for a young couple- there was something to get involved in and when I got involved with the arts, I found my passion.”
Ellis was lauded by Dorothy Hebert who nominated her and read her profile.
Glorene Ellis has lived in Stettler for 31 years and has been married to her husband David for 37.
Glorene has been a driving force in both Heartland Arts Troupe Society and Just Friends singing group.
In 1987, Just Friends was established after a small group of coffee friends who wanted to sing recruited Glorene to help direct as well as play the piano.
This group of singing friends performed at music festivals, seniors’ lodges, community events and retreats.
In June, the group had a most rewarding and uplifting performance when Just Friends, including Glorene, sang at the Relay for Life for Cancer in Stettler.
She joined the Heartland Arts Troupe in the 1990s and after Noeline Brockly left, she started to direct, produce, make props, whatever needed to be done.
To date, she has directed 12 plays and musicals including Nusence, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Musician, Fiddler on the Roof and most recently, My Fair Lady.
These productions are a huge undertaking for such a small community but she achieved great success.
Glorene was very active in researching, raising funds and obtaining a new grand piano for Stettler Performing Arts Centre.
She was given an award for her contribution to the arts as it is one of her great passions.
Glorene has volunteered her time with several organizations including Moms and Tots group at Stettler United Church.
She was one of the first two Stettler helpline coordinators putting emergency call systems into many seniors’ homes.
Glorene also coached young children’s softball and soccer.
For many years, she served as a member of Stettler Variety Showcase, being responsible for initially recommending performances for Stettler as a member of the PAC board.
Glorene has always had a soft spot for seniors and those who do not fit what is thought of as the “normal mould”.
She has spent countless hours on the telephone and visiting friends with those in the community who need that extra attention.
She also seems to form a special bond with each and every child who gets involved in the theatre.