City Announces New Culture Director

The City of Mississauga has appointed Paul Damaso as Director, Culture Division effective March 30, 2016. Damaso has been the City’s Acting Director, Culture Division since 2015.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Paul since he joined the Community Services Department in 2010,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “Paul’s wealth of experience will serve him well as he continues to lead his team through sound leadership, guidance and excellence as they continue to deliver impressive culture programing within the community.”

Reporting to the Commissioner, Community Services, Damaso will be responsible for managing all business functions of the Culture Division including responsibility for Museums of Mississauga, Heritage, Cultural Planning, Public Art, Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga Celebration Square, Culture Programs and the Film Office.

In his previous role, Damaso was the Manager of Celebration Square before becoming Manager, Culture Operations. Prior to joining the City, Damaso held roles including the Manager of Children and Youth Services with St. Christopher House, Director of National Projects with ParticipACTION, Project Manager with the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services and Executive Director of Brampton Safe City.

Damaso joined the City as Manager of Corporate Marketing and Promotions in 2005.

Damaso holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from York University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester.

Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award

Ron Lenyk was a passionate devotee of the arts and advocate of youth.  As CEO of the Living Arts Centre he was thrilled about introducing young people to the arts, supporting youth education and was quoted saying “to see the excitement on their faces. And to think one day they will be the performers and artists at the LAC. I relish the contribution they can make to the community.” In memory of Ron’s commitment to his community, generous spirit, and love of the arts, the Living Arts Centre has created the Ron Lenyk, Inspiring Youth Arts Awards.

The Ron Lenyk, Inspiring Youth Arts Awards are designed to support, foster and celebrate young talent in Mississauga. Annually up to two $2,500 awards will be presented to individuals aged 12 to 25 who have contributed to the growing art scene within the Mississauga and have begun to establish themselves and make an impact in their chosen field. Excellence in the fields of literary arts, media arts, performing arts and visual arts will be considered. Continue reading Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award

Cawthra Park Choirs Singing to Build Schools in Togo, Africa

‘Evening of Song’ to build schools in Togo, Africa

Like the individual notes that shape a melody, people together can create an event that resounds mightily. ‘Evening of Song’ is such an event.

First United Church (Port Credit) and St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill United Church are partnering with two award winning Cawthra Park Secondary School choirs – Les Belles Classiques and The Chamber Choir – to raise funds for SET ( Support Education Togo) to build a school in Togo, Africa. Not only have these choirs won numerous competitions, but they have performed with many professional groups including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

In 2011 Bob Barclay, a Mississauga resident and retired Scotia Bank vice-president, along with three others, founded SET, a registered Canadian charity. The group, visiting Togo for the first time, were appalled by the condition of many school buildings. Simple thatched lean-tos, these classrooms were open to weather as well as vermin living in the thatch. They returned to Canada determined to make a difference. Since then, SET has worked with local Togo communities and NGOs to construct ten durable concrete schools, with an eleventh nearing completion. SET funds may also provide furnishings, scholarships, library and school supplies, water and sanitation facilities for the schools. As SET’s Togolese partner says, “Water is life but education is the future.”

Every dollar raised through this concert will be used in the actual building of schools in Togo. Come to enjoy these talented young voices raised in an ‘Evening of Song’ that will resonate around the world. Be part of building a brighter, hopeful future.

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EVENT DATE: Sat. April 30, 2016 – 7:00p.m.

LOCATION: First United Church, 151 Lakeshore Rd. West, Mississauga, ON L5H 1G3