On Tuesday September 18th, 2012 at the Rose Theatre during the Mayor’s Luncheon of the Arts, Owner & Artistic Director of JHHA, Jade Jager Clark was named the Brampton Arts Council 2012 Arts Person of the Year. At 24 years old she is the youngest recipient ever. To her surprise she received a standing ovation and recognition with additional certificates and plaques from the region, the province, Members of Parliament and the Mayor herself, not to mention an article on the front page of the Brampton Guardian the following day. It was a tremendous honour.
The award is annually given to an individual whose involvement in the arts has had a significant impact in the development of the arts in the City of Brampton. During her acceptance speech Jade continued to advocate for the importance of dance in our community citing the positive benefits of dance, Brampton’s vibrant dance studio community and that dance teams can be funded and supported as sports teams. She concluded with saying;
“I think it is important that kids get to experience how they can use their talent in positive ways to inspire and give back to their communities and see that they can use the Art of Dance to make a difference……… and if that takes volunteering hundreds of hours of my time in addition to my work than so be it. I will continue doing what I’m doing to help our youth and develop dance in our community. “
Jade would like to thank her Mom, JHHA family and friends who believed in her and have supported her throughout all the years. It has been an incredible journey and there is so much more to come!!
To see the full Award Ceremony and Acceptance Speech Video CLICK HERE