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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
April 25, 2006

Wanda Koop

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce that Wanda Koop, famous artist and long-time resident of the Wolseley constituency, was recently awarded the Order of Canada.

Wanda Koop is a very deserving recipient of our nation's highest honour for lifetime achievement. She is an internationally renowned artist whose work spans three decades. She is a visual artist who works primarily in paint and video, and her art often depicts scenes of urbanization, industrialization and war. Her work challenges us to reflect upon powerful ubiquitous cultural images that confront us daily through broadcast media. Her work has been featured in over 50 solo showings in locations around the world.

Mr. Speaker, Wanda Koop is also a very deserving recipient of this honour for the work she has done in the West Broadway area. She is the founder of Art City, a storefront art centre on Broadway that provides inner city youth with a safe environment to have fun and express themselves creatively.

Art City has had a tremendously positive impact on the community. It has beautified buildings through murals and turned empty storefront windows into colourful displays and art installations. Art City also now has two annual events which are at the heart of West Broadway during the summer parade and also during their annual Halloween Howl and Haunted House. Art City has changed the lives of many neighbourhood youth who have developed new skills and confidence there, and we have Wanda, above all else, to thank for it.

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of all members, I congratulate Wanda Koop on an outstanding career as an artist and a citizen. I look forward to seeing her receive this deserved honour from Governor General Michaëlle Jean at a ceremony later this year.

Thank you very much.