Theatre Ancaster awards John Nielsen Award to Joanne Baker

Community Aug 18, 2016 by Lindsay Jones Ancaster News

It was a heartwarming scene at Theatre Ancaster’s annual barbecue as a standing ovation and cheers of support marked the announcement of Joanne Baker as the 2016 recipient of the John Nielsen Award.

The memorial award honours John Nielsen, Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years prior to his death in 2003. Nielsen had a long history of public service in the community and with Theatre Ancaster.

Al Croxall, one of the company’s founding members, said Baker “has always been there for Theatre Ancaster.”

“We have grown from an informal group of friends putting on a show to our significant community presence today,” said Croxall. “It’s time to honour the countless contributions Joanne has made.”

Baker has been a key member of Theatre Ancaster since its inception, bringing tireless dedication, expertise and determination through the company’s developing years. Once Theatre Ancaster officially formed, Baker offered her expertise as a problem solver, ticketing agent, computer resource support, singer, costume and drape maker, set painter and board member. She has also managed the production of promotional posters and programs for the last 12 years.

Fellow chorister Barb Bodner said, “If there is a problem, Joanne will help to solve it in any area of the production. She has stepped in to work the sound board, to lug supplies and to arrange risers. She has always done whatever is needed, no questions asked.”

Baker also lends her expertise as librarian, stand-in conductor and section leader, and maintains the online music program so choristers can fully rehearse their arrangements.

The John Nielsen Award honours volunteer leaders in the community theatre company, and every year the nominations are an honour in their own right.

This year’s nominees included Michelle Smith, Laura Bottrell, Michelle Chin and Mary Jonker.

As Theatre Ancaster prepares to debut the largest season in its 20-year history, Baker’s influence is evident in every corner, said Croxall.

“It is community members like Joanne who have helped to shape the once fledgling community theatre into the success that it is today,” he said.

Theatre Ancaster awards John Nielsen Award to Joanne Baker

Community Aug 18, 2016 by Lindsay Jones Ancaster News

It was a heartwarming scene at Theatre Ancaster’s annual barbecue as a standing ovation and cheers of support marked the announcement of Joanne Baker as the 2016 recipient of the John Nielsen Award.

The memorial award honours John Nielsen, Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years prior to his death in 2003. Nielsen had a long history of public service in the community and with Theatre Ancaster.

Al Croxall, one of the company’s founding members, said Baker “has always been there for Theatre Ancaster.”

“We have grown from an informal group of friends putting on a show to our significant community presence today,” said Croxall. “It’s time to honour the countless contributions Joanne has made.”

“If there is a problem, Joanne will help to solve it in any area of the production.”

Baker has been a key member of Theatre Ancaster since its inception, bringing tireless dedication, expertise and determination through the company’s developing years. Once Theatre Ancaster officially formed, Baker offered her expertise as a problem solver, ticketing agent, computer resource support, singer, costume and drape maker, set painter and board member. She has also managed the production of promotional posters and programs for the last 12 years.

Fellow chorister Barb Bodner said, “If there is a problem, Joanne will help to solve it in any area of the production. She has stepped in to work the sound board, to lug supplies and to arrange risers. She has always done whatever is needed, no questions asked.”

Baker also lends her expertise as librarian, stand-in conductor and section leader, and maintains the online music program so choristers can fully rehearse their arrangements.

The John Nielsen Award honours volunteer leaders in the community theatre company, and every year the nominations are an honour in their own right.

This year’s nominees included Michelle Smith, Laura Bottrell, Michelle Chin and Mary Jonker.

As Theatre Ancaster prepares to debut the largest season in its 20-year history, Baker’s influence is evident in every corner, said Croxall.

“It is community members like Joanne who have helped to shape the once fledgling community theatre into the success that it is today,” he said.

Theatre Ancaster awards John Nielsen Award to Joanne Baker

Community Aug 18, 2016 by Lindsay Jones Ancaster News

It was a heartwarming scene at Theatre Ancaster’s annual barbecue as a standing ovation and cheers of support marked the announcement of Joanne Baker as the 2016 recipient of the John Nielsen Award.

The memorial award honours John Nielsen, Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years prior to his death in 2003. Nielsen had a long history of public service in the community and with Theatre Ancaster.

Al Croxall, one of the company’s founding members, said Baker “has always been there for Theatre Ancaster.”

“We have grown from an informal group of friends putting on a show to our significant community presence today,” said Croxall. “It’s time to honour the countless contributions Joanne has made.”

“If there is a problem, Joanne will help to solve it in any area of the production.”

Baker has been a key member of Theatre Ancaster since its inception, bringing tireless dedication, expertise and determination through the company’s developing years. Once Theatre Ancaster officially formed, Baker offered her expertise as a problem solver, ticketing agent, computer resource support, singer, costume and drape maker, set painter and board member. She has also managed the production of promotional posters and programs for the last 12 years.

Fellow chorister Barb Bodner said, “If there is a problem, Joanne will help to solve it in any area of the production. She has stepped in to work the sound board, to lug supplies and to arrange risers. She has always done whatever is needed, no questions asked.”

Baker also lends her expertise as librarian, stand-in conductor and section leader, and maintains the online music program so choristers can fully rehearse their arrangements.

The John Nielsen Award honours volunteer leaders in the community theatre company, and every year the nominations are an honour in their own right.

This year’s nominees included Michelle Smith, Laura Bottrell, Michelle Chin and Mary Jonker.

As Theatre Ancaster prepares to debut the largest season in its 20-year history, Baker’s influence is evident in every corner, said Croxall.

“It is community members like Joanne who have helped to shape the once fledgling community theatre into the success that it is today,” he said.