Owen Sound Resident Wins Newcomer Champion Award

The organizer of Owen Sound’s Emancipation Festival has received Ontario’s Newcomer Champion Award.

Blaine Courtney was one of 15 people in the province to receive the honour for fostering a more welcoming society .

During his time as chair of the festival, Courtney worked to increase the event’s profile locally and provincial. He has also organized a Black History Event, and an Emancipation Art Show and Speakers Forum at Grey Roots Museum.