What is DWAC?
The Durham West Arts Centre is a 'hub' organization working to establish links with artists, arts groups and arts lovers. We want to meet and talk to the groups and individuals who are willing to help build the infrastructure for a permanent arts centre in Ajax-Pickering.

Partners and Sponsors


On November 27, 2007 The Ontario Trillium Foundation honoured six remarkable Ontario not-for-profit organizations for the difference they have made in their communities.

DWAC and Trillium Team

From left: Hugh O'Neil • Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Blair Dimock • Director of Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Management,
Lloyd White • Grant Review Chair for Durham, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge
Angie Littlefield • Durham West Arts Centre
John Ecker • Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Jon Tondeur • Grant Review Team member
Judith Hayes • Grant Review Team member

DWAC and Rotary Team

DWAC and Rotary Team from left:

David Green, Chandra Chandrakumaran, Marjorie Green, Edward Falkenberg, Angie Littlefield, Lloyd White • Grant Review Chair for Durham, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, Shashi Bhatia, John Sabean, Erin Michel, Hugh O'Neil • Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Blair Dimock • Director of Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Management, Jackie Powell • Program Manager, Province Wide

Arts and Culture: Durham West Arts Centre c/o Rotary Club of Pickering. In 2003, OTF granted the collaborative, led by the Rotary Club of Pickering, $150,000 over two years to help establish the Durham West Arts Centre organization. The funds helped an executive director and support staff to recruit business partners, volunteers and artists to implement new programs. In 2006, OTF made another grant to the Centre to help support its goal of a permanent arts centre in Durham Region.

Congratulations to other winners:

  • Sports and Recreation: Fenelon Falls Tennis Club
  • Environment: Community Stream Steward Pilot Project c/o Ontario Wildlife Foundation
  • Human and Social Services: Wraparound Northumberland
  • Exemplary volunteerism: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough
  • 25 th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for profit or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's granting priorities: Encouraging Young Readers Collaborative c/o Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough

Buckhorn, November 27, 2007 — Six remarkable Ontario not-for-profit organizations were honoured for the difference they have made in their communities at the Ontario Trillium Foundation's 25th Anniversary celebration in Buckhorn Community Centre. The award recipients were selected from among hundreds of grant recipients in the Durham, Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge area.

The Durham West Arts Centre Collaborative received the 2007 Great Grants Award for Arts and Culture for their work in the community between 2003-2006. Angie Littlefield, DWAC Executive Director for the grant period received the award on behalf of the collaborative members: The Rotary Club of Pickering, the City of Pickering, the Durham Board of Education, the Town of Ajax, the PineRidge Arts Council and the Durham West Arts Centre.

As stated in the awards program, "If you build it, they will come". In its short history, the Centre has achieved astounding results. Over the granting period, 100 community locations enjoyed arts events, including the Franklin community read-a-thon, and Reading and Remembrance a provincial project honouring veterans. The Centre's cultural connections committee co-ordinated many free multicultural music and dance events. With the determination of this energetic collaborative, "they will build it and the community will come!"

Braving white-outs to attend the Buckhorn ceremony were Chair John Sabean, Past Chair Edward Falkenberg, Special Events Chair Shashi Bhatia, Erin Michel, DWAC and DWAC Foundation Treasurer David Green, Membership Chair Marjorie Green and former Executive Director Angie Littlefield. Rotary Club of Pickering member Chandra Chandrakumaran, now on the Trillium Review Committee, was part of the great event.

"Thanks to the OTF grant, DWAC has the infrastructure to move forward. The second OTF grant and this prestigious award show that we are right on track. With the news of fantastic new staff just about to break, things will really start rolling," says Angie Littlefield. "When I worked with OTF in the south Oshawa community, we were on our third OTF grant when the City of Oshawa built the Community Centre for which our Collaborative demonstrated the need. I'm hoping that the same kind of thing will happen."

Durham West Arts Centre • 364 Kingston Road , Pickering ON Canada L1V 1A2

TEL: 905.492.2522 and 905.492.2533 • WEBSITE: dwac.ca


City of Pickering Rotary Club of Pickering Town of Ajax
Durham District School Board Durham West Arts Centre PineRidge Arts Council