Harriet is known for having a significant impact on her community through the establishment in 1980 of DancEast, a dance centre located in Moncton. In doing so, Harriet not only brought professional quality dance training to the Southeastern New Brunswick region, but also offered a place to cultivate and encourage young artists, many of whom have gone on to have illustrious careers in the arts.
“Harriet’s life and work have influenced so many, directly and indirectly,” said Steve Chrysostom, Executive Director of the Molly Kool Centre. “The committee felt that she was a modern echo of Molly Kool: capable, modest, and quietly doing what they knew to be important.”
Right: (l to r) Moranda Van Geest (President of the Elgin Eco Association and last year’s recipient), Harriet Gratian, Sophie Auffrey (Heritage Development Officer, Resurgo Place) and Steve Chrysostom (Executive Director of the Molly Kool Centre, Inc.).
Steve Chrysostom was joined by Moranda Van Geest, President of the Elgin Eco Association and last year’s recipient, in presenting the award. In addition to the award, legacy plaques with the recipient names are installed at te Molly Kool Centre in Alma and at Resurgo Place in Moncton
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