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Staple of Comox Valley arts and culture scene wins prestigious award

Kirstin Humpherys wins the 2022 Nonny Milne Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts
Comox Valley Art Gallery executive director Glen Sanford presented Kirstin Humpherys with the prestigious Nonny Milne Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, at the CVAG annual general meeting on May 22.

Kirstin Humpherys is the winner of this year’s Nonny Milne Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.

Humpherys’s resume includes decades of contributions to the cultural life of Comox Valley.

She established and ran an art gallery on Hornby Island in the 1980s and 1990s, she has directed numerous plays that have been performed in the Comox Valley, she is the current vice-president of Courtenay Little Theatre’s board of directors, and she has been an active volunteer with the Little Theatre for more than a decade.

Humpherys has also used her administrative skills to support cultural groups in the Comox Valley, including serving as bookkeeper for the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre and the Comox Valley Art Gallery for several years.

The Comox Valley Art Gallery presents the Nonny Milne Award to an individual, family, or collective every year. The award is named after the late Nonny Milne, a former president of the Comox Valley Art Gallery’s board of directors who dedicated her life to supporting the arts.

The award was presented at CVAG’s Annual General Meeting on May 25. At the meeting, Jasmin Badrin was selected for another year as president of the CVAG board of directors.

The meeting also included a review of the previous year’s programming. You can see a slide show of the year in review on the Gallery website at