HUNTSVILLE, ON – Huntsville is honouring one of its own with an award, named after a “visionary”.

The “Bill Award” is given out annually to a local performing artist selected by a jury. This year’s winner was Sarah Spring. It was given to Spring at this week’s municipal council meeting.

One of the jurors deciding the award winner, Julie Cochrane, said “Sarah Spring is a native of Huntsville, Ontario and the epitome of what music symbolizes. Over the last 20 years, Sarah has taught piano to the young and old, and sparked musical joy throughout our community with her creative and heartfelt performances.”

“Sarah is one of the most kind, giving, and inspirational musicians that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and would be the first person to support our community.”

Before giving the award to Spring, Mayor Scott Aitchison said, “I am proud to present an award that shows performing artists that we appreciate them and the great value add to our community.”

The Bill award honours entertainment visionary and hospitality ambassador Maurice Willard “Bill” Waterhouse, 1935-2015, long-time owner and operator of Deerhurst Resort. Bill was an avid supporter of live entertainment.

Applications for The Bill Award 2019, planned for presentation in 2020, will be available online in early 2020. Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply in future years with an updated entry.