The South Simcoe Arts Council is saddened to hear about the loss of one of its finest original founding members “Betty Tomlinson Anderson” who was instrumental in the formation of the New Tecumseth & Area Arts Council in 1991. Betty worked in unison with the founding members as well as the Council of the Town of New Tecumseth; to foster the cultural enrichment of New Tecumseth and Area by developing a widespread appreciation of, support for and involvement with the arts. Under her presidency, the New Tecumseth and Area Arts Council flourished and the Allan Anderson Young Writers’ Memorial Award came into being. At the suggestion of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the arts council eventually took on the name as we know it today.
A stalwart supporter of keeping the “arts alive” through the years; Betty Anderson’s enthusiasm and love of the arts will be missed but not forgotten. The South Simcoe Arts Council has recently announced it’s “Creative Works, Youth Writing Contest” dedicating the Allan Anderson Award to the Teen Short Story. Even in most recent days Betty was enlighten by this literary project!