Creator of Yukon’s Blue Feather Music Celebration wins GG award

Gary Bailie describes an old saying when he aims to sum up his journey with Whitehorse’s Blue Feather Music Festival.

“If you wish to go quick, then you take a trip alone. If you want to go far, then you take a trip together.”

He founded the celebration 18 years ago in memory of his late partner.The festival

, now held each fall, is a celebration of Native music from throughout Canada. It’s a substance-free, two-day event, which is largely run and organized by youths who are given the chance to discover brand-new skills.As the celebration

‘s lead organizer, Bailie has been granted a Guv General’s Meritorious Service award. It existed to him by outbound Yukon commissioner Doug Phillips at a ceremony in Whitehorse on Wednesday afternoon.It was Phillips’last official function as commissioner prior to retiring. Yukon commissioner Doug Phillips providing a Governor General’s Meritorious Service award to Gary Bailie, in Whitehorse. (Mike Rudyk/CBC )” One of the important things I focused on my term was the Commissioner’s Awards in acknowledging Yukoners for their excellent deeds,”he stated. “I think [Bailie] is simply an example of what Yukoners

perform in this area to make it such a fantastic place. They do not just volunteer for one organization, they help out individuals wherever they can and Gary is a champ because.”Three years back, Bailie was also given a Guv General’s Caring Canadian award for his work with the Kwanlin Koyotes Ski Club.Mentoring youths Bailie, a member of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, states heaven Plume celebration was initially intended to be a

one-off event, however its success kept it going. “Year after year, individuals everyone simply kept returning and saying,’Hey, let’s do this again,'” Bailie said.”The whole concept has actually been actually accepted by a great deal of people.

“Gary Bailie at the Blue Plume Music Festival in Whitehorse in 2013.(Harry Kern/Blue Feather Music Celebration)At the celebration, young people are mentored in numerous roles, from stage management to

audio and lighting production.”These abilities are transferable– they can take them on and become professionals in the field if they prefer to,”

Bailie stated.”For any person who thinks the celebration is simply a bunch of kids messing around, kid I’ll tell you– they’ve got a surprise,

since the festival production worth is over the top! “Bailie is popular around Whitehorse not simply for his deal with Blue Plume

, but likewise the Kwanlin Koyotes Ski Club. Bailie was as soon as a National Junior ski employee, and now runs the club as a method to assist young people stay healthy, active and on the land. He grooms and keeps a small network of public-use routes in Whitehorse’s McIntyre subdivision.The program has grown a lot for many years and he stated

it’s a big endeavor.”When you have the kids going on a schedule, the last thing you want to do is disappoint them,”he said. On top of all those dedications, Bailie’s likewise raising his two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter.

‘One of the most generous individuals ‘Sean Sheardown, a veteran pal, said no one

deserves a Meritorious Service award more than Bailie.’ … at the end of the day it’s the group that gets

it done.’ -Gary Bailie”The entire time I have understood him, he is just one of the most generous individuals you

are ever going to meet, and is constantly seeking to see how he can contribute to the neighborhood, and to assist other people out, and provide his time to make other individuals’s better

,”Sheardown said.< img src =!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/original_620/sean-sheardown-gary-bailie.JPG alt =" Sean Sheardown, Gary Bailie"width =100 %> Sean Sheardwon and Gary Bailie in Whitehorse.( Sean Sheardown)Bailie stated he’s honoured to get the award, however firmly insists the festival is constantly a synergy.” I am committing this award toSean Sheardown, Gary Bailie

the Blue Plume team, since we are a group,”he said.”Although I am

taking a leading function in it and producing it and whatever, at the end of the day it’s the team that gets it done.”


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