I would like to nominate Rebecca Blackhall-Peters to receive a Vancouver Branch Award. I don’t think there is any doubt that Rebecca has met, and amply exceeded, the requirements for this award and I am happy to nominate her
Rebecca has been a stalwart member of the Vancouver Branch for over twenty years. She usually attends Branch events and participates enthusiastically. In addition, she has been a Board member, Dance Teacher at Branch classes and “Love to Dance” workshops and Director of the Branch’s Demonstration Team. As if that were not enough to qualify her for this award she has also almost single-handedly developed Scottish Country Dancing in the Fort Langley area by establishing and nurturing the Fort Langley Voyageurs. Another contribution made by Rebecca was as a member of the Tam O’Shanter Dancers in White Rock.
Rebecca is now well established as a Scottish Country Dance teacher and has been invited to teach in several overseas countries. In this respect her greatest recognition must be in teaching for several years at the RSCDS St. Andrews Summer School. I believe that her teaching all over the world has promoted and identified Vancouver Branch.
I started Scottish Country Dancing in the same beginner’s class as Rebecca and although she has long since gone beyond any skill I could ever hope to acquire, I have watched her progress with much pleasure. Therefore I consider it an honour to nominate her for the Vancouver Branch Board’s consideration.
After careful deliberations, the Branch decided to award the Branch Award to the above-names for the following reasons.
As a child in Reading, England, Simon Scott was introduced by his parents to what was to become a lifelong pursuit – Scottish Country Dancing. Not long after he moved to Canada, he began teaching classes and in 1967 he replaced his teacher, Mary Shoolbraid, as teacher at the Gleneagles Club in West Vancouver.
Simon’s teaching emphasizes the social aspects of dance while also promoting standards of excellence. He encourages those who wish to be challenged, both in their personal dancing and in learning new and less familiar dances.
As both a locally and internationally respected dancer and guest teacher, Simon has travelled extensively to teach classes within North America, and to many international locations including Australia and New Zealand. Simon has also been part of demonstrations teams in Edinburgh and Stirling, Scotland.
Over the years Simon has been a Vancouver Branch Board Member and has been a Gleneagles Rep and a Highland Games rep at Board Meetings. Simon has also been a participant and Director of the Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team.
Simon has devised numerous dances and has produced a few collections of his work. John Drewry honoured him with “Gleneagles Dominie”, Dorothy Hargreaves wrote “Vintage Simon” for him and Ian Price of the Schiehallion Band wrote a musical score entitled “Simon Scott”.
For more than 50 years, the Gleneagles Scottish Country Dance Club has been hosting an annual Ball and for most of those years Simon has served as the Master of Ceremonies, has prepared the programs and briefed the dances.
Simon’s passion for Scottish Country Dancing is contagious and whether you are in one of his classes, at a workshop or dancing in a set with him, you are sure to experience and share his joy of dancing.