Honourary Members are a revered group appointed by the board to recognize their significant contributions to contemporary Canadian craft, including the recipients of the Robert Jekyll Award. The list of honourary members also acknowledges members from the previous incarnation of the Canadian Crafts Federation, the Canadian Crafts Council.
Robert Jekyll, Ontario
Stained glass artist Robert Jekyll is the founding president of the CCF/FCMA and has been closely associated with the development of stained glass in Canada. Jekyll helped guide the Canadian Crafts Federation through change and is a significant force in the craft, visual art and design movements. In 2010 Jekyll was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Named after his leadership, the Robert Jekyll Award is a prestigious honour to recognize an invaluable citizen of craft.
Charles Lewton-Brain, Alberta
Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain (Calgary, AB) is the former President of the CCF/FCMA. He has trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States. Since 1986 he has lived in Calgary and served 19 years as the head of the Jewellery and Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art + Design.
Jean Johnson, Ontario
Jean Johnson’s professional and volunteer career spanned 65 years. She was a passionate supporter of Craft Ontario, serving on numerous committees and as a board member.
“My participation is based on the potential to make something exciting, new and important happen.”
– Jean Johnson, 2008
Marilyn Stothers, Manitoba
Marilyn was one of the first quilters to perfect a method of machine-piecing and appliqueing thin strands of curved patchwork. Eventually, she wrote a book, Curved Strip-Piecing, to share this skill with others. She is internationally renowned, exhibiting her quilts in the Ottawa Parliament building and worldwide.
Information gathered from Quilt Inspiration: http://quiltinspiration.blogspot.com/2010/03/curves-colors-contrasts-artistry-of.html
Simon Wroot, Alberta
Simon Wroot is a metal artist who became the CCF/FCMA President of the Board of Directors with over a decade of history with the organization. Trained as a jewellery artist, he is known for creating small detailed landscape sculptures.
Jane Kenyon, British Columbia
Jane Kenyon began working as a medical doctor, eventually studying and working as an artist full-time in 1993.
Deborah Dumka, British Columbia
Ann Roberts, Ontario
Michael Hosaluk, Saskatchewan
Charllotte Kwon, British Columbia
Anne Manuel, Newfoundland
Tom McFall, Alberta
Maegan Black, New Brunswick
Maegen Black held the position of Executive Director for the Canadian Crafts Federation for more than 16 years. Throughout her tenure, she played a pivotal role in advocating for the national craft voice of its members.
Dr. Sandra Afoldy (Post Humous)
Her outstanding accomplishments as a teacher, researcher, curator, author, and historian have earned her the CCF/FCMA’s first posthumous recognition for the Robert Jekyll Award after her unexpected passing in 2019.
Louise Lemieux Bérubé,
2020 Laureate for the Robert Jekyll Award