Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper (left) presents Colleen Venables with the city’s latest Recognition of Excellence award.

Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper (left) presents Colleen Venables with the city’s latest Recognition of Excellence award.

Teen recognized for excellence

The latest City of Armstrong Recognition of Excellence award winner was given an extra special presentation from Mayor Chris Pieper.

Colleen Venables is better at music than drawing.

The latest City of Armstrong Recognition of Excellence award winner was given an extra special presentation from Mayor Chris Pieper.

It was a picture of city hall that Venables drew in crayon on May 26, 2003 when she won a Mayor for the Day contest.

“Oh my gosh, that’s awful,” laughed Venables when she saw the drawing which had been framed by then-Mayor Jerry Oglow and which hangs in Armstrong city hall.

While she doesn’t get to keep her own drawing, Venables, 17, was presented with another framed certificate, this one from the city for her remarkable achievements.

Venables has won many first place showings at B.C. performing arts festivals, and took top prize at the 2012 Canadian national music festival.

“These things are just the tip of the iceberg with respect to the accomplishments in her short life,” said Pieper.

Venables has been playing music since she was nine, picking up the violin following a start with the piano.

As a solo artist, Venables has twice been featured at Canada’s Rising Stars concert and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony, Okanagan Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Calgary Civic Orchestra.