Congratulations Nate Shepherd and David Norsworthy, the two recipients of the Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award of 2016.


Nate Shepherd

He is a self-taught filmmaker, photographer and graphic artist currently studying at the University of Toronto to become a Cinematic Specialist. His submission for the award was a sampling of his photography portfolio.

In 2015 he completed his first short film, The Unframed Window. The short film is a story of hope and determination on the subject of autism. His work has engaged international audiences online and has been exhibited and displayed throughout Mississauga. In his own words, Nate’s work “aims to bring back that sense of imagination we all feel as children, a desire to explore worlds unknown and to change what we have for the better”.

Nate Shepherd, City Lights, Digital Photography
Nate Shepherd, Hot Air Balloons Mississauga, Digital Photography
Nate Shepherd, Smoke Shirt, Digital Photography
Nate Shepherd, Time is Water, Digital Photography


David Norsworthy

David Norsworthy a Mississauga-born Dance artist who attended Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Drama Program and went on to study at The Julliard School in New York.

He is the Founder of FRESH Dance Intensive and the Co-Founder of TOES FOR DANCE. Through FRESH he has facilitated workshops in Mississauga at studios including Dance PAC and Studio A. Through TOES FOR DANCE he has produced and performed in four full length contemporary dance productions at venues including Meadowvale Theatre.


We'd like to also make four honorable mentions to artists who provided inspiring submissions:

  • Ian Macintyre - Visual Arts-painting
  • Raymond Tonga - Illustration/Digital Art
  • Elise Mariah - Performing Arts
  • Mileena Yousoufy - Performing Arts