Veronica Funk takes her art seriously. In fact, she believes that the arts saved her.

With a family history of clinical depression, addictions and suicide, she has found solace in the act of creativity.

An artist since she was a child, Funk went on to study Arts and Design at Red Deer College.

“I really don’t remember a time that I haven’t been drawn to the arts,” she says.

She adds that a community without art is deprived of life and vibrancy.

“Throughout the many years I have lived in Airdrie, my focus as an artist has always been to collaborate. Whether it has been to share my skills and experience in the schools or assisting in the arts in the broader community,” she says.

Michelle Wagner nominated Funk for the Amazing Cultural Ambassador Award, saying the artist has been a key contributor in developing Airdrie’s culture landscape.

“Her dedication and passion for bringing arts and culture to our community is easily demonstrated through her workshops, public art, publications as well her volunteer and paid work with organizations such as Creative Airdrie, ARTember, the Airdrie Public Library and Bert Church Theatre,” Wagner adds.