Revy Rocks!

By David F. Rooney

There was a decent-sized and very appreciative crowd, popcorn and lots of fun at last Friday’s Revy Rocks All-Ages Talent Show at the Community Centre. (I apologize for the lateness of this post but I’ve been awfully tired in the wake of my heart attack and photographer Andrea Lawson had some technical issues she had to deal with, too).

And there were some pretty good prizes, too.

To make this night possible, The Revelstoke Self Advocates applied for and received, the Self Advocacy Seeding Innovation (SASI) grant, awarded by the BC Association for Community Living (BCACL). With this grant, the Revelstoke Self Advocates wanted to give something back to their community. Aiming to provide an evening of family fun, the Self Advocates came up with the idea of hosting an all ages talent show.

Who are the Revelstoke Self Advocates? The Self Advocates are a group of individuals with developmental disabilities, living in Revelstoke, who advocate on behalf of themselves and others. Revelstoke’s Self Advocates work hard to make positive changes in their community, and in the lives of others. They find others who share the same kind of concerns, and work together towards change.┬áThe Talent Show was in partnership with BCACL and Community Connections.

So… who won? I thought you’d never ask. Here’s the list of winners, followed by photos of the performers.

First Place Winner $500 – Hailey Christie-Hoyle (singing)
Second Place Winner $250 – Fuse (rock band) Kade Hansen, Rhys Evans, Tashi Townley, Logan Davis, and Everitt Hawthorne
Third Place Winner $100 – Kenzie Hollenberg (singing)

Most Original Winner $50 – Garrett Cooper (Drum Solo)
Most Creative Winner $50 – Bex Reid-Parkin & Danica Parkin

First place winner Hailey Christie-Hyle poses with fellow contestant Kimberly Howard at the Revy Rocks All-Ages Talent Show last Friday. Photo courtesy of Andrea Lawson
The boys in Fuse won second prize. Photo courtesy of Andrea Lawson
Kenzie Hollenberg won third prize in the contest, which was held at the Community Centre.Photo courtesy of Andrea Lawson
Dancers Beth Battersby and Alexis Templeton, who competed in the contest. Photo courtesy of Andrea Lawson
Bex Reid Parkin poses with her Zumba dance crew, the Lil' and Big Stars. Photo courtesy of Andrea Lawson
Drum Soloist Garrett Cooper was the most original performer. Photo courtesy of Andrea Lawson
Self Advocate John Bishop poses with fellow volunteer Shannon Moorehead. Photo courtesy of Andrea Lawson
Self Advocate Tony Bucovaz was one of the many volunteers at the talent show. Photo courtesy of Andrea Lawson