The Tara Lynne Touesnard Memorial Award was founded in February 1995 and is given annually in memory of Tara Lynne, a young fiddler dedicated to old time fiddling who possessed a concern of community affairs and a willingness to share her talents.
The award is presented to a person who best exemplifies the qualities of Tara Lynne, her dedication to the preservation and enhancement of old time fiddling, devotion to community service and her pleasant and outgoing personality.
The award is made up of two parts, the Memorial and a trophy that is presented to the individual.
The award is a wooden piece hand carved by Moncton artist Mr Reinis Freimanis and consists of a Mahogany base, a flameless candle and holder, two stemmed roses, one white and one dark, situated to the left of the piece; a violin and bow with music stand and sheet music of Jim Hardy’s composition “In Memory of Tara Lynne”
- The burning candle and holder to the right means life.
- Blossoms on the right side with stems pointing left mean brightness
- White Rose means life Dark Rose means death
- Violin is soul of the girl; symbol of her music.
The individual trophy is made up in the form of an open book with laminated pictures of Tara Lynne on the left and the Memorial on the right. The recepients name and year are engraved on the trophy
Nominations for the award may be sent to the
Secretary of the Maritime Fiddlers Association.
1995 Ivan & Vivian Hicks
1996 Jim Delaney
1997 Keith Ross
1998 Lee Lowerison
1999 Ron Noiles
2000 Ernest Despres
2001 Lorimer Higgins
2002 Jocelyn Bourque
2003 Kimberley Holmes
2004 Jamie & Liz Durning
2005 Garold Hanscom
2006 Jack Sibley
2007 Lloyd Tattrie
2008 Art Benedict
2009 Raymond & Marlene MacDonald
2010 Gordon Spears
2011 Al McVicar
2012 R Douglas Morash
2013 Helen Edgar
2014 Susie Eisan
2015 Krista Touesnard
2016 Ken Wood
2017 Mary Smith
2018 Susan Butler