Few exemplified more the spirit of love of the Gael than the late Wilena MacInnis Penny did. Born in Cape George, she served the Antigonish Highland Society in many ways in addition to being the society’s first female President and then for several years Games Chairperson.
Wilena’s efforts helped sustain and invigorate the Highland Heart and gave an authentic voice to that which we are “Clanna Nan Giadheal” (Children of the Gael).
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the preservation of Scottish Culture and tradition, this trophy donated in her memory is presented annually to the Premier Dancer from Antigonish Town or County who accumulates the highest number of total points in the Premier Competitions. Originally, this included all events held during the games with the exception of Pre-Championships, Championships, some special events, and Restricted Premier because some dancers were ineligible to compete in these events. Today, the New Scotland Open Championship, the Florence MacMillan Flora Special Event and the Highland Heart Open Premiership contributes to the accumulations of points.
|WINNERS of the WILHENA MacINNIS PENNY AWARD|
|1995||Valerie Chisholm (tie)|
|1995||Stephanie Grant (tie)|
|1995||Kara Spencer (tie)|
|1999||Jessica McKenna (tie)|
|1999||Stephanie Grant (tie)|