LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
John Cutruzzola was born in the small village of Gagliato, in the southern Italian region of Calabria.
Barely twenty-one years of age and the owner of a successful construction company John gained the respect and admiration of his townspeople, whom elected him Mayor of the town. Shortly thereafter, with aspirations of furthering his opportunities and education, John left for Canada. John knew his life’s work lays in the foundation and development of the artist, citizen and entrepreneur in his new country.
Inspired by his new community, John applied himself to mastering his English and technical skills, while continuing with his art studies. In the late 1960’s and 70’s, as a master builder and a passionate advocate for the development of local culture, John played an important role in developing Toronto’s now prestigious Yorkville district.
In 1972 John, relocated his home and focus to the town of Brampton. Here in this vastly emerging city, the principles of John’s life took hold. He actively immersed himself in the improvement of important cultural and artistic elements in the community. In Brampton, his dedication to the implementation of important structural elements such as Brampton City Hall, The Art Gallery of Peel, The Rose Theatre concept and other projects of significant importance to the developments of the cultural aspects of his community. He continued to exemplify these priorities in his personal life by honing his skills as a visual artist, and as a Tenor. As an advocate for the arts he continues to support various artistic endeavor in the community. John has been actively involved with several organizations. Among them, the Brampton Arts Council, the Board of Trade, the Theatre Advisory Board, and the Art Gallery of Peel. Additionally, John’s strong sense of gratitude towards Canada motivated him to involve himself in the issues such as integrity, transparency and accountability in the institutions of our great country.
In recognition of his dedication to his community and his pursuit of artistic and cultural progress, John has been recognized with multiple awards. Among them, Les Carbot Award from the Canadian Art Council, the 2004 Art Person of the Year, the 1993 Business Person of the Year and the 2007 Citizen of the Year.
John’s sense of principles, community and creativity has been the driving force that motivates and inspires him. John holds firm to the belief that art, culture and philanthropy are at the foundation of a healthy and flourishing community.
John has a deep sense of fairness and disdain of injustice. He believes that integrity is a necessary asset for a successful life. By nature, human error is inevitable. However, one should always compensate for the wrongs one does. With the ability to prosper also lies the obligation towards the betterment of the community within.
Consequently, come the restlessness, the search, and the passion of the Artist to capture that moment, the impatience, and the urgency to understand, to implement and to improve.
With no great ambitions of fame or recognition, John does not feel the need to follow the study of one particular subject matter or the practice of one rigidly imposed style. John is free to employ all techniques and mediums to capture and embody his inspirations.
Frank Callega in the Toronto Star, September 1998 stated; “It’s with an artist’s eye that builder John Cutruzzola views the urban landscape around him. And it’s with the same eye for form, function and colour that he and the Inzola Group, of which he is president, are helping to inject new life into Brampton’s historical downtown.” In John’s words in the same article “as a builder and resident of Brampton, my view is that money cannot be the total end – my adopted hometown and my Brampton neighbors deserve more.” In the Provincial Arts Publication STRATA of January 1999 John Cutruzzola stated that “those that have the ability, also have the obligation to create wealth, not necessarily to enrich themselves, but for the benefit of the community as a whole.” No statement could better summarize the philosophy of John Cutruzzola and the Inzola Group.
List of Awards and Boards Participation over the Years
- Brampton Citizen of the Year 2007
- Brampton Art Person of the Year 2004
- Certificate of Nomination for the 1999 Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Award
- 1993 Brampton Business Person of the Year Award
- In 1992 the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada. (Presented in 1992)
- In 1991, John was honored with Les Carbot Award from the Government of Canada, through the Art Council. This award is given to persons who have made the most contributions to the betterment of the art and culture in their city.
- John is a long time member of Visual Arts Brampton
- Member of the National Art Gallery
- Member of the Brampton Arts Council
- Member of Beaux Arts Brampton
- Member of the Art Gallery of Peel Board for many years
- Member of the Theatre Advisory Board since 1989
- Appointment to two terms on the Property Standards Committee by Brampton City Council
- Board Member of the Chiropractor College of Canada
- And many other organizations over the years