Bailey, Colleen (Cadieux)

(1951 - )

Colleen is Sundre's "Lady of the Theatre" and is one of the driving forces behind the Peak Theatre Players.

Colleen was born in Ottawa, Ontario on October 15, 1951. Her parents, Flora and Ron Cadieux, raised four children - daughters Hope and Colleen and their brothers, Ron and Lee.

It was her sister, Hope, who first cast Colleen in the leading roles in a series of plays she had written and directed. The girls were voracious readers, and their plays were inspired by literature, especially the story Anne of Green Gables.

The Cadieux children attended a Catholic School taught by nuns. Colleen was involved in the Speech Arts, but the piano was her artistic outlet from Grades 2 through 11. Years later, Colleen learned that it was her maternal grandmother, a concert pianist, who paid for the girls' music lessons.

At Carleton University, Colleen chose to follow her passion, literature. She received a Degree in English Literature with a minor in Psychology. Colleen also obtained her Bachelor of Education Degree at Ottawa University.

The year was 1970 and only 1 per cent of the graduating class got jobs. Colleen found work teaching in lower-town Ottawa, filling in for a maternity leave. While there, she used drama as a tool to bond with her students.

Colleen married Brian Bailey in May of 1979 and moved to Calgary and later to Sundre. The lives of the Bailey family, Colleen, Brian and their daughter Meg, centered around the Arts.

Colleen's peers give her credit for the creation and success of the Peak Theatre Players for the past twenty years.

Her work as an Early Childhood Educator, her gifted acting abilities and exceptional directing skills has captured the admiration of the people who know her.

"Lady of the Theatre"

Colleen Bailey is Sundre's "Lady of the Theatre." When she is performing, she reaches out to the audience to bring them into the world of her character. She has a way of catching the essence of making you believe she is the character and she does it her way, as only Colleen can. Lost in the fantasy of the performance, the audience knows that no one else can do it better. Colleen has an amazing way of creating magical moments. She is inspirational in her interactions, in her classroom, and especially on the stage of the theatre.

"Mrs. Bailey! Mrs. Bailey!" Children have been exclaiming her name since she came to Sundre to teach Early Childhood Education in 1979. She became a source of light to the children and to their parents. Soon the town began to hear her name in another newsbeat. A new group called Peak Theatre Players was hitting the headlines and Colleen Bailey illuminated the stage in her performances with the cast. A star was unfolding.

Colleen's enthusiasm for the arts comes from her soul. You can see it on her face when she talks about the Sundre Arts Development Centre that began as a dream of Colleen Bailey and other dedicated people who loved the arts. Colleen gives credit to the rise of Peak Theatre Players to everyone associated. Her peers say that "Without a doubt, the success of Peak Theatre for the past 20 years has been largely the result of Colleen's gift."

Colleen Bailey is honoured for her lasting contribution to the arts. Her acting is an expression of who she is, "Sundre's Leading Lady of the Stage."

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