Peter has been programming and promoting festival events since February 2009.
During that time he has seen the festival grow to support twice as many events as when he first arrived and helped to expand the programme right across the full length and breadth of the region.
“As well as extending the geographical area of the festival, we are now attracting a different range of people to our performances,” Peter said, “and we have a remit that is as much about promoting venues and performers from the region as it is bringing quality performing arts to as many people as possible, including those who live in the remoter parts of Dumfries and Galloway.
“We have supported some massive projects, including Big Man Walking; Life, Love and Liberty; and, more recently, Macmath: The Silent Page which were all very well received.
“We have also targeted our programme towards involving and promoting young people, which has proved very successful.”
Peter is also responsible for attracting a broad base of funders to the festival.
He said of his nomination: “I am really chuffed to be in the running for community champion in this year’s Dumfries and Galloway Life Awards.
“There are plenty of people in the region who are more involved in creative work than me and I would happily see any one of them win the award.
“That said, it is so good to see all the hard work I have put into the festival through the years is being recognised and that my dogged determination is appreciated.
“I really am very delighted.”
Ken added: “Everyone connected with the arts festival is delighted that Peter’s hard work and creativity has been recognised in this way.
“In particular, the way in which he has established positive relationships with a wide variety of new partners and extended a much broader range of opportunities for young people across the region is exemplary.
“We hope he gets the recognition he deserves by winning this award.”
The DG Life Awards ceremony takes place at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, on Friday, 20 November, when the winners will be announced.