Actress Tonya Lee Williams, who plays Dr. Olivia Barber Winters on a recurring basis on “Y&R,” will be honored by the Black Theatre Workshop at their 26th annual Vision Celebration Gala on Saturday January 28 in Montreal, Canada. Tonya will receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award which is awarded to a person who has a measure of distinction in Canada and has made significant contributions to the development of Black performing arts.

Over the years, Tonya Lee has been nominated for two Emmy Awards, and has won two NAACP Image Awards, an ACTRA Award of Excellence, a Harry Jermone Award, an African Canadian Achievement Award, a Planet Africa Award for Media and Entertainment. She’s appeared on numerous television shows, such as “Hill Street Blues,” “Falcon Crest,” and “Gimme A Break,” and in 2001 established the ReelWorld Foundation and ReelWorld Film Festival which promotes the film work of those in the Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian and other multi-racial communities.

Tickets to the ceremony and further information can be found at Black Theatre Workshop. Soaps.com congratulates Tonya Lee on this well-deserved honor. Read our previous Tonya Lee Williams interview. Join us on Twitter @soapoperafan and Facebook. Come tweet and Facebook with us about “The Young and the Restless,” all the other soap operas, “Dirty Soap,” “Glee” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Vampire Diaries,” and “Venice the Series!”

– Candace Young