BC Achievement alumni: leadership in action

Looking for a mentor, an ambassador or a successful business model? Tap into BC Achievement’s archive and explore the leadership resource this province has to offer.  

Program alumni are a talented, motivated and inspiring group of individuals and businesses who do amazing things to make their communities better.  

For 18 years, BC Achievement has been celebrating the accomplishments of the province’s most inspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, leaders, visionaries and volunteers. Through each of its programs: Indigenous Business, First Nations Art, Applied Art + Design, Community and the inaugural BC Reconciliation Award, recognition is used as a tool to showcase excellence and inspire change. Each awardee’s journey begins with their selection as a leader in their field by an independent jury. And that is just the beginning. 

Along the way, awardees become alumni who continue to lead, create and build; often becoming mentors in their field, connecting with fellow alumni and sharing ideas. Some find that receiving recognition in their field strengthens their self-confidence and sets them on the path to take the next step and grow further. 

Take for example, Paul Natrall, owner and operator of Mr Bannock Indigenous Cuisine and recipient of the 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Indigenous Business Award. Since receiving the Award, Paul has expanded his business and added partnerships with other Indigenous businesses.  

Arc’teryx (2015) and Mustang Survival (2016) joined forces to create protective gowns for frontline healthcare workers early in the pandemic. These two companies, Carter Wosk Award of Distinction recipients in Applied Art + Design, came together to find an innovative solution using each of their skill sets, experience and passion to serve their communities. 

Sukhmeet Sachal, 2019 Community Awardee has expanded his volunteerism from his work as an advocate for inclusiveness, gender equality, mental health and survivors of domestic violence, to helping lead volunteers in creating and disseminating culture-specific communications on COVID safety. 

Fulmer Award in First Nations Art recipient Sonny Assu (2011) was recently selected as one of five artists to receive the prestigious 2021 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. 

BC Achievement shines a light on the incredible accomplishments of its awardees, creating a platform for their story to be celebrated to inspire others. British Columbians can see themselves in these remarkable examples and then take the first step to create stronger, more engaged communities throughout the province. 

We encourage British Columbians from all parts of this great province to reflect on the stories of these individuals and learn from their perspectives and follow in the path they have carved forward. 

Want to know more about these inspiring folks? Check out the Awardee page on our website or view the short Awardee recognition films on our YouTube channel. And contact [email protected] for more information. Be part of it! 

BC Achievement: Elevate Excellence. Share Success. Inspire Change.  

Photo Credit: Brad Kasselman

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