Dr. Cowburn has dedicated over 35 years to the isolated community of McBride, often as the only doctor available for patients requiring anything from prescriptions to emergency surgery. A testament to his dedication, Dr. Cowburn even restored a Tiger Moth airplane to use for critical house calls to patients living in remote areas.
Bud Sakamoto is a founding member of the Steveston Historical Society which spearheaded the creation of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society. Due to Bud’s dedication the Cannery is now a historical site attracting 30,000 people annually, ensuring BC’s rich fishing heritage is preserved for future generations.
Uultsje de Jong works with numerous organizations to provide improved support systems and services for Abbotsford. His involvement spans organizations such as the Crime and Drug Prevention Coalition, Victim Services and the Community Health Advisory Committee, where he helps create a stronger safety net for disadvantaged citizens.
Barry Scott is the Principal and Director of Maynards Industries Ltd. For over 20 years Barry has used his auctioneer skills to help raise millions of dollars for hundreds of Vancouver’s arts, culture, health and education organizations.
Robert Dennis is Chief of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations in Bamfield. Through his perseverance and vision, this community has radically changed its situation. Today they have stronger ties to their cultural roots, long-term sustainable job and business opportunities, plus community pride that creates a solid foundation for future growth.
Bob Scott launched Scott’s Family Gardeners to provide employment for ex-addicts and parolees in the Prince George area. Bob was instrumental in establishing the Drug Awareness and Recovery Team Society that offers services and assistance to help recovering addicts integrate as full participants in the community.
Barbara Der has volunteered for numerous organizations such as the B.C. Coalition to Eliminate Abuse of Seniors, the Burnaby Symphony Society and was a founder of the WomenSpeak Institute. One of her many accomplishments includes re-establishing the Burnaby chapter of the Special Olympics as a thriving organization.
Marc Searle has contributed to many worthy organizations from the age of 12. For the past 11 years as a resident of Surrey, Marc has been involved in the South Surrey Community Policing Station, the Skateboard Safety Campaign and many other initiatives to improve community safety. Marc has also volunteered his time to the Surrey Citizenship Court.
Betty Emery has spent over 50 years committed to education as a teacher, counselor and leader in the Comox Valley. Betty spearheaded the creation of a full service ElderCollege to provide a diverse learning and social environment for the community’s growing senior population.
Twenty years ago Vera Seydel began working with the non-profit organization, Bread of Life, to provide free hot meals to needy citizens of Port Alberni. With Vera’s leadership this organization has grown to provide food for over 300 people each week and includes a second hand store and hostel facility which opens on May 1.