Nelson, Duncan, Golden, Mackenzie and most recently, Prince George have all benefited from Bill Christie’s commitment to helping in his communities. With more than 23 years as an elected school trustee in Nelson and Prince George, including the last six years as chair of the Prince George School Board, Bill has contributed to a wide variety of civic activities, sports, education and community organizations.
Audrey Salahub has been so instrumental in the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder that her influence has spread from its small beginnings in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows to now reaching throughout BC. Audrey’s vision, determination and advocacy lead to the opening of the Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Maple Ridge in 2000, which is provincially recognized for its assessment, diagnosis and preventative education of FAS.
Alison Leamy is a dedicated leader and volunteer with the Friends of the Government House Gardens Society. Not only has Alison served as President of the Society, she supervised the reclamation of the Terrace Gardens. Further, Alison plays an active role on the Government House programs committee helping organize activities at Government House grounds for the benefit of all British Columbians and visitors to the province.
Renata Crowe combines torchworked and cast glass with silver to create custom jewelry. Best known as a milliner, she has successfully made the transition from working with felt, straw and textiles to glass and metal. Creating a harmonious balance between glass and metal is the focus of her work and symbolizes the patience and balance of the natural world. In December 2006, Renata was one of two artists to participate in the first ever glass jewelry show at the renowned Vetri International Glass in Seattle, where her work explored the theme of society and urban violence.
Under Dr. Margo Fryer’s leadership, vision and commitment, the University of British Columbia established the Learning Exchange, a nationally-recognized community engagement initiative which fosters community building and outreach. In addition to its Downtown Eastside storefront programs, the initiative provides students with community service learning opportunities in inner-city communities and prepares these students to be exceptional global citizens.
Baljit Sethi is the founder and executive director of the Immigrant and Multicultural Services of Prince George, which provides settlement services to communities in northern B.C. She is committed to improving the lives of immigrants and refugees, and she has contributed greatly to the community’s cross-cultural understanding of diversity, racism, family violence and seniors’ issues.
Munro MacKenzie is a dedicated member of the Science World team where he has personally volunteered nearly 10,000 hours serving as an interpreter, guide, mentor, donor, Ambassador, and the first member of the volunteer maintenance team. As well, for 18 years, Munro has volunteered with the Health and Home Care Society of BC as a Meals on Wheels food courier.
Patricia Fieldwalker has been designing deluxe lingerie for more than 25 years. She is the five-time winner of the Matinee Fashion Foundation Award for Excellence and the Rubans de Madame Figaro award at the Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris. Her designs have been featured in numerous films and magazines and her lingerie is retailed in specialty boutiques in Europe, Asia, Australia and throughout Canada and the United States. Twelve full time employees in her Strathcona factory work with silk, cotton, velvet and lace creating the Patricia Fieldwalker Adagio Collection. Patricia is a leader in the fashion community in Vancouver and contributes generously to local charities.