Darian Arman is an exemplary youth leader at Handsworth Secondary School and in district and provincial student organizations such as the District Student Council and Student Voice. Darian initiated a district bullying forum, volunteers for a local seniors’ program, and is the sole student representative on the Provincial Science Committee.
Award Year: 2007
Ben Wah Lee
Ben Lee has served the city of Kelowna and the community of Rutland for more than 34 years. Ben served 12 terms as a Kelowna city councillor; he founded the Kelowna Multicultural Society and the Kelowna Folkfest, and is a champion of heritage preservation, regional parks development and health care.
BC Achievement Community Award 2007
In 1974 Chester (Chaz) began his training at the prestigious Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Arts at ‘Ksan. Chaz excels at painting, carving and designing, working primarily in yellow cedar that allows him to make clean, well-defined cuts to highlight his design work. Design is the most fundamental element in all of his work, whether carving or painting. As the artist-in-residence, he was hired to build two ceremonial panels for the front of the Hill’s Indian Crafts Gallery in Gastown. His work can be found in private collections, galleries, and public institutions throughout North America, Asia, and Europe.
Pauline Arnouse is an inspiring role model to her community not only through her work with the Beacon Community Services and the Aboriginal Nation Educational Services, but also, through her extensive volunteer work. Pauline is an active and dedicated member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Kwagiutl Urban Society Prevention Program and Compassionate Friends.
This forward-looking, community-minded leader has done much to promote the long-term economic and social development of Prince George. Bill played an important role in encouraging the establishment of a medical health initiative at UNBC and in the formation of Initiatives Prince George. He also helped secure funding to establish a $30-million major sports facility for the university and the city.
BC Achievement Applied Art + Design 2007
Christian was born on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) and began to carve argillite at fourteen under the direction of his father, Morris White. When he was only twenty-two years old, his sculpture titled Raven Dancer was purchased for the permanent collection of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. His work is now in collections at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Royal British Columbia Museum, the Seattle Art Museum and is featured in Totems to Turquoise. Christian’s style has influenced many emerging Haida artists, and his efforts have helped to establish an apprenticeship program and the future direction for Haida and northwest coast art. (photo: Spirit Wrestler Gallery)