Arthur Skipsey

Art Skipsey was a member of Qualicum Beach town council for 15 years, serving 12 years as mayor. Art forged vital partnerships between local government and volunteer organizations to provide important infrastructure and recreational legacies, including the purchase of the Memorial golf course and the adoption of the first community plan. Art initiated the establishment of the Parksville-Qualicum community foundation and served as its first president. A longtime Scout leader, Art currently volunteers as president of the Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society. The community of Qualicum Beach has truly benefited from Art Skipsey’s strong sense of commitment.

Omer Arbel

Omer Arbel is a Vancouver-based and internationally-recognized designer whose work in furniture and lighting design is strongly influenced by his background as an architect. His pieces are characterized not only by their intrinsic qualities but also by the way they affect the spaces around them. A graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Arbel’s work has won a D & AD Yellow Pencil Award and has been shortlisted for the IF Product Design Award in Hannover, Germany, and for the Blueprint Best Newcomer award in London, England.

Peggy Chute

In 1993, Ken Campbell single handedly raised awareness of the engineering wonder of the Myra Canyon Trestles and, with passionate determination, directed its two-year restoration while successfully securing provincial park status and Canadian heritage site designation. Ten years later, the Okanagan Park Mountain fire destroyed the trestles and Ken Campbell was called upon again to lead its restoration. Ken led the team that saw the project completed on-time and on-budget. Restoring the Myra Canyon Trestles has not just conserved part of our province’s history but through the unselfish leadership and example of Ken Campbell, it has created a groundswell of local volunteer effort devoted to the preservation of our past.

Tom Malone

Tom Malone is a legend in the United Way of the Lower Mainland. Not only has he had a role on every committee, he is the longest serving volunteer of the United Way Cabinet Campaign. For the past 18 years, Tom has consistently demonstrated his willingness and flexibility to assist staff whether as a workplace campaign volunteer or in his most recent position as chair of its board of directors. He is a strong supporter of the BC Lions, founding with three others, the “Waterboys”, a spirited fundraising group. A director of the Surrey Art Gallery, Tom Malone is a great asset to his community, a true leader who brings out the best in others.

Vanessa West

Vanessa West is a role model and leader in the Lheidli T’enneh (lead-lee tennay) Band and in the wider Prince George area. As an elected member of the Band Council, Vanessa is committed to the betterment of the community as a whole. Vanessa held the position of the Lheidli T’enneh Treaty Administrator through the Band’s complex treaty process. Vanessa initiated the Youth Treaty Council to include youth in a responsible and recognized part of the process. Vanessa has been active in the Northern Family Services, Prince George Native Friendship Centre, the Highway of Tears Symposium, Take Back the NIght and the Mission Indian Friendship Centre. Vanessa dedicates herself to the betterment of her community and does so with diligence and compassion.

Kinichi Shigeno

The work of Kinichi Shigeno is rich in detail and creatively merges his Japanese heritage with his impressions of life on Canada’s west coast. Shigeno trained and apprenticed in Japan before immigrating to Canada in 1981 as a cereamic designer. His strength lies in the way he merges functionality with his evolving exploration of form and surface decoration. He has participated in over 55 exhibitions in 35 years including the prestigious 46th annual International Ceramic Art Exhibition in Florence, Italy.

James Coyle

Peggy Chute is described as a catalyst with a vision who makes things happen while transferring her skills and knowledge to a younger generation. Peggy’s accomplishments in her community have permeated all aspects of life and activity in Lytton for the past 50 years. Whether it’s her commitment to education, health care, civic duty or neighborly kindness, Peggy’s nonjudgmental personal charity is the foundation for her larger community involvement. Peggy Chute, fondly known as “Mrs. Mayor”, is loved and revered in Lytton as its resident ambassador. Her work is legendary and she has truly made a difference through her eager volunteerism and whole-hearted promotion of her home.

Paul McDonell

Thanks to Paul McDonell, four bright and cheerful murals have been installed on building walls along Edmond Street in Burnaby. Paul is a life-long volunteer within his community and has come to be known as “Mr. Burnaby”. Chair of the Burnaby Parks and Recreation Commission, member of the Edmonds City Fair Committee, Edmonds Town Centre Business and Community Association and the Spirit of Edmonds committee, Paul has made a significant difference. Paul is especially active connecting with Burnaby’s new immigrants and refugees. If a request is made which benefits Burnaby, Paul will be there with tremendous energy and enthusiasm.

Chip Wilson

Chip Wilson, founder of Westbeach and LuluLemon Athletica, has directed efforts and resources to improving the lives of his employees and community, local and global,  through his emphasis on healthy living and environmentally conscious business practice. Founder of Westbeach in 1979, Chip brought the surf, skate and snowboard culture to Canada. He sold Westbeach in 1997 and launched LuluLemon in 1999 for the purpose of providing components for people to live a longer, healthier life and have fun doing it. Chip co-founded the Centre for Integrated Healing for cancer care, now called InspireHealth, and annually hosts The Flip Flop Soiree to raise funds for the Centre. In addition, he made a founding donation of $100,000 for the new InspireHealth Legacy Foundation.

Angelika Werth

Angelika Werth is a contemporary sculptor/designer working in fibre. Influenced by her time in Paris and with Yves St. Laurent, her theatrical garments are both stand-alone sculpture and wearable art. Meticulous craftsmanship, aesthetic beauty and innovative design are the hallmarks of her work. Angelika’s work has been exhibited widely in Canada and abroad and is included in private collections from the BC Provincial Collection in Victoria to the Cambridge Art Gallery in Ontario. She has received awards from the BC Arts Council, Canada Council, and won second prize in an international fibre exhibition in Chateau Chassy in Morval, France.