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 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.
Early retirement in 1994 and a passion for bird watching determined the beginning of Jennifer Atchison’s role as a dedicated community environmentalist. Under Jennifer’s leadership, volunteers partnered with both government and the utilities creating a unique union to preserve and rehabilitate the Stoney Creek watershed. For the first time in 70 years, salmon successfully migrated the creek. Jennifer Atchison’s inspired a community to get involved and by doing so created new models for environmental stewardship.
Pam Glass’s record of service to her community and province is outstanding. Her contributions include Board member, Kwantlen University College and its Foundation, trustee and Vice-Chair for the Surrey School District, Past President, South Surrey Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Pacific National Exhibition, Trustee for the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Co-Chair of the BC Seniors’ Games in 2001. As well, Pam has served as a Citizenship Judge and continues to promote good citizenship among elementary school students. Pam is a strong leader as well as a tremendous team player. Pam Glass is an excellent advocate for the community she calls home.
Leo Sabulsky is the Aboriginal Liaison head teacher for Chetwynd School District 59. He is honoured today for his work in creating unique opportunities for students in his area. He launched a community radio station, Peace FM, as a training facility for the students and an important community connector. Leo spearheaded the campaign to purchase a local thrift shop to be operated by students, thus providing much needed work experience. A volunteer firefighter for 30 years, Sabulsky has been fire chief and emergency coordinator since 1998. Leo is a positive influence in his community and his efforts make life better for all who live there.
Charles Elliott creates work of the highest calibre, that reflects his personal style and is characterized by the Salish art discipline. He is a master carver whose work spans bowls, masks, doors, talking sticks, house posts and totem poles. Among his many commissions are a 28-foot totem pole for the University of Victoria, a 15-foot pole for Otaki, Japan, a Queen’s Baton Design and Gold Medal design for the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. He is exhibited widely locally and internationally.
Honorary Captain Gordon Barrett has dedicated 25 years of volunteer leadership to the British Columbia Regiment’s Irish Pipes and Drums. He was the Regiment’s inaugural Pipe Major and successfully built this internationally-recognized band into a vital contributor to the community. Under his direction, the band performs close to 60 events annually for regimental, civilian, charity and multicultural organizations. He now serves as Director of Regimental Bagpipe Music where he continues to promote and share with the community the work of this outstanding musical branch of the Canada’s military.
When Bill Hubbs retired to the Sunshine Coast, he began to volunteer for a number of community organizations. He was the founding chair of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation and also served on the boards of the district library, its foundation and the Chamber of Commerce. He co-chaired St Mary’s Hospital’s fundraising campaign and his leadership united a community to successfully raise over $2.7million in 18 months. Bill Hubbs leads by example and his many achievements are testimony to his commitment, persistence and ability to focus on a vision or goal for the betterment of the community.
Ron Silver embodies the true spirit of community achievement by his service to the people of Quesnel. He has served on the chamber of commerce, the economic development committee, the downtown association and the board of the seniors’ home. He has served his district as Chair and director of CNIB for the Cariboo Chapter and as northern director for the BC Long Term Care Association. His greatest achievement is his leadership of the successful campaign to raise funds for a CT Scanner for G.R. Barker Memorial Hospital. He kept the project’s momentum going and inspired workers and donors alike to support this worthy undertaking. An active Lions club member and meals on wheels driver, Ron Silver continues to make a positive difference in his community.
Daniel Tom blends traditional and contemporary ideas and materials. He works with wood, natural materials from the wilderness, salvaged materials and discarded technology, resulting in his series of display weapons entitled “Tribal Connections”. This series honours animals and First Nations tribes and represents powerful statements about the inextricable linkages between humans, animals, and their environment, their struggles and the balance and perspective required for survival. Daniel’s work was recently displayed at the Kamloops Art Gallery.