Inspired by kids and their liberal acceptance of the bizarre, Beaumont is widely known for creating whimsical, imaginative and masterful furniture pieces. Beaumont graduated from the 3-D department of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECU) in 1985, and since then has been producing one of-a-kind, interactive designs from his custom design studio, Straight Line Designs Inc. His company has completed unique design projects and installations throughout North America and around the world, including pieces for children’s hospitals, museums, libraries, Disney cruise ships and various exhibitions. His most recent initiative centres around his designs and products using wood from B.C.’s mountain pine beetle forests, thus taking an under-utilized raw material and creating beautiful and unique value-added wood pieces.
Jack Carlisle is a true inspiration for those among us who have been affected by prostate cancer. Jack has been an advocate and donor in furthering prostate cancer research and treatment and providing support to families dealing with this diagnosis. From the North Shore Prostate Cancer Support Group, to the Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative, the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation and the BC Foundation for Prostate Disease, Jack has positively impacted funding and awareness initiatives surrounding this disease. Jack has made a positive difference in many people’s lives through his personal contact and community service.
If anyone should wonder why Hazelton was known in BC and around the world as a ‘hotbed of wrestling’, the answer is simple: the amazing coaching and remarkable dedication of Joe Sullivan. Not only has Joe coached two students who later went on to the Olympics, one of whom brought home gold in 2008, Joe built a wrestling program that was as much about developing the student as a person, as it was about competition. The legacy of this former teacher and wrestling coach is a tree that continues to bear fruit and nourish his community, the province and his former students.
Dorothy Grant’s business is a living legacy. Established in 1992, the business is 100% owned by Haida artist Dorothy Grant. The company has an impressive 15 year history as a successful manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler. Dorothy Grant has built a brand that is unique worldwide. Her international success and recognition have established her as a business which epitomizes the opportunity for Aboriginal entrepreneurial accomplishment, both at home and abroad.
The Westbank First Nation’s Pine Acres Home was established 25 years ago to meet a significant need for elders of both the Westbank First Nation and other Aboriginal groups across the country. It is the first Aboriginal care home in the country and, in 2007, it was awarded full accreditation status for excellence in health care standards. It has grown from a 20 bed facility to a 63 bed facility and is known for its respect for its people, its tremendous quality of care, its outstanding employee relations and its dedication to health for older adults in our country. Pine Acres is a model of care for all health organizations and its nominators have stated that should they need long-term care, Pine Acres is where they want to reside.
The residents of Powell River are proud that Joyce Carlson calls Powell River home and they are honoured that she cares deeply about the community and works tirelessly for its benefit. As a committed community volunteer and the publisher of the Powell River Peak, Joyce’s vision has contributed to Powell River hosting many events and festivals that have broadened and developed the city’s outlook and progress. Joyce’s leadership can be seen in the 2007 Powell River Disability Games Society, Powell River Festival of the Performing Arts, Powell River Ayjoomixw Spirit of BC Community Committee, and the Powell River and District United Way.
Sian Thomson fights for those who can’t fight for themselves. In 1995, Sian established the Justice, Advocacy, Dignity and Empowerment Society, known as JADE, to develop positive solutions for individuals and families in crisis or struggling with such issues as homelessness, poverty and physical or mental challenges. Her tireless devotion in providing advocacy services of every description has assisted many thousands of individuals. Sian is a mentor, an organizer, a leader, a compassionate individual who works to ensure that Campbell River is a safe and kind place to live for all its citizens.
For the past nine years, Jacob Beacon has developed CopperMoon Communications into the first full-service Aboriginal communications agency in Western Canada, championing Aboriginal philosophy with mainstream tools. CopperMoon provides services such as websites, books, branding, communications plans, posters, road signs and video training. CopperMoon now has representatives in three British Columbia locations and serves a diverse client base.