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.
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.
RTS Referral Tracking Systems is a land referral data management software designed to create a joint forestry-land technology solutions for First Nation communities. A partnership between DR Systems, a 20-year old software development company, along with the Neskonlith Band and the Adams Lake Band has established this venture. RTS is installed and operational at 12 sites throughout BC with others in the planning phase. The software product, designed by First Nations for First Nations, is a viable solution to the hundreds of land referrals being received at band offices. The partnership has proven to be an outstanding opportunity that is paying dividends, not just in making referral management easier but in creating new opportunities for Aboriginal communities throughout the province.
For the past 50 years, Dolly Cartwright has been an extraordinary volunteer on Vancouver’s North Shore. Her commitment to her community has touched the lives of those in need through the Red Cross, the North Shore Health Board, the Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary and her endless hard work and support of seniors’ organizations. Dolly is a member of the Board of Directors for the North Shore Volunteers for Seniors and Lionsview Seniors Planning Society, as well as a co-chair of the North Shore Adults at Risk. Dolly is an inspiration and a role model and we are pleased to honour her today.
Lori Fry serves her community with distinction. A member of the local community safety program and the Parents’ Advisory Committee, Lori also leads a vital program of Aquafit classes providing therapy and rehabilitation for her community. Lori is an active member of the regional White Cane Club where she has served in all executive capacities. Currently Lori is Vice President, BC and Yukon division of the Canadian Council of the Blind raising public awareness about vision loss and promoting equality for blind Canadians. Lori works in a respectful and kind manner, motivating others by her conscientious example.
Elizabeth Wolak is a pioneer in building the musical tradition within Vancouver’s Jewish community. Since arriving in Vancouver in 1963, Elizabeth has continuously directed choirs, showcasing the traditions and beauty of Jewish choral music. In 1981, Elizabeth founded The Shiron Singers, a folk choir that has performed at concerts and in hospitals and seniors’ residences entertaining Jewish and multicultural audiences. As cultural ambassador for the Vancouver Jewish community, Elizabeth has been called ‘one of Canada’s national treasures’ for her contribution to choral work.
The Metlakatla Development Corporation located outside of Prince Rupert, functions as an independent business arm for the Metlakatla First Nation. The corporation, established in 1989, owns and operates the Metlakatla Ferry Services Ltd., North Co-op Ferry Services Ltd., First Nations Training and Development Centre, Grassy Bay Services Ltd., Metlakatla Forestry Corporation, Seashore Charters Ltd., and Northland Marine Sales and Service Ltd.