It is her purpose to stand up for what she believes; it is her courage that has brought positive change, and it is her many accomplishments for her community that we are here today to honour. A leader in the Westbank First Nation, Mary Anne Eli has worked courageously for her community from healthcare to elders’ support to education to advocacy. Mary Anne has built bridges of understanding between First Nations and the broader community. She is a precious resource of her language and native practice. Mary Anne is an esteemed elder in her community and in the words of Chief Robert Louie, ‘we are proud of what she has accomplished, what she represents and we will be eternally grateful.’
Barbara is an outstanding example of someone who has given dedicated service to her community. She helped to revive the District Chamber of Commerce and served as its President. She was the driving force behind the Village of Chase’s Centennial Celebrations, the largest and most successful event ever held in Chase. Barbara’s careful management of this week- long profitable celebration that showcased the area’s history, theatre, arts, music, sports and local First Nation’s culture, has provided a legacy fund for future events. Over the years, Barbara has volunteered with Victim Services, the Fishing Derby, Chase Country Christmas and community thrift shop fundraisers. Barbara Maher is committed to the welfare of the people of Chase.
Everyday, Jeff Vaughan lives his belief that the community can be more caring, more beautiful, more litter-free and healthy. Jeff is the PE teacher at Sullivan Heights Secondary School in Surrey where he inspires his students, his colleague and the parents by his example. He makes it ‘cool’ to volunteer, to give back, to think about others and consider the environment. He organizes school-wide activities that enhance his student’s appreciation of their school, their community and their place in both. He encourages students to take responsibility for their health, their physical activity and their community, which makes them better citizens. Jeff is a gifted teacher who translates his passions into action in the school community and beyond.
Designers Toby Barratt, Pamela Goddard and Nik Rust are Propellor Design, a Vancouver-based multi-disciplinary design studio specializing in lighting, furniture and exhibition design. They are committed to creating useful, beautiful and sustainable objects that strike the balance between aesthetics, function and sustainability. Using renewable, recycled and reclaimed materials including ecoresin, bamboo, reclaimed Douglas fir and vintage glass, many of their designs are inspired by, and named after B.C. places and landscapes.
Propellor Design creations are showcased in B.C. and around the world including 20 large scale chandeliers in Vancouver’s newly renovated Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and feature lights for more than 20 LuluLemon stores across North America including New York and Los Angeles.
Barratt, Goddard and Rust became creative allies while studying sculpture at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and started Propellor Design in 2000.
Generosity is Yuri Fulmer’s outstanding contribution to his community of the lower mainland. A successful entrepreneur in the food and beverage industry, he gives back by sharing his business expertise, his time and his financial resources. At the United Way of the Lower Mainland, Yuri co-chaired its 2008 thirty million dollar campaign. He is now Board Vice Chair with responsibility for major donations. At the Surrey Food Bank, Yuri was an invaluable board member and President, instilling a professional approach to the delivery of its services. Also a board member of the Vancouver Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, Vancouver Opera and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Yuri demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the community.
Sarina dedicates her personal and professional life to making a difference for young people. Sarina runs a drop-in centre for at-risk youth in the Port Coquitlam Recreation complex. She provides constant mentorship and role modeling. She breaks down barriers, persevering through what are often complex situations, to create a safe environment for growth to take place. She volunteers as a director of Tri-City Kidsport committee and has spearheaded a multigenerational dinner program. As well, Sarina has facilitated a program that saw fifty at-risk girls participate in recreational programming. Sarina’s efforts working with youth ensure the well-being of the next generation in her community.
In the community of Fort St. James, Melinda is called an ‘Angel.’ The spirit of her smile and decisiveness of her actions speak louder than words. She showed the entire community that with imagination and co-operation, the people could accomplish anything. From raising money for important community initiatives and emergencies, to organizing events such as the Cottonwood Music Festival, the 200th birthday of the town and the Fort St. James Fishing Derby, Melinda exemplified the true spirit of a community contributor. Melinda saw what her community needed, and was the first to step up and lend a hand.
Ellis Excavating Limited has been operational for the past four years and a lifelong dream of this young entrepreneur. The business, operating from Nanaimo, provides excavation services to the construction industry with the majority of the work being residential subdivision development. The work includes site clearing, road building, trenching, pipe and foundation-laying.
Feathercraft Folding Kayaks are a unique combination of technology, design and ingenuity born from a need and passion from founder, designer and owner, Doug Simpson. While in university, Simpson spent his summers prospecting for mining companies and it was in the bush where he found the inspiration for Feathercraft Folding Kayaks. His passion for kayaking and nature and his idea of a having a boat he could carry on his back, led him to design a strong, lightweight aluminum framed kayak that folds into a backpack. The Feathercraft brand has become respected around the world for their high quality workmanship, materials, and innovative designs and is sold all over North America, Asia, Europe and the South Pacific.