As a young entrepreneur, Erica Ryan-Gagné identified the need for nail care services in the area of Skidegate. With a clear vision, she left the island to complete her education in esthetic services and upon her return successfully launched Eri-Cut & Nailed, a home-based nail care business. Erica currently provides services to over 200 clients and is planning an expansion to her salon, which is scheduled to open in March, 2012.
Dina Gonzalez Mascaro received a BFA from the Universidad de La Plata in Buenos Aires, later attending the Banff Centre. Dina’s unique designs combine the materials and techniques of a jeweller with the eye of a sculptor and the sensibility of an architect. Award-winning Mascaro has a hybrid studio/gallery/store called JewellerBau, in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver, where she challenges the public to expand their understanding of what jewellery can be.
On the shores of Little Shuswap Lake, is an Aboriginal-themed 4-star destination resort owned by the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band. For nineteen years, Quaaout Lodge & Talking Rock Golf course has been the best-kept secret of Chase – until now. Established in 1992, it has demonstrated consistent growth and market-driven expansion with a conference centre, 18-hole golf course and full-service spa, all steeped in First Nations tradition.
Peter Couldwell has served his community of Quesnel as a councillor for more than 20 years. He has also personally helped to raise close to $3million through his skills as a volunteer auctioneer for scores of events and organizations, including local charities, the Quesnel Community Foundation and the Hospice Palliative Care Association.
For over 40 years, Sam Lenarduzzi has contributed to the sport of soccer in British Columbia. First as a player, then as a coach and educator, he has reached more than 28,000 young soccer players throughout the province. His passion is soccer; his drive is contagious and his goal is to bring the benefits and enjoyment of soccer to every community.
For more than 30 years, Joel Berman has created functional work in glass that explores texture, light, pattern, colour, shape and form. He is an internationally recognized designer who has reinvented the world of glass design by exploring new techniques for use in a wide range of applications in corporate, commercial, hospitality, retail, governmental and residential environments worldwide. Joel Berman Glass Studios is located on Vancouver’s Granville Island.
Since, the mid-1990’s, Denise Sparrow has brought the traditions of the Musqueam First Nation to Salishan Catering. Denise fuses the cultural knowledge that has been handed down to her by her mother and grandmother with modern foods to create original menus that are unique to the catering industry but true to her Aboriginal ancestry. Not only does Denise provide excellent service, she also sets high standards for the training she provides to local community members, introducing them to the culinary arts.
A lifelong resident of the Bulkley Valley, Jim Davidson has worked to enhance the economic viability and sustainability of the town of Smithers and the regional district. Former mayor and councillor, he initiated significant infrastructure projects, improved the region’s dairy industry, created positive working relationships with First Nations communities in the area, and was instrumental in establishing the Happy Valley School for the education of special needs children.
Carlene Lewall has given over 30 years of energetic and dedicated leadership to the Delta Gymnastics Society. She is motivated by her strong belief in the importance of youth athletics as a building block for a healthy and successful life. Carlene was instrumental in the development and building of the Delta Sport Development Centre and has participated on the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and Spirit of Delta committees.
Shawn Place designs and hand builds high-quality furniture. From the shaping of the timber to the hand weaving of the cane, each piece showcases traditional craftsmanship wrapped in a modern aesthetic. Place is a self-trained skilled craftsman who is adept at all forms of millwork, joinery, finishing and caning. His product line includes a side table and a group of unique chairs.