Joe Martin

Joe Martin is an ambassador for the Clayoquot Sound, promoting cultural practices and cross-cultural education. A master carver of dug-out canoes, Joe shares his ecological knowledge, traditional stories and foods and his gentle wisdom to build strong relationships. A founder and board member of the Tonquin Foundation, he is concerned with the coast’s maritime heritage including the development of a maritime museum. He is very active in arts and culture in the Tofino and Ucluelet areas, most recently with the launch of the Carving on the Edge Festival bringing together First Nations and Non First Nation carvers to share their skills. His nominator says…’Joe is one of those people who simply enriches the world by being here’.

Taba Enterprises Ltd.

Taba Enterprises Ltd. was founded 37 years ago by Art Julian and now joined by his son Shawn, the business has expanded its logging operations and added silviculture, road and mine construction, and sewer and water projects. Taba is a modern, progressive First Nations company that is well respected in the community of Ft. St. James.

Joyce Fraser

Every small community needs a Joyce Fraser with her caring and forward looking attitude. In the early 1970’s, aware of serious gaps in social services in the Princeton area, Joyce helped to create the Princeton & District Community Services Society, where she was administrator for close to thirty years. Joyce initiated programs to support seniors and marginalized citizens with adult day care, transit services, meals on wheels and home support. Of particular note is Joyce’s strong support for persons with developmental disabilities, which included the establishment of a Mini-Chef restaurant as a training centre. She also spearheaded one of the first assisted living complexes in BC. Now retired, Joyce continues to take an active role in community events and issues.

Daphne Solecki

According to world renowned naturalist Robert Bateman…’British Columbia needs a few thousand more Daphne Soleckis’. Daphne is the extraordinary individual who developed an idea into a very successful and hugely important organization called the Young Naturalists’ Clubs of British Columbia. Over 10,000 children have been introduced to the importance of nature, the value of their environment and the need to preserve it through the network of fifty school and family clubs spanning the Province. Daphne has had a profound impact not only on the lives of BC children but also on the naturalist movement in BC and Canada where she has served as a diligent board member and valuable mentor.

Bizzybody Events

Bizzybody Events offers professional management services for events, projects and fundraising initiatives for organizations, First Nation communities, industry and municipalities. Owner Jocelyn Eisert provides significant expertise to her northern community.

Toolcomm Technology Inc.

Toolcomm Technology Inc. is a designer and supplier of industrial electronic communication systems. Founder and President Kevin Sebastian has grown his company from a start-up R & D into a well established and successful electrical engineering company.

Lorna Gibbs

Lorna Gibbs is a vibrant, articulate, passionate leader in bringing about positive change, whether it is for seniors, the local environment, or securing additional park or daycare spaces. Tenacious in her efforts to improve the lives of seniors, she has served as President of South Vancouver Seniors Arts and Cultural Society, Chair of the Seniors of South Van Neighbourhood House and President of Southeast Vancouver Seniors Centre Society. Through the South Vancouver Seniors Council she has been a tireless advocate for a dedicated Seniors Centre for South Vancouver. Lorna tackles every issue with enormous energy and focus, inspiring her peers to get involved. In her own words, Lorna says that her work makes her life worth living and in turn she hopes it enriches others.

Donna Spencer

Donna Spencer is a true pioneer of the performing arts in Vancouver. She is co-founder and artistic director of the Firehall Arts Centre as well as founder and artistic director of the Dancing on the Edge Festival. She has been a mentor to young artists, fostered the careers of established artists and is known for her unique and dynamic approach to programming and production. In the last 29 years, Donna has presented theatre and dance that reflect the cultural pluralism of our country. Always seeking ways to enrich the neighbourhood of the Arts Centre in the downtown east side, Donna has introduced a unique training program for youth at-risk. Her contributions to the theatre, dance and the community is and will be inspiring for generations to come.

Lori Slater

Lori Slater goes to extraordinary lengths to support people with disabilities, volunteering about 1650 hours a year. For the past nine years, she has been on the cutting edge of all initiatives for disabled persons in the Fort St. John region. Chair of the Mayor’s Disability Advisory Committee, Peer Support Coordinator for the BC Paraplegic Association, Community liaison for Measuring Up the North program to improve accessibility, and an ambassador for Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion are among her volunteer activities. Her goal is to build awareness and change attitudes. Her influence is far reaching – she has made a dramatic difference ever since she began working to improve accessibility in her community. Lori is motivated and positive and never loses sight of her mission.