Lisa Henriques

Lisa Henriques received a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Ceramics from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in 1999 and received a Master of Visual Arts: Ceramics from Australia National University in 2011. Lisa’s practice centers around large-scale storage vessels. Her techniques reference her studies of the ceramic traditions of Africa, Mexico, India and China, where she completed apprenticeships with ceramic masters. Lisa’s work has been exhibited in North America, Asia and Europe.

Pentlatch Seafoods Ltd.

Pentlatch Seafoods, a shellfish aquaculture business is wholly owned and operated by K’omoks First Nations. Established ten years ago, Pentlatch Seafoods grows and distributes premium quality pacific oysters and manila clams. Their success is based upon a solid business plan, brand and marketing strategies, and environmental stewardship overlaying the community’s cultural values.

Russ & Ellen Cmolik

The Cmoliks believe in both the dreams of young people and the power of education. For example, they have initiated and funded a program for Grade Five children at an inner city school that provides all-day field trips as a way to expand the childrens’ horizons. This Horizons program is reinforced by five-day summer camps at the SFU Surrey Campus, where the students explore everything from business marketing to physics and digital media. The Cmoliks also provide post secondary scholarships for students who are financially challenged and who have overcome an obstacle. The payback to the community for the Cmoliks support is that the students are asked to give back to their community when they are able to do so. The story of the Cmolik’s generosity is inspiring for its unique approach to fostering aspirations and encouraging educational possibilities for students in their community.

Mary McGhee

In a nutshell, if it happens in Harrison Mills, Mary McGhee is involved. Her passion is her community. She doesn’t call herself a volunteer, rather it’s all about helping and being part of your community. She has served on every Board, club, association and society as President or secretary or treasurer or doer. From ensuring that every child learns to swim in her riverside community to supporting the Community Club, the Harrison Mills Recreation Commission, the annual quilt show and the Kilby Historic Store and Farm, Mary’s strong commitment has enabled Harrison Mills to prosper. She continues to serve today as a director of the Fraser Heritage Historical Society. Mary McGhee is a treasure.

Mary Schwieger & Sarah Schwieger

Sisters Mary and Sarah Schwieger learned the craft of traditional broom making from their parents while growing up in Gray Creek on the east shore of Kootenay Lake. In 2010, Sarah and Mary received a CMHC artisan award providing them with studio and retail space on Granville Island.  There, they hand-make their unique, high-quality, long-lasting brooms using raw unprocessed broomcorn woven onto a variety of handles. Each creation blends beauty, function and tradition.

Spirit Works Limited

Established in 2008, Spirit Works Limited creates and distributes authentic Aboriginal products that are featured in over 200 retail outlets. The company has successfully expanded to offer corporate gifting lines, workshops and an in-house gallery.

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Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia & Sergio  Cocchia

Vancouver business leaders and philanthropists Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia and Sergio Cocchia embrace every opportunity to give back to their community. Together Wendy and Sergio have contributed enormously to BC’s economy positioning their Century Plaza hotel and Absolute Spa Group as the Canadian leader in the luxury spa industry. There are progressive employers who demonstrate that creating a healthy workplace culture is key to business success. Equally important, is their inspiring work in building a strong and healthy community. Long associated with Variety, The Children’s Charity, they have raised over $1million through the annual Century Plaza media golf classic. Their focus is now a “first” for BC families – the vision for a Pacific Autism Family Centre. Wendy volunteers as the elected Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade and trustee of the Vancouver Police Foundation. Sergio is President of the Mediated Learning Academy and the Variety Learning Centre. Wendy and Sergio demonstrate the tremendous power of two committed volunteers in strengthening the fabric of their community.

Grace Elliott Nielsen

Grace Elliott Nielsen is one of our Province’s great leaders. She is a pioneer in implementing programs to improve the quality of life of the urban Aboriginal community. As Executive Director of the Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Society in Nanaimo for the past thirty years, Grace has established social service programs that serve and support 30,000 people each year. From education and training programs, health and counseling services, special cultural events, an elder and youth affordable housing project, and licensed childcare, Grace’s wise and gentle guidance has made a deep impact on her community. Her legacy will be felt for generations.

David Lloyd Wilson

David Wilson’s beautiful and complex paintings have evolved from his childhood fascination with ancient Interior Salish pictographs. He studied the styles and principles of Haida and Coast Salish art, but his preoccupation has always been with the art of the Interior Salish. His work is inspired by the same stories of the natural and spiritual world depicted in the rock paintings of his ancestors. He’s not only created the work; he’s worked hard to share it, with public displays in Vernon’s Spirit Square, Performing Arts Centre and Jubilee Hospital.