Morgan Green is a passionate, revitalizing force in Tsimshian culture. She infuses Tsimshian tradition with a contemporary approach. She experiments with many different media and styles: metal engraving and casting, wood sculpture, painting, traditional regalia and fashion design. Morgan has apprenticed with artists Richard Adkins and Henry Green and learned European jewelry techniques from a German master goldsmith. She’s developing her own contemporary style, with a deep respect for the traditions of Tsimshian art.
Award Year: 2012
Coast Salish Development Corporation
The CSDC is the economic development agency of the Stz’uminus First Nations. The Corporation is a joint venture partner with FortisBC in the Mt. Hayes gas storage facility located between Nanaimo and Ladysmith. CSDC’s investment in this joint venture generates a significant income stream that will benefit Stz’uminus First Nations for generations to come.
Ambo Dhaliwal devotes time and energy to the betterment of her community. Arriving in Kamloops in 1952 as a young bride, Vancouver-born Ambo quickly saw the need to bridge the cultures of Canadian-born and newly arrived Indo-Canadians. She provided integration needs long before these services were available to new immigrants. A founding member of Kamloops Multicultural Society forty years ago, she still plays an active role and regards diversity and multiculturalism as necessary to the health of a community. She is longtime member of the Kamloops Cariboo Immigrant Services Society and the Ladies Evening Auxiliary of Royal Inland Hospital. Volunteerism is Ambo’s way of life…she is a role model for her family AND…for the wider community.
Prince Rupert business leader Glen Saunders is a driving force in his community spearheading tourism initiatives and encouraging civic pride. When Glen calls, you respond by saying ‘yes’…I will help you’. He has inspired hundreds of volunteers to join him in the revitalization of the city’s downtown. It started with his vision for beautifying the Cow Bay waterfront, creating a retail hub out of an industrial area. Recently it was the ‘Paint Prince Rupert Forward’ campaign that saw 25 businesses being repainted by an army of weekend volunteers. Glen has served on the Tourism Prince Rupert Board and was instrumental in a group encouraging cruise ships to visit the area. Glen reflects a ‘can-do’ attitude and a commitment to the future.
More than 40 years ago, Gitksan artist Philip Janze hammered and carved his first piece of silver out of a coin. That began a lifelong exploration of gold and silver jewelry. Early on he made painstaking efforts to learn from other artists and mastered the technique of repousse. In the decades since, he’s produced a fine body of delicate and intricate pieces that have won him worldwide recognition. He’s also carved wood and made silkscreen prints. Influenced by his grandmother, Flora Martin among others, he is recognized as a leader in the revival of Northwest Coast Art.
Duz Cho Logging Ltd.
Duz Cho Logging is one of the largest logging companies in British Columbia. It is owned by the McLeod Lake Indian Band and is engaged in the harvesting of timber and its transport to sawmills, primarily in the Mackenzie Forest District.
Commitment, dedication and hard work describe David Dickson. He is the Safer Communities Coordinator at the Williams Lake RCMP. He has initiated a Business Watch program, the Mounted Citizens on Patrol, increased the volunteer component of Citizens on Patrol and spearheaded the Positive Ticketing Program that rewards young people for being good citizens. The results of these and other of his efforts have greatly contributed to a substantial reduction in the community’s crime statistics. David is also a member of the Board of Governors of Thompson Rivers University, a volunteer Training Supervisor with the Canadian Red Cross and a member of the Emergency Social Service team in Williams Lake.
Leonard Schein is an outstanding supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society both provincially and nationally. He has recently completed a term as Board Chair of the BC & Yukon division where he played a pivotal role in securing significant endowments and donations. He also strengthened the Society partnerships with other cancer organizations. Leonard is also recognized today for his important contributions to the field of arts and culture, having opened his first neighbourhood cinema, The Ridge, in Vancouver in 1977. He launched the Vancouver International Film Festival in 1982 and continues his connection to film today as President of Festival Cinemas. Leonard has contributed to the cultural fabric and quality of life in Vancouver for over thirty years.
Skeena Reece is a multi-disciplinary artist who challenges, informs and enlightens audiences through her performance art, video, photography and the characters she creates. Skeena studied at Northwest Community College, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the Banff Centre of Arts. She incorporates her multi-tribal Tsimshian/Cree/Metis heritage into a mix of traditional knowledge, humor, socio-political observations and spiritual testaments to transform viewers’ preconceived notions of the Aboriginal experience.