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. 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 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 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 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.
It is her smiling face, her loving spirit, her compassion and patience that make Anne Hebert stand out as one of the most dedicated volunteers in Trail. For eighteen years, since her retirement from COMINCO at age 65, Anne has volunteered every week at Kate’s Kitchen, a lunch program of Trail’s Salvation Army. They can always count on her to be there … to make the soup and sandwiches, to interact with the clients, to train new volunteers. She is a regular, too, at the care home, Poplar Ridge Pavilion, assisting with birthday celebrations. She makes others feel good, her happy attitude is contagious. Anne continues to do all of this at the young age of 85.
Steve Wilson served the youth of our province with distinction through his leadership of Junior Achievement of British Columbia and its mission to deliver business education and financial literacy to our youth. He is focused on providing students with the tools they need to succeed in our new and challenging economy. Under his watch, Junior Achievement initiated the Dollars and Sense Program that will be delivered this year to 3,000 BC students. He developed a strong volunteer program at Junior Achievement and increased its community presence through the new Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame. Steve’s volunteer and philanthropic efforts speak to his passion for strengthening the business leaders of our future.
Canoe Creek Hydro is a run-of-the-river hydropower facility built and operated by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, with 25% owned by Swiftwater Power Corporation of Nanaimo. The clean energy produced is sold to BC Hydro and powers 2,000 homes.
Strongly rooted in his community, Ron Antalek is known for his enormous generosity and genuine compassion. Volunteer, philanthropist, hospital board vice-chair and initiator of many acts of kindness, Ron is an example to all citizens. His major donation to Ridge Meadows Hospital and willingness to have the funding directed to mental health…an area of great need…was an inspired gift. The resulting expanded Psychiatric Unit has reduced the pressure on the emergency department and allowed the timely treatment of mental health patients. His gift was also a visible incentive to other potential donors. Ron is one of those rare individuals whose big heart, positive spirit and enthusiasm touch his entire community.