Tipi Mountain Native Plants Ltd.

Tipi Mountain Native Plants of Cranbrook is focused on providing local native plant material to British Columbia’s varied ecosystems. It grows over 80 different species and propagates its stock from locally collected seed plants. Tipi Mountain is at the leading edge of the upsurge in commercial and social interest in using native plant species. It has created an excellent community based training program in native plant horticulture and collaborates with other First Nations to share knowledge.

Jean Gelwicks

Jean Gelwicks receives a community award today for the profound impact she has had on Salt Spring Island. With a kind and masterful manner, she leads and works on projects of enduring community value. Jean founded and chairs a community coalition called Partners Creating Pathways, a network of pedestrian and bike trails. She is the founder and heart and soul of the Stewards in Training program, where dozens of volunteer mentors lead elementary school students in nature-focused learning experiences. An active contributor to the Salt Spring Island Conservancy Board and Transition Salt Spring, Jean is a volunteer with a passionate commitment to her community.

John McQuade

His nominator says…if you need something done on short notice, you should call John McQuade – you won’t be disappointed. That’s the measure of the retired Burnaby firefighter standing before you. John has never shied away from any ASK when it comes from the community…..small, big or even seemingly impossible. Most recently, he was Director of Volunteers for the 2012 BC Seniors Games and he was vital in making those games a great success. John has initiated or volunteered on countless community boards and events in Burnaby and has been an active volunteer with the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society and its long history of service to the community.

Transformation International

Uniting business and culture, that’s the sustaining vision of Transformation International, a social and economic development consulting company. Owners, Ainjil Hunt and Carol Anne Hilton are recognized leaders in their field offering their specialized services to First Nations, businesses, government and industries. From resource management advising, social and economic development strategies, corporate engagement,facilitation, training and organizational development, Transformation is truly an innovative and responsive company. As their name suggests, they are in the business of transformations, making a positive impact communities, organizations and corporations.

Afraj Gill

We honour Afraj today for outstanding community service during his high school years in British Columbia. He was a role model, connecting his school with the local community through a wide range of charitable events. He was a leader and organizer for clubs, teams and student government and he was deeply respected by students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. Afraj was also an exemplary member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.  With the organization, Advocates for Social and Heritage Awareness, Afraj volunteered over 4000 hours speaking to young people about self-motivation and taking stands for positive change. A third year student at Queens University School of Business, Afraj Gill continues to excel and to inspire.

Brianne Moore

Committed and compassionate describe Grade 12 student Brianne Moore. Among her many contributions, she is a key activist in the school’s leadership program organizing a wide variety of events to create an atmosphere of spirit and caring. She is a representative for Student Voice, a group that raises youth concerns within the school and to the local city council. She was part of a group that won a grant to launch a fair-trade organic tea and coffee shop on the school premises, with all profits directed to poverty initiatives. Brianne is also a valued and active member of Me to We. This focused young humanitarian has a bright future ahead of her.

Idar Bergseth

Idar has been practising his art of designing and producing jewellery for more than 50 years.  His work is wide ranging in subject and treatment, from his Summer Rings hand forged in gold and accented with diamonds and other precious gemstones to unique handmade pieces commissioned by such organizations as the Royal Ontario Museum. He has received numerous awards, including, most recently, the first Canadian store to win INSTORE Magazine’s award for “America’s Coolest Store.”