A 10 year resident of British Columbia, Khouri’s furniture design is both sculptural and functional; a blend of art and design. It represents the cultural and historical influences of the countries in which she has lived: Egypt, Lebanon, Paris, Spain and Italy. Artistically she has been influenced by Henry Moore and the Bauhaus School. Khouri has exhibited in New York, Paris, London and Tokyo has completed public art commissions in the United States and Asia. In 2012, Western Living Magazine named Khouri its Industrial Designer of the Year.
Judy Dix is an extraordinary volunteer: knowledgeable, professional and an outstanding problem solver. Judy served as the Mayor’s executive assistant until 2007 and during that time was an invaluable resource for her community. Retiring, Judy has been actively involved with Volunteer Prince George, the Seniors’ Activity Centre, Canadian Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and Prince George CrimeStoppers. Judy is a founding member of the Prince George Community Foundation and has organized the Prince George Cerebral Palsy Sports Association for 30 years. Judy is appreciated for her team spirit, humour, kindness and sense of responsibility. She truly characterizes “community” by both her attitudes and her actions.
Michael McCoy provides innovative and effective social service solutions to issues facing families and individuals of all ages and cultures in the city of Richmond. He has been executive director of the Touchstone Family Association for thirty years. He is a strong believer in community partnerships for both support and funding. Among the programs he has initiated are the Restorative Justice alternative, the Front Porch Program providing barrier free counselling and the Eating Together campaign to encourage the importance of family mealtimes. His dynamic leadership has resulted in Touchstone Family Association receiving national accreditation for best practice in social services. Michael’s opinions and innovative ideas have been, and continue to be, the catalyst for positive change within the community of Richmond.
Trained at Emily Carr University and Capilano College in textile art and design and metal sculpture, Tania is a jewellery designer whose work is strong, bold, elegant and confident. Tania travels the world in her constant search for inspiration and raw materials such as leather, ebony, bone, metal, agate and gemstones. Her jewellery is defined by using traditional techniques in new applications resulting in a strong and clear aesthetic. Tania’s work has been shown across the United States and Canada.
Of Wayne Duzita it has been said…“There could be no better model of how to serve vigorously but modestly to achieve great community results”. The Roundtable for the Richmond Christmas Fund is a prime example. Now its Chair, he took a vision of creating an army of volunteers and brought it to reality. The result…$200,000 raised…for Richmond families. He founded the YVR Golf for Kids Fundraiser which has raised more than $3million dollars for children’s charities. He has also served as chair of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and its Foundation. He is on the board of the Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation, Tourism Richmond and Trinity Western University Advisory Council. Wayne is one of British Columbia’s great community contributors and his efforts will be felt for many, many years.
Business leader John McLernon is the driving force behind the Streetohome Foundation, a community organization that addresses the needs of the homeless in Vancouver. John has chaired the organization since its establishment in 2008. John has also served on numerous city boards including the Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Foundation.
Haida artist Ben Davidson draws upon his knowledge of traditional Haida design and craftsmanship to create unique contemporary pieces. Ben is a member of a long line of respected Haida artists with whom he has apprenticed or studied including his father, Robert and his uncle Reg. Finely carved jewellery, cedar masks and panels, paper and forton casts and totem poles are all part of his practice. Ben’s work is shows at his gallery in Skidegate and in BC’s major galleries.