The BC Mountaineering Club, the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia and the citizens of our Province are grateful for Michael Feller’s efforts over the past 50 years. Associate professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry, Michael has dedicated a lifetime to the preservation and enjoyment of our forests. For the BC Mountaineering Club, he has been archivist and author, editor and publisher. From his initiatives regarding land use policies along the Sea to the Sky corridor to his academic research work to designing a forest conservation course for fourth year students at UBC, Michael has relentlessly advocated for the alpine environment and the responsible and respectful use of wilderness resources.
Donald Pettit spearheaded environmental initiatives that helped define the City of Dawson Creek as a leader in sustainability in North America. He was a founding member of the Peace Energy Co-operative that promoted the first commercial wind power project in BC. He created the Citizen's Advisory on Environmental Research and was a leader in the development of Energy House on the Dawson Creek Campus of Northern Lights College.
A member of the Wuikinuxv Nation, Bracken is a graduate of the Enowkin Centre of Indigenous Art in Penticton and Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver. He is a multi-disciplinary artist who began first working in theater and performance prior to transitioning to digital-media and visual arts. Of Bracken, it has been said, the represents a new face of Aboriginal art in Canada with his ability to move between traditional and contemporary media with ease.
Keith Gibson, known to all as “Gibby”, is a true champion for the communities of the westcoast of Vancouver Island. From his extensive fundraising for a multitude of community efforts to the time and energy he gives to promoting sport and supporting youth, he is a leader and an inspiring example. His annual charity golf tournament in support of Ucluelet Secondary School, raises more than $20,000 to fund the school’s athletic programs. Gibby is chair of the West Coast Multiplex society, which will see the dream of a regional multi-generational facility become a reality in the future. Through his ownership of a local golf course, Gibby finds ways to support countless community activities. He is a true westcoaster and makes a strong difference in his community.
Ethel’s Smith’s award is a tangible thank you from the people of Loon Lake, a small Caribou community. For 38 years, Ethel Smith voluntarily operated a first aid post at Loon Lake. She aided hundreds and hundreds of people, permanent and summer residents, tourists and guests. Whether it was an embedded fish hook, or a suspected heart attack, or care when someone was discharged from hospital, Ethel treated them all. It was comforting to know, given that Loon Lake is located about an hour’s drive from the nearest emergency room in Ashcroft, that Ethel was there with her first aid kit and training if any medical or first aid situation arose. For her generous devotion to the well-being and health of her community, we honour Ethel today.
Textile artist and weaver Meghann O’Brien was born in Alert Bay of Haida, Kwak-waka’waka and Irish ancestry. Megahann’s robes and baskets are intricate and labour intensive and reflect her commitment to working with materials from the earth: bark, roots, wool and sinew. Meghann has worked with master weavers such as Tismishian artist William White and Haida artist Sherri Dick.
Daphne Goode exemplifies community spirit through her professional career in media, community broadcasting and communications and through her countless volunteer initiatives. She is full of energy for Victoria and its residents and it shows: she has impacted a wide variety of fields: arts and culture, environment, healthcare, business, philanthropy, education, women’s issues, seniors and youth. For twenty years, Daphne has worked with Shaw Communications where as Program Director and as Community Relations and Access Coordinator, she has interacted with many community organizations. Her volunteer years have been tallied – 150! Daphne constantly contributes to the public good.
The health of a community depends on many key elements, but primary is a stable physician base. Marilin States’ knowledge and expertise have made her the very successful physician recruiter for the Creston Valley. As the Town of Creston Mayor says, “Marilin has surpassed expectations in her creativity, adaptability and efficiency with limited resources to attract doctors to the area.” Her success has been achieved through the relationships she has built locally and provincially. Marilin gives generously of her personal time to assist with the ongoing assimilation of new physicians and their families into the community. She is a great ambassador for the Creston Valley and her efforts have resulted in providing her community with stable medical care.