Sue Bauman

For over 40 years, Sue Bauman has gone above and beyond serving others as a professional and community volunteer in the non-profit sector. For example, Sue served North Shore Family Services with distinction for 25 years. There she championed many critical community initiatives in support of children, women and families. Sue also served on the Vancouver Police Board and is currently on the boards of the Wolverton Family Foundation and Generation I Foundation supporting children. Sue’s strong leadership, work ethic and integrity have been of great benefit to our Province.

Dr. Robert Krell

Hidden as a child in the Netherlands during the Holocaust, acclaimed child and family psychiatrist and UBC professor emeritus, Dr. Krell deeply understands the necessity of Holocaust remembrance: learning from its lessons, providing education, supporting survivors and ensuring their stories are not lost. Dr. Krell founded the Holocaust Education Centre in Vancouver in 1994; tens of thousands of students have visited the centre to learn about the terrible consequences of racial prejudice and the ways to combat it. Dr. Krell also founded a group for child survivors, giving voice to their experience.

Cindy Wilgosh

Whether it is health and wellness programs to benefit families with Aboriginal children, youth, seniors or the community at large or fostering cultural sharing and understanding at the North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Centre, which she helped to establish, Cindy Wilgosh embodies the spirit of today’s community achievement awards. While Cindy has a part time job as the Aboriginal Engagement Coordinator in Clearwater for Success by Six, a provincial wide program dedicated to creating child and family friendly communities, she gives another 100% of her time volunteering for the overall care and well-being of her community. Nothing stops Cindy from accomplishing everything she sets out to do.

Inlailawatash Natural Resource Services

Inlailawatash Natural Resource Services provides a range of renewable resource services to Aboriginal and crown governments, private sector organizations, communities and NGO’s in five key business areas: renewable resources management, archeology, GIS and mapping, tree service, ecosystem restoration and resource construction. Inlailawatash can tailor its work to provide a broad spectrum of services that meet the highest standards of quality.


Richard (Wayne) Beckett

For Port Alice, Wayne Beckett is willing to do anything necessary to make his community a better place. Of particular note is his dedication to the volunteer Fire Department. For over forty years, Wayne has been on duty 24-7, 365 days a year. As well, Wayne served the Port Alice Marine Search and Rescue Society for 18 years and has been a devoted member of the Royal Canadian Legion Port Alice Branch. Whether it is a parade, Remembrance Day activities, Scouts, special events, Community Christmas parties, Wayne is always there. Every community needs a Wayne Beckett.

Wanda Laughlin

On behalf of the 580 residents of Sointula on Malcolm Island, between Northern Vancouver Island and the Mainland, we recognize Wanda for all of her many contributions to her community’s cultural, social and economic well-being. A founder of the Sointula Recreation Association, she served as its President for over four decades, overseeing the acquisition of its seven community buildings and its programs. Wanda has served on many committees including the Sointula Co-op Store Board and the Malcolm Island Local Services Management Committee. The message is clear…in Sointula…you go to Wanda to get things done.

Richard Wruth

photo: Hon. John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes presented a 2015 BC Community Achievement Award to Vanderhoof resident, Richard Wruth. Richard Wurth is honoured for his overwhelming commitment to the youth and children of Vanderhoof. As we all know, Richard is responsible for founding, building and growing Vanderhoof Children’s Theatre. In 22 years, Richard has worked with over 1,000 children from grades 2-12 directing over 30 productions. No one is ever turned away. He is involved with every aspect of the theatre including overseeing approximately 100 volunteers per production, fundraising, ticket sales, rehearsals, costume creation and props; Each production takes a minimum of 400 hours of Richard’s volunteer time. Richard continues to expand the theatre including leading a group of 28 students to Disneyland for theatre workshops. Richard is a community achiever for which all British Columbia is proud.

Lakeshore Resort and Campground

One hundred percent owned and operated by the Akisqnuk First Nation and located on Lake Windermere is the Columbia Valley’s largest lakeshore campground, featuring 77 serviced and 72 non-serviced campsites. The newly constructed Legacy Hall enables the campground resort to hold cultural events, concerts, weddings, and family reunions, increasing its income and spreading the word about their culture.


Anne Bethune

For 28 years, Anne has been the driving force behind the growth of Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports. This organization enables those with disabilities to experience skiing and boarding at Seymour, Cypress and Grouse Mountains. Anne’s contributions cannot be underestimated. She has given over 25,000 lesson, certified instructors, created an adaptive race program and fundraised tirelessly. Her success can be summed up by Canadian Olympian Steve Podborski who wrote “Anne has created a place for those who have lost so much, enabling them to fly and play and learn and enjoy our great Canadian winter”.

Darren & Beth Laur

Since 1993, Darren and Beth have reached over one hundred thousand junior and senior students, teachers, parents, and law enforcement with the objective of making youth aware of the perks and pitfalls of living online everyday. Through their company, Personal Protection Systems, they present programs about internet and social media safety. They also respond to individual young people who are facing cyber bulling or other online issues. With their exceptional knowledge of technologies and a gift of communication, Beth and Darren are powerful resources for youth and their parents in the internet age.