Susan Point, AOD

Susan Point, O.C., RCA., DFA., D.Litt. (1952–) is a descendant of the Musqueam, Coast Salish peoples; she is the daughter of Edna Grant and Anthony Point. Susan inherited the beliefs of her culture and ancestral traditions of her people from her mother Edna – who learned from her mother, Mary Charlie-Grant. Susan’s distinct style has inspired a movement in Coast Salish art. She draws creativity from the stories of her ancestors and forged the use of non-traditional materials and techniques, therefore inspiring a whole new generation of artists. Susan is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has been presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada. She has been recognized with an Indspire Achievement Award, a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, a B.C. Creative Achievement Award, appointed lifetime member to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, was listed one of B.C’s 100 Most Influential Women, and was named one of Vancouver’s 2012 Remarkable Women. Susan has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, the University of B.C. and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In 2016, Susan was a recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Civic Merit Award.

John Hatchett

Sun Peaks has health services because John Hatchett brought them there. He led the fundraising and community effort to build a facility to serve fifteen hundred people in his ski community. He also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the facility. His dedication inspired 25 people to follow his example and volunteer for Sun Peaks health services. John’s energy is contagious and his loyalty is unquestionable. His volunteer spirit is reflected in many achievements in addition to health care and John never hesitates to serve his mountain community.

Dr. Jay Yule

Since 1999, Dr. Jay Yule has had a profound impact on education, engagement and economic development in Powell River. Inspired by his own childhood experiences as a student who required extra learning support, Dr. Yule’s innovative approach has been a platform for progress. Programs for Aboriginal youth under his direction have led to improved graduation rates and he’s helped create pathways to academic success for all students. Dr. Yule has championed the needs of unique learners with creative initiatives and strong partnerships between Vancouver Island University and the Powell River School District. He has built numerous relationships and led the Powell River Regional Economic Development Society to ensure a sustainable future for his community.

Gitxsan Safety Services Inc.

Gitxsan Safety Services provides safety solutions in traffic management, over-sized load escort and piloting, medical services, security and safety monitoring through BC safety link.  GSS offers its employees full-time and seasonal opportunities as well as training and support.  Economic spin-off benefits are also realized in communities where GSS does business.

Donald H.E. Hubbard

Many boards on Vancouver Island have benefited from Don Hubbard’s distinguished and lengthy service. His commitments intersect all aspects of his community life and include Vancouver Island University, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Ducks Unlimited, the Haven Society of Nanaimo and the Rotary Club. That diverse range of effort is united in his dedication to making positive change with all his volunteer undertakings. Don ensures ideas become action with his transformational leadership and we thank Don for his outstanding community contribution.

Mel Munsen

Mel Munsen is a master of fused glass, a technique demanding artistic sensitivity, painstaking work and a thorough understanding of his chosen material. Over the past 20 years, Munsen’s exceptional art glass has been shown in Victoria galleries. He also has an international profile abroad where he has exhibited and sold work in museums and galleries in Canada, the United States, Italy, Japan and Korea.

Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation

The Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation focuses on economic self-sufficiency and employment opportunities for band members. It oversees five businesses: a sand, gravel and equipment operating company, a forest resource company, a tourist destination, a utility company and a successful joint venture residential development corporation.