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.
What began for Kathleen Barnard as a diagnosis of skin cancer became a “call to action”, and a mission to change the attitudes and policies around the disease. As the founder of the ‘Save-Your-Skin Foundation’, which now reaches and impacts the lives of patients throughout North America, Kathy is an advocate for everyone whose life she touches. Working one-on-one with patients, their families and the people who care for them ensuring they receive the financial and emotional resources needed to fight the disease Kathy is viewed as their mentor and their friend. Her leadership raises awareness around skin cancer while making British Columbia a better and more sun-safe community.
As President of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, Jim Kincaid is a committed and inspiring voice, and one that’s achieved an international profile for the institution he serves. That commitment is also reflected in his presence on the boards of the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society and the Peace Region Palaeontology Centre. Jim’s work as the director of the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark has given the community hope through transforming the challenges of the local economy. His visionary leadership and integrity, coupled with a skill set that promotes collaboration, have been of great benefit to Tumbler Ridge and its citizens.
Corey Moraes is of Tsimshian heritage (Lax Kw’alaams Band) and belongs to the Raven Clan. His work can be seen in many publications, museums, galleries and private collections in North America, England and Japan and his designs have gained international recognition. In 2010, Moraes was the recipient of the Aboriginal Traditional Visual Art Award from the Canada Council for the Arts. A largely self-taught artist, he explains, in his own words: “As far as I know, there weren’t any artists in my family. When I was about twenty-five, I started to look back at my own culture, in an exploration of who I was. So I did research in museums, galleries, and books and I had a moment of epiphany — the old pieces spoke to me in a certain way. It’s my hope that every time I create a piece, it will live on long after I’m gone from this earth.”
Tla’amin Convenience Store is a full service facility selling gas, local art, jewellery and is home to the Sli City Grill. Within a year the store evolved from a Mom and Pop operation to a full-fledged community hub. The restaurant now includes catering services and has become a youth training center in culinary and retail management.
Ask anyone in Saanich about Haji, and they’ll likely tell you he’s the heart and soul of the community. He’s worked to improve life there for 45 years. The organization he founded, the North Quadra Community Association, influences many municipal improvements. His retirement has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of his community and Haji has volunteered for numerous causes and programs, serving on the Saanich Police Board, Victoria Airport Authority and the Saanich Volunteer Services Society, to name a few, for more than four decades. His consistent leadership demonstrates his passion and commitment to the people he serves.
Vancouver Island’s Wild Pacific Trail exists because of the passionate efforts of “Oyster Jim” and Barbara. The trail, along the island’s west coast, has made a significant contribution not just to the community of Ucluelet, but to Vancouver Island and all of British Columbia. “Oyster Jim” envisioned a trail at the edge of the ocean, then set out to build it, bushwhacking much of its length himself. Barbara is dedicated to administering the Wild Pacific Trail’s fundraising and management, furthering the trail society’s educational goals. Together, their vision has made the natural splendour of British Columbia’s west coast accessible to its citizens, visitors and future generations.
Born in Alert Bay, Corrine Hunt has been creating contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Komoyue and Tlingit heritage for more than 24 years. Corrine’s works include engraved gold and sterling silver jewellery and accessories, custom furnishings in carved stainless steel and reclaimed wood, modern totem poles, and other sculptural installations. A member of the Raven Gwa’wina clan from Ts’akis, a Komoyue village on Vancouver Island, Corrine’s rich family history includes internationally renowned First Nations artists Henry, Richard and Tony Hunt, all of whom have influenced her art. Uncle Norman Brotchie was also an early teacher and mentor. Corrine too has mentored First Nations and other artists and continues to be a strong and vocal supporter of the arts in British Columbia.
Ravneet Dhaliwal has served her community with inspiration and impact. As the co-founder of a unique mentorship and tutoring company, Ravneet made her mark as a youth leader who contributed to a program that not only helps students in school but also offers opportunities to lead them to their passions in life.