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.
Award Year: 2016
The breadth and diversity of Tom Dielissen’s remarkable commitment have helped shaped Prince George, changing its arts, culture, sports and government, in addition to improving the lives of the underprivileged. His dedication as board chair for Exploration Place was just as strong and thorough in his volunteering for local theatre, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the Salvation Army and local schools. Known for his generosity of spirit and a genuine interest in others is how Tom serves Prince George and its people. His selfless devotion to making a difference is a catalyst to everyone with whom he volunteers.
Dr. Bernadette Pauly
As a nurse, educator and researcher, Dr. Bernie Pauly is recognized for her passionate commitment to improving the health of people marginalized by society. Through Bernie’s work, she has not only helped to improve the lives of others, but as an educator, has inspired many students to follow her lead. Her impact has been felt in the many organizations she has supported such as the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, AIDS Vancouver Island, and the Society of Living Illicit Drug Users. Bernie continues working towards the goals of health equity and reducing harms associated with substance use and homelessness. Respected for her knowledge and professionalism, Bernie is admired for the sincere warmth and compassion she brings to all she does.
Xwalacktun’s work has changed the artistic and physical landscape both within Canada and internationally through a range of commissions, community endeavors, and exhibitions. In Scotland, poles stand as a symbol of friendship between Europe and Canada. Throughout Salish territory, Xwalacktun’s pieces – created in a variety of mediums: wood, concrete, metal, rock – can be found on top of mountains, in parks, at elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions, in communities and in museums. Lovingly referred to as “The Boss”, this Master artist has influenced thousands of emerging artists through the school systems inspiring them to connect with their creative spirit. Fluent in multiple forms of First Nation’s design, Xwalacktun shares both his cultural knowledge and innovation while ensuring each piece speaks to important themes such as interconnectedness, community, and environmental awareness. His relaxed teaching approach, combined with his commitment to excellence, both inspires and stretches students to experiment, communicate, and connect with their audiences.
Tsi Del Del Enterprises Ltd.
For decades, across many aspects of life in Terrace, Brian Downie has been quiet and steadfast in his commitment to make things better. Every year, he raises money for community projects and no task is too big or too small for Brian who rolls up his sleeves to accomplish what needs to be done. The Salvation Army post relies on Brian’s driving and vehicle maintenance and his overseeing its kitchen volunteers. His leadership as a Rotarian serves as a role model for all. Whenever a need arises, Brian Downie is at the forefront working to meet that need as the heart of Terrace. He is a “transforming influence” in his community.
Shortly after arriving in Enderby to teach in 1967, John Pavelich – “JP” set about doing everything he could to make life better for the city. He’s an exemplary volunteer, known as the “Garage Sale Guru” who also has raised money to build ramps, gazebos, tennis courts and can organize a stellar pancake breakfast! John is integral to Enderby and has contributed significantly to its social, cultural and economic well-being. It’s said that if you call “JP” the job will get done and “JP” is revered and relied upon as one of Enderby’s most beloved and trusted residents.
Big Bear Services Wildlife Monitoring
Established in 1967, Mustang Survival has been designing and manufacturing lifesaving solutions for close to 50 years in Burnaby, BC. Through constant innovation and inspired technical solutions, Mustang Survival is the leading supplier of quality flotation and personal protective equipment to the most demanding maritime and aviation customers.
Inspiring youth in British Columbia to care for the environment is Judy’s mission. A decade ago, she started Youth for Environmental Stewardship — YesBC. Thousands of young people have become environmental leaders because of her innovative approach, and the organization continues to grow as a meaningful, effective environmental education group. Judy is known as a passionate collaborator who can translate the multi-dimensional problems surrounding climate change issues into concrete, tangible and most importantly, surmountable issues. She has inspired a generation of youth who are active environmental stewards thanks to Judy’s leadership, positive energy and unwavering hope for a more sustainable future.