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.

George Akwasi Gyabaah Anderson

Community volunteering began early for George. He was still in high school when he first dedicated himself to improving his community and making life better for his fellow citizens. Volunteering at his local hospital, participating in the BC Youth Parliament and raising money to send children to camp are a few of his earlier activities. Not long after graduating, at just 20 years old, George was elected to Nanaimo’s city council where he was a strong voice for community and youth engagement. During his term of office, George demonstrated his leadership on the Transportation Committee making a lasting impact on the City of Nanaimo.

Donald James CM

The contributions Don James has made to Powell River’s arts and cultural community are literally music to people’s ears, so it’s natural they’d sing his praises. It began with the International Choral Festival Don launched three decades ago, and which continues as a major event and significant source of pride today. He founded the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, served as a juror for the Juno Awards and the CBC’s National Choir competition. His establishment of the Powell River Academy of Music forges opportunities for further generations of musicians. All of Don’s efforts have made Powell River a cultural capital for British Columbia and the world.

Lukas Peet

Since 2009, Peet has been practicing his craft with an aesthetic maturity and fluidity that has commanded attention. As owner of Lukas Peet design studio and co-founder of ANDlight, a Vancouver-based decorative lighting company, his work has been recognized with a number of awards. Peet brings a vast curiosity about objects, processes, materials and production techniques to his work while supporting his desire to challenge the familiar and the normative, and everything in between.

Tim Tom Construction

Tim Tom Construction & Concrete specializes in residential, commercial and industrial construction and concrete work. Making every clients vision a reality. The company strives to lead in all aspects of concrete and construction. It has achieved significant growth and given back to the community with donations to a range of local initiatives.

Kathleen Barnard

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.

Jim Kincaid

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 W. Moraes

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

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.

Haji Charania

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.