Paddy Macleod has dedicated the past 45 years to enriching Vancouver’s cultural landscape. As the General Manager of the Vancouver Cantata Singers (VCS) she leveraged her experience to not only obtain grant funding, but to assist the Director and choir in winning the Canada Council’s Healey-Willan Prize, three times. Paddy co-founded the Blackbird Theatre Company in 2004, and through her volunteer work and commitment to mentorship, she has helped shape the province’s arts scene. Today, Paddy is a board member and secretary of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Concert Hall and Theatre Society.
Carrielynn Victor, (Stó:lö, Coast Salish & Mixed Western European Heritage) from the community, XwChí:yóm (Cheam), is a gifted artist. Her paintings and murals reflect her belief of her role as a defender of the earth. Carrielynn lives a holistic lifestyle that feeds her creative processes and results in vivid colours and geometric designs raising a refreshing new genre of Indigenous art. An artist, fisher, plant harvester and medicines practitioner, Carrielynn’s work fuses ancestral knowledge and a deep connection to her culture with contemporary techniques and styles. Her practice considers spirit and sexuality, community, interconnectedness, land, and sustainability. She shares stories of her own as well as stories that provide snapshots of Stó:lō history and world views. Carrielynn is based in Cheam, her father’s family’s ancestral village on the banks of the Lower Fraser River.
Located on the Skeetchestn Reserve, Painted Rock Aggregates provides customers in the region with the highest quality aggregate products, while employing and training people on the reserve and keeping money in the community. Significant restructuring in the spring of 2015 brought the company from an alarming deficit to a production efficiency that has seen outputs skyrocket and a customer base expand significantly.
As founder of the Metchosin Community Association, Jo Mitchell has played a pivotal role in developing a rich and vibrant community through their Community House – quite literally, the heart of Metchosin. Jo has also served as President of the Metchosin Equestrian Society, joint founder of the Neighbourhood Response Program and editor of the community’s local paper. She served as a Councillor for three terms and, during this time, she inspired support for the Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre Association, and the Seniors’ Information Resource Centre. As a result of Jo’s vision and dedication, Metchosin was one of the first to be recognized as an ‘age friendly community’ by the BC Provincial Government.
Kelsey Hall (KC) of Bella Bella, in Heiltsuk Nation territory on the central coast of BC, belongs to the House of Wakas and descends from noted Heiltsuk artist Chief Robert Bell. His artistic practice stems from handwriting, lettering and graffiti skills developed in high school. Mentored and influenced by many BC First Nations artists, KC has collaborated with local artists on many projects, including murals for Granville Island’s newest public space. He has been commissioned for art that demonstrate his knowledge of traditional First Nations craft, creating a mural for the UBC Museum of Anthropology, and co-designing a Spirit Blanket that was presented to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Bella Bella. KC’s art is modernist with traditional roots. His work arises out of the tension between ancient First Nations skills and traditions and the urban digital world he now inhabits. The skill with which KC navigates this rift shows in his use of formline to create habitat for traditional figures with a distinctively modern/Manga twist.
In 1972 Splats’in Indian Band built a small store at the bottom of Canyon Rd and Highway 97A. From these humble beginnings, Quilakwa Investments has developed into a full service convenience store and a high-end iconic building that houses a Tim Hortons, a small art gallery and professional office space. It is now one of the biggest employers and economic drivers for Splats’in– a truly inspirational role model.
Charles Newton has dedicated 28 years to serving the Granisle Volunteer Fire Department, and 26 years as a member of the BC Ambulance Service, volunteering as an on-call ambulance attendant to help those in need. During a blizzard in 2006, Charles took it upon himself to visit each home in the region, to ensure the residents were safe and able to withstand the storm. In a small town where many residents are older, Charles’ generosity and tireless service provides comfort and a strong sense of community for all.