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Strengthening our communities through collaboration

While our worlds may feel smaller since we are staying at home and maintaining limited social circles, in some ways, professional worlds are getting bigger. We have seen growing collaborations between businesses to collectively solve problems. For example, Mustang Survival and Arc’teryx joined forces to create protective gowns for frontline healthcare workers. These two companies, awardees of the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design, came together to find an innovative solution using each of their skill sets, experience and passion to serve their …

#shinethelightbc honouring the 2020 Community Awardees

On April 27th, BC Achievement announced the names of 25 impressive recipients of the 17th annual Community Award. Hailing from regions throughout BC and reflecting the diversity of this remarkable province, these awardees represent what it means to be the change you want to see in the world.   The selection committee tasked with reviewing nominations and determining the list of recipients had a difficult job of selecting only 25 individuals for the award; a challenge given the high calibre of the nominations, each worthy of recognition for their contributions. The committee found that there is no shortage of people who lead by example, who …

BC Indigenous businesses navigating through the pandemic

A recent survey by Small Business BC and their partners revealed some key findings on challenges faced by the small business community because of COVID-19. Those included everything from a drop in revenue, a decrease in demand for products and services and a reduction in staff. These businesses are not alone and their struggles are not going unnoticed; there have been a number of government programs put in place to support these businesses and there have also been initiatives that encourage people to continue to patronize their local shops and services. Small Business BC has done just that by creating Small …

Indigenous Business

Impact on Indigenous businesses

A recent survey by Vancity reported that BC has the second-largest number or self-employed Indigenous workers in Canada, after Ontario with 21% of the national total. How has Covid-19 impacted this growing number of businesses? With a rapidly evolving situation, it’s hard to know how companies have been impacted but we do have a sense of how they’re adapting. Updates from our Indigenous Business Award alumni show that many businesses are adapting to working from home. If you’re new to working remotely, you can have …

Alternative Spaces

Alternative spaces for artists

Across the world people are practicing self-isolation and shifting how they interact with others. Thankfully artists are accustomed to being creative and finding unique ways to share their art with diverse audiences.  More and more we see artists showcasing their work online through virtual exhibits and digital gatherings. They’re relying on social media platforms to help them sell their art exclusively online, shipping it to clients directly and therefore, maintaining physical distancing.  There’s no substitute for the experience of a real-time live art show which allows intimate access to the fine lines of the brushstroke, the smell of a cedar carving, or the texture …

Mustang Survival Blog

Alumni helping create protective gear during the COVID Crisis 

BC companies are jumping in and helping to flatten the COVID-19 curve. Award alumni of the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design program Mustang Survival of Burnaby, already makes life jackets and survival suits and they’ve now partnered with local apparel makers to manufacture life-protecting hospital gowns for Vancouver Coastal Health.    Mustang Survival has been working closely with another Carter Wosk Award alumni, Arc’teryx a high-performance outdoor equipment and clothing company founded in BC. Together, and alongside other local companies, they’ve been working on the fabric, design and production of the gowns. The innovation comes not just in meeting an urgent need, but that the gowns are being made …