2015 Community Award Winners
Oct 27, 2015
On Monday, October 26, West Vancouver honoured ten individuals and three groups with Community Awards in the areas of the arts & culture, environment, heritage, health, wellness & activity and civic commitment. The awards were presented by members of West Vancouver Council during the council meeting.
Award recipients were nominated by members of the community and the winners selected by the District's Awards Committee.
Arts & Culture
For the past 21 years, Liane has worked behind the scenes to advance the work of our community art gallery and has been largely responsible for establishing the level of excellence that the Ferry Building Gallery has come to be known for. Liane works in all capacities as a volunteer and has dedicated thousands of hours to build the Ferry Building Gallery into what it is today. With over 55,000 visitors annually, this cultural hub in Ambleside has become a significant arts and culture destination. Without the outstanding contribution of Liane Dickson, the Gallery could not have achieved its success, or maintained the high level of quality service.
Chris has always been community minded. His love for West Vancouver stretches out to organising community minded, family focused events. Chris draws together members of the community to share stories, triumphs, diversities and similarities through the Beacon newsletter. In 2012, Chris organized the Wander Caulfeild event, an immense collaboration of local historians, writers, artists, and merchants working together to turn a spotlight on the history of Olde Caulfeild and beginnings of West Vancouver. In May 2015, Chris organized a very successful Caulfeild Community Days at Caulfeild Village. Chris’ love of community extends to his work with older members of the community and St. Francis in The Wood Church, West Vancouver’s oldest churches.
Urszula Sulinska is President of the North Shore Polish Association. Since her move to Canada, she has been involved in promoting Polish culture and history. Thanks to her personal involvement and work, Polish minority has become visible in West Vancouver. Urszula is a true champion in promoting Polish culture and art in West Vancouver.
Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club
Since the establishment of the club in 1975, the club has generously donated over a million dollars to many West Vancouver and North Shore projects. Some of the ongoing projects the club is involved in include the annual Mayor's Lawn Bowling Tournament, with proceeds going to the West Vancouver Community Foundation. The club has enriched our community by awarding bursaries to three West Vancouver high schools and supporting causes like the West Vancouver’s Cops for Cancer Run as well as Heart and Stroke Foundations. All these functions have been done and supplied by the Tiddlycove Club as part of their ongoing dedication to West Vancouver with all costs covered by the club.
Carolanne was elected to Council, appointed as the (first) heritage liaison in West Vancouver, organized the celebration of Heritage Week in 1989 and has ever since. Carolanne started the annual RoyalTea-by-the-Sea in 2000 and is Chair of Heritage West Van. Her commitment to our community is extensive and comprehensive. Carolanne has attended almost every council meeting since 1988 and been appointed to committees. She put up the first website (1995) with West Vancouver agendas, and started a newsletter in 1999. West Van Matters includes transcripts of council meetings and other information. Carolanne has served on many committees and on the boards of several local organizations including West Vancouver Streamkeepers and the Ambleside and Dundarave Ratepayers’ Association.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library are a dedicated and highly valued team of the Library family. They are active volunteers and quiet supporters who work together to enrich library programs, collections and services. Some of the activities they have been involved in or supported over the years include: sponsoring the Summer Reading Club program and ceremony for children and teens, sponsoring the North Shore Writer’s Festival, holding semi-annual book sales and distributing old books to disadvantaged school/libraries locally and aboard. Their contributions make the library an extra special place for our residents and visitors.
James Stout is starting his 47th year as a Scout Leader in West Vancouver. During this time, he has made a lasting and significant difference in the lives of over 1,000 West Vancouver young people. Over the past several decades, Jim has been an energetic volunteer leader of youth of all age levels. He has, and continues to, introduce youth to nature, teaching them how to respect it and how to survive in the outdoors and prepare for the unexpected. Jim has influenced many youth and parents over the years, especially those parents who have become leaders with him. Some of his former youth, who are now adults, have returned to help lead today’s youth members.
Robert Clark is being recognized for his commitments to the Kiwanis Housing Society Board and as a volunteer for the Seniors' Activity Centre. Bob has been an outstanding volunteer at the Seniors Activity Centre for more than 15 years and has been a member of the Housing Society’s Board for the past eight years as Vice President and Treasurer. His willingness to volunteer his time not only for the Housing Society but to many other community activities is truly incredible. His work has always been in the interest of helping seniors in our community. Bob epitomizes an individual who acts in a generous way, kind and selfless manner for the common good without expectation of reward and who has, for many years, made a significant positive impact on the lives of many West Vancouver citizens and the community.
Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise
The Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise has the legacy of serving our community as well as those overseas with genuine concern and generosity. They have set the standard for fellowship, truth and integrity in leading by example. Some examples that highlight their commitment to West Vancouver include the annual seniors Christmas lunch at the Community Centre. Events like these enrich the lives of people to an immeasurable extent. The Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise dedicates many of its efforts to the youth of the community. The extent of their community engagement is vast and includes many more programs and activities that enrich our community in an immense breadth of ways.
Alexandra has been the President of the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society for the past six years. She first became involved with the society in 2005 when she came out to her first ivy pull on the Valley of the Giants. She loves physical activity and being out in nature. By 2006 she was a Director responsible for all weed pull events and in 2007 she became the Vice President and by September 2009 she took over the role as President. Alexandra has made an enormously positive contribution to the community by her dedication and hard work, administering the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society in all aspects.
Health, Wellness & Activity
Jane was actively involved in Family Court and the Youth Justice Committee during the 1990s. During her time, the committee was busy educating and addressing domestic violence and youth justice issues on the North Shore. Jane’s dedicated work resulted in a formal review of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. It was during her time on the Family Court and Youth Justice Committee that Jane learned about the need for a resource to aid homeless youth on the North Shore. Her work further highlighted the fact was a youth homeless problem on the North Shore. Jane contributed a tremendous amount to the District of West Vancouver, making it a better place to live for residents no matter their socio-economic status.
For the past 16 years, Mike played an essential role in the development of RCM SAR’s Station 1 in West Vancouver. In 2007, Mike was one of the key players involved in rescuing 13 people with merely one minute to spare before their charter vessel capsized and sank 40 miles from the Coast. He was later awarded the Association for Rescue at Sea’s silver medal in Washington DC. It was Mike’s personality, knowledge and skills that inspired the next generation of members and set the foundation for the modern-day station.
Dave Barker has served the West Vancouver Historical Society for many years. His roots in the community date back to the time when his grandparents lived in a tent on the waterfront in the early 1900s as they built their home in West Vancouver. His desire to preserve the history of our community has led him to accept the role of President of the Society several times over the last number of years. Dave is the editor and publisher of the Society’s newsletter, Memories. He gathers, edits stories and designs the look of Memories while members eagerly look forward to the quarterly publication. According to Jim Carter, past President of the West Vancouver Historical Society, “Dave represents the kind of person that is badly needed in every community.”