2016 Community Award Winners

Nov 16, 2016

West Vancouver honoured seven individuals and three groups with Community Awards on Tuesday, November 15 at a special awards presentation at the Kay Meek Centre for Performing Arts. 

The awards were presented by members of West Vancouver Council, with winners selected by the District’s Awards Committee. Learn more about the 2016 Community Award Winners!

Arts & Culture

Ferry Building Gallery Volunteers

Over 50 volunteers support the Ferry Building Gallery as enthusiastic ambassadors for the arts in West Vancouver. Welcoming over 40,000 visitors each year, the Ferry Building Gallery volunteers assist a wide range of initiatives from retail sales to jurying exhibitions to acting as docents for showings and presentations. Volunteers staff the gallery on weekends and holidays and have been the backbone of the gallery since its opening in 1989. Credited with inspiring and encouraging emerging and established artists, the gallery volunteers guide artists through the nuances of selling their work. Never shying away from the myriad of tasks associated with the installation of shows, the gallery volunteers help carry plinths and equipment and set up chairs and tables for every event. 

Community Commitment

Joan Townsend

An active volunteer at the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, Joan has volunteered in nearly every role at the centre! From serving dinners in the cafeteria to chairing the flea market, Joan also extends her volunteer hours beyond the Seniors’ Activity Centre. A long-time volunteer at the Harmony Arts Festival, Joan also commits her time to special events such as the Coho Festival, West Vancouver Community Day and PumpkinFest.

Mary Bayes

A longstanding volunteer within the Horseshoe Bay community, Mary is the co-chair of the Western Residents Association and chair of the Gleneagles Community Advisory Committee. Serving on both committees for over ten years, Mary enjoys giving back to her community through volunteer service. She has been an active volunteer in her community, supporting events such as the Taste of the Bay, Movie in the Park, Dinner on the Dock, Coho Festival and Cool North Shore. 

Michael Markwick

Michael is the founder and creator of the Dundarave Festival of Lights, an annual festival which raises funds for the Lookout Society’s North Shore Shelter. Since starting in 2008, the festival has raised over $250,000 for the North Shore shelter. Passionate about supporting marginalized and vulnerable community members, Michael works with different organizations to create dialogue and awareness around issues such as human trafficking and affordable housing.

West Vancouver BC SPCA Volunteers

Volunteers at the West Vancouver BC SPCA are a committed group of individuals offering their time and love for animals to supporting this community shelter.  Assisting in daily duties (such as cleaning litter boxes and grooming animals), organizing fundraisers to support the shelter and working to promote animal advocacy and education through community presentations, their contributions are invaluable. One of the most important volunteer roles at the shelter: providing love and much needed social contact for animals in need.


David Cook

With a passion for the environment and local old-growth forests, David has served as the Director of the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, the Old Growth Conservancy Society, North Shore Black Bear Society and Nature Vancouver. Volunteering his time to educate the public on ecology and geology through talks and informative hikes across the North Shore, David has published numerous articles on the old-growth areas between Brothers Creek and McDonald Creek, as well as monitoring the Bald Eagle nests surrounding the Burrard Inlet. Through email and newsletter communications, David continues to attract new volunteers to assist in events such as invasive plant removal at Lighthouse Park.

Health, Wellness & Activity

Hershel and Marguerite Hardin

Hershel and Marguerite Hardin have provided outstanding volunteer contributions to the community in the area of mental health. Helping to open the North Shore Schizophrenia Society (NSSS) in West Vancouver in 1995, Hershel and Marguerite went above and beyond and even helped furnish the space with items from their own home. Both Hershel and Marguerite played a pivotal supporting role during the early stages of the development of the Hope Centre at Lions Gate Hospital.

A prolific writer and advocate in the area of mental health, Hershel has worked with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to provide the NSSS the rights to use a 12-week training course for families.

Throughout the years, Marguerite has volunteered for the NSSS as a support coordinator, leading monthly group meetings and providing crucial support and education to families in crisis. Marguerite has also helped to improve the BC Mental Health Act and has travelled to the BC Legislature in Victoria to lobby for better care and treatment of the mentally ill in our community.


Bas Collins

A long-time member of the West Vancouver Legion and an unwavering supporter of our veterans, Bas is an archivist for the West Vancouver Police Department. His commitment to collected articles and historical recordings has helped to preserve the story of West Vancouver. 

Hollyburn Lodge Renewal Project volunteers

The Hollyburn Lodge Renewal Project begin in 1998 by a small group of West Vancouver residents concerned with the deteriorating condition of Hollyburn Lodge. Working to raise awareness and funding, volunteers of the project have been committed advocates, working tirelessly to reach the project funding goal and ensure the proper collection and use of historical assets. 

The Hollyburn Lodge rebuild began in 2015, with funding support and contributions from many, including Cypress Mountain, the District of West Vancouver and the BC Parks Olympic Legacy Fund. In addition, volunteers fundraised over $300,000 from individual donors. The project's volunteer fundraising committee has been operating for two years, raising funds dollar by dollar, and advancing the initiative by securing discounted products and services for the rebuild. Hollyburn Lodge is the only surviving commercial lodge built in the North Shore Mountains before 1960. 

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Donna Powers, Director of Community Relations & Communications

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604-925-7168 (office)


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