Back row, left to right: Mike Clay, Diana Dilworth, Fred Soofi, Rick Glumac, Bob Elliott, Rosemary Small
Front row, left to right: Rod MacVicar, Richard Dixon, Susan Ius, Jamie Constable, Jane Matthews, Andrew Danneffel
At the January 22 Council meeting, Port Moody recognized five outstanding community members and one community organization for their significant contributions to life in the City of the Arts. And the winners are:
Susan Ius and Richard Dixon - Arts Award
Presented by the Arts and Culture Committee
For Port Moody’s first Youth Arts Festival in 2012, Susan and Richard created a nurturing environment where the youth of our community were able to gain valuable experience in their chosen artistic fields.
Planning a festival is an overwhelming task that takes a rare combination of imagination and organizational skills. At every step of the way Richard and Susan demonstrated the utmost respect and graciousness towards the artists and volunteers. The recipients have a unique way of instilling confidence in young people that brings out their previously unknown strengths..
Rod MacVicar – Environmental Award
Presented by the Environmental Protection Committee
Rod is a retired high school teacher who was instrumental in starting the Mossom Creek Hatchery 1976. He is an outstanding environmental educator and still volunteers with Mossom Creek Hatchery.
As a Director of the Reed Point Marine Education Centre and the Pacific Wildlife Foundation, Rod provides in-kind support with various public education initiatives along with tours of Indian Arm while educating people about the amazing biodiversity of life in Burrard Inlet. He was also a key member of the stewardship group which worked with Parklane Homes to achieve a more sustainable development in Port Moody last year.
Fred Soofi – Heritage Award
Presented by the Heritage Commission
The Judd Residence was constructed in c. 1925 in a bungalow style typical of the interwar period. The Alexander Residence, listed on the City of Port Moody Heritage Register, and relocated to St. George Street in 2011, was constructed in 1923 in a modest craftsman bungalow style. Both heritage buildings were revitalized using authentic building styles and materials, representing sustainable re-use of existing buildings which complement the heritage character of Moody Centre.
Fred Soofi’s accomplishments in enhancing the character of the area through the exterior revitalization of both the Judd and Alexander Residences are truly valued.
The Port Moody Arts Centre - Peter Hulbert Accessibility Award
Presented by the Community Care Committee
The Port Moody Arts Centre provides opportunities for persons with disabilities to explore their creativity and develop interpersonal skills in a safe and inclusive environment. New programming provides access to arts instruction for children, youth and adults with physical disabilities and neural disorders and promotes a healthy and inclusive community attitude.
The Arts Centre has also improved physical accessibility by adding a new automatic door from the parking lot, wheelchair lift and an accessible washroom upstairs. Classrooms are also adapted as necessary to provide access to the facility and class materials.
Jamie Constable - Sports Achievement Award
Presented by the Parks and Recreation Commission
Jamie Constable is a long time resident of Port Moody and has been involved with many sports as a volunteer with a focus on Port Moody Lacrosse for well over 20 years.
Jamie’s dedication to volunteering continues even though her children have graduated from minor lacrosse. As a volunteer she was the game and practice scheduler, treasurer, equipment manager, fundraising coordinator, tournament coordinator, special event and photo day coordinator and the “Go To Person” within the association for anyone needing information on anything.