District to recognize outstanding citizens at 2013 Community Awards

Oct 25, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013, West Vancouver, BC – On Monday, October 28, the District will hold its annual Community Awards ceremony to honour eight dedicated community members in the areas of the arts, environment, heritage and civic commitment. The awards will be presented in Council Chambers by members of West Vancouver Council.

“Every year I am so impressed by the dedication our award recipients have to building a stronger West Vancouver,” says West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith. “These awards are one way for us to express our thanks and gratitude for the tireless efforts these men and women demonstrate in improving what is already a great community. We are all better off for the work they do.”

Award nominees were selected by fellow community members and the winners chosen by the District of West Vancouver Community Awards Committee.

2013 Community Awards winners


Media Contact

Jeff McDonald, Director of Communications
c: 604-396-3692 | d: 604-925-4736 | e: jmcdonald@westvancouver.ca

About the Community Awards Program

The Awards Committee is a select committee of Council and oversees this annual ongoing District awards program. Consistent with its Vision, the District recognizes personal civic commitment in several aspects of community life.  An effective recognition process strengthens the relationships that help “secure our treasured quality of life and will be the measure of our success as a community”.

Award Winner Bios

Ann Brousson – Heritage 
Ann is being recognized for her dedication to the Historical Society and the heritage of West Vancouver. She served as President of the Historical Society during West Vancouver’s Centennial and brought a higher profile to the Society and West Vancouver by involving the Society in community events such as Pumpkin Fest, Community Day, Museum exhibitions and the Point Atkinson Lighthouse Open House.

Her dedication to heritage and the community was also evident in her promotion of the book Cottages to Communities, and resulted in the sale of over 2900 of 3000 total published copies.

Ingunn Kemble – Arts
Ingunn is a highly respected art curator and consultant whose professional credentials are well known in the Lower Mainland. Ingunn sits on the Museum Advisory Committee, served on the Ferry Building Advisory Board, participates as a juror for Ferry Building Art Submissions, is a member of the Public Art Advisory Working Group and has taken on the substantial task of organizing the always popular Heritage Modern Tours at the Museum.

Barbara Kaiser – Arts 
Barbara is a long-time resident of West Vancouver, whose energy, enthusiasm and accomplishments in support of local arts organizations and initiates is extraordinary.

She organized the 30th Anniversary for the Anna Wyman School of Dance, served as Secretary and Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Volunteers and continues her involvement with the Vetta Chamber Music and Recital Society as Volunteer Coordinator.

In West Vancouver, Barbara has been an active and dedicated member of the Museum, from volunteer to chairing the Museum Advisory Committee for five years. Barbara has committed countless hours to raising the Museum’s profile while encouraging community participation in exhibitions and events.

Bill McAllister – Environment
Bill has been a member of the West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society since 2009 and a Board Member since 2010. He sits on a number of community committees and has volunteered many hours to supporting the community and environment.

Most notably, Bill is recognized for his significant role in bringing the Memorial Park salmon rearing pond into existence. He spent many hours collaborating with the District, securing donations and shepherding the project through to the aquatic life habitat that it is today. Largely in part to Bill’s commitment to the project, the community now has a working pond that provides habitat for salmon, an educational venue for students and community members alike, and has established a natural attraction in the park.  

Chris and Irene Nemeth – Civic Commitment
Chris and Irene have dedicated more than 20 years to guiding and scouting in West Vancouver, inspiring and encouraging youth to be active, committed members of the community.

Chris and Irene are the backbone of the 1st West Vancouver scouting program and continue to volunteer countless hours even now with their own children grown. Not only do they contribute directly to the individuals participating in the scouting program, they are also active in engaging the community through a very popular rope bridge at Community Day each year.

Bill Drake – Civic Commitment 
Bill has been an active member of the community since 1996 when he and his wife moved here from Toronto. He has volunteered extensively for many community events, sports programs, community organizations and committees.

Bill sits on the Field Sport Working Group and Community Sport Working Group where he participates with humour, experience and thoughtful contributions to issues and discussions. Bill has been an instrumental race organizer and official for the Cypress Ski Club since 2005 and has spent countless hours volunteering for community events such as Community Day and the Harmony Arts Festival.

Barbara Brink – Civic Commitment 
Barbara Brink is being recognized for her dedication and commitment to the West Vancouver Community Centre, her belief in volunteerism and the hours she has dedicated to the betterment of the community.

Barbara played an integral role in the development framework and implementation plan for the community centre governance model and was Chair of the inaugural Board where she oversaw the transition from a working group to a not-for-profit society.

Over the years, Barbara has built networks, touched people’s lives and inspired others to lead. 

Media Contact

Donna Powers, Director of Community Relations & Communications

604-219-4806 (cell)

604-925-7168 (office)


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