May 23, 2024

Fred Lee’s weekly take a look at the movers and shakers round city

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ALL BUSINESS: The Enterprise Laureates of British Columbia Corridor of Fame was created by Junior Achievement British Columbia in 2005 to honour the lifetime achievements of excellent B.C. enterprise leaders whose enduring contributions have formed our communities, province and nation. Now numbering greater than 70 members, the Corridor of Fame supplies a useful register of success tales for future leaders to survey as they construct their very own legacies. Positioned within the Vancouver Conference Centre, the Corridor of Fame would add 4 extra names to the already spectacular record of enterprise pioneers.

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Chip Wilson left his little black stretchy pants at dwelling, donning extra conventional apparel for the gala dinner and induction ceremonies, offered by RBC and Faskens. Founding father of Lululemon Athletica — now a $100 billion-a-year international enterprise — Wilson was among the many Class of 2019 inductees honoured on the sold-out, black-tie occasion staged on the Lodge Vancouver. Chaired by occasion founder Barbara Brink and co-chair Invoice Weymark, the formal affair reportedly raised $875,000 for JABC to ship enterprise teaching programs free-of-charge to nearly 38,000 college students throughout the province yearly.

The excitement-worthy occasion attracted greater than 1,000 individuals — B.C.’s foremost enterprise and educational leaders — who convened to boost a glass to Wilson, in addition to entrepreneur J. Haig deB. Farris, actual property developer David Podmore, and the late Samuel Belzberg, a self-made businessman and philanthropist.

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Farris, president of Fractal Capital, and pioneer of the enterprise capital business in Canada, was cited for his entrepreneurial spirit, mentorship and funding of a lot of B.C.’s technological corporations over the previous three decade.

One of the influential contributors to the actual property business, and co-founder of Live performance Properties, Podmore was a no present on the induction dinner. Recouping from coronary heart surgical procedure, Podmore’s youngsters accepted the award on behalf of their father.

Belzberg’s widow Frances accepted the award on behalf of the late financier and service provider banker. A number one member of the enterprise and monetary group for greater than 30 years, Belzberg was lauded by his friends for his deft deal making, enterprise acumen and philanthropy.

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“I want to congratulate the 2019 Laureates,” stated Brink. “This distinction is actually a testomony to their lifetime achievements, success and contributions to our society and all through the province. They’ve set an amazing instance for future enterprise leaders.”

“It’s our honour and pleasure to induct these 4 people into the Corridor of Fame, added Weymark. “Their achievements encourage younger leaders to proceed to form our province and financial system.”

Business laureate Haig deB. Farris kibitzed with Frances Belzberg at the formal dinner and induction ceremonies. Photo: Fred Lee.
Enterprise laureate Haig deB. Farris kibitzed with Frances Belzberg on the formal dinner and induction ceremonies. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Accepting the Business Laureate Award on behalf of her father, Jennifer Podmore received congratulations from JABC CEO Sheila Biggers, Photo: Fred Lee.
Accepting the Enterprise Laureate Award on behalf of her father, Jennifer Podmore obtained congratulations from JABC CEO Sheila Biggers, Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Clarence Louie, Chief of Osoyoos Indioan Band, and newest inductee into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame was the keynote at Barbara Brink’s Business Laureates of B.C. Hall of Fame dinner. Photo: Fred Lee.
Clarence Louie, Chief of Osoyoos Indioan Band, and latest inductee into the Canadian Enterprise Corridor of Fame was the keynote at Barbara Brink’s Enterprise Laureates of B.C. Corridor of Fame dinner. Picture: Fred Lee. 

Trigger We Care Luncheon

SUPPORTIVE MOMS: The Vancouver-based charity Trigger We Care Basis hosted its fifth Mom’s Day Luncheon, efficiently elevating a document $138,000 to help single moms and their households in want in Metro Vancouver.

Founder Andrea Thomas Hill and occasion chair Vandana Varshney-Lecky welcomed a full home to the facility lunch at Parq Vancouver’s Victor Restaurant. The annual occasion offered by Capital Direct and emceed by International TV’s Sophie Lui attracted among the metropolis’s main women and group builders.

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Many notable daring face names made the scene; an esteemed group that included Joanne Brown, Jane Younger, Saeedeh Salem, Jill Lyall and Sarah Bancroft convened to rejoice motherhood and help the inspiration’s latest endeavour — the Single Mom’s Fund — a holistic new initiative designed to help single moms prepared to return to highschool or again into the workforce.

“The fund will take away gaps and obstacles by offering distinctive wraparound monetary help for single moms decided to advance out of poverty and lead a lifetime of financial independence,” stated Hill.

“The funds will cowl all the things from pc tools, transportation prices, meals and clothes, tutoring and baby care providers.”

Event chair Vandana Varshney-Lecky and Global TV’s Sophie Lui fronted the Cause We Care Luncheon at Parq Vancouver’s Victor Restaurant. Photo: Fred Lee.
Occasion chair Vandana Varshney-Lecky and International TV’s Sophie Lui fronted the Trigger We Care Luncheon at Parq Vancouver’s Victor Restaurant. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
CARING MOMS: Cause We Care board member Annabel Hawksworth and founder Andrea Thomas Hill saw a record $138,000 raised at their annual Mother’s Day Luncheon. Photo: Fred Lee.
CARING MOMS: Trigger We Care board member Annabel Hawksworth and founder Andrea Thomas Hill noticed a document $138,000 raised at their annual Mom’s Day Luncheon. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Stacey Kape, Wendy Hartley and Libby Wright were among several hundred women who attended the sold out ladies lunch to support single mothers ready to go back to school or back into the workforce. Photo: Fred Lee.
Stacey Kape, Wendy Hartley and Libby Wright have been amongst a number of hundred ladies who attended the bought out women lunch to help single moms prepared to return to highschool or again into the workforce. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG

YWCA Ladies of Distinction Awards

ACCOMPLISHED WOMEN: Moms have been additionally the main target on the YWCA’s flagship occasion. The thirty sixth YWCA Ladies of Distinction Awards drew 1,300 individuals to Parq Vancouver, elevating $180,000 to assist single mothers construct higher futures for his or her households.

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Newly appointed CEO Deb Bryant, previously on the helm of the Affiliation of Neighbourhood Homes of B.C., and occasion chair Sue Paish steered the annual dinner and public sale honouring ladies — leaders of their discipline — contributing to the financial and social vitality of the province.

Sixty six extraordinary nominees have been feted with ten ladies singled out: Dana Claxton (Arts & Tradition); Connie Honest (Enterprise & the Professions); Bethany Edmunds (Training); Carolyn Cross (Entrepreneurship); Sheila Early (Well being & Wellness); Lauren Hornor (Atmosphere); Ingrid Kastens (Non-Revenue); Suzanne Lewis (Analysis & Innovation); Jennifer Wildi (Youth) and Colleen Yee (Neighborhood Champion).

Yee was a double winner. Creator of the Vancouver Police Division’s Ladies’s Private Security Workshop, the primary of its form in North America, Yee recruited a workforce of feminine police officer to volunteer and ship life-saving workshops to greater than 3,000 ladies in Metro Vancouver; a lot of them weak to violence and who traditionally had destructive perceptions and/or experiences with the police.

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The revolutionary program additionally obtained a Connecting the Neighborhood Award and a $10,000 money prize from Scotiabank, the gala’s presenting sponsor.

“Tonight we rejoice our nominees for persevering with to form our province by their innovation, management, and creativity and entrepreneurship. By way of their dedication and dedication, they’ve made our province higher,” stated Paish, addressing the raucous and celebratory crowd.

For the reason that awards inception in 1984, the Vancouver YWCA has honoured greater than 300 deserving ladies. Final 12 months greater than 47,000 British Columbians benefited from program at YWCA Metro Vancouver.

AWESOME MOTHERS: Fleeing abusive relationships single moms Keyosha Waugh and Ghezal Durrani credits the YWCA for lifting them up and helping build better futures for their families. Photo: Fred Lee.
AWESOME MOTHERS: Fleeing abusive relationships single mothers Keyosha Waugh and Ghezal Durrani credit the YWCA for lifting them up and serving to construct higher futures for his or her households. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG
Scotiabank’s Sandra Boyce and Lesly Tayles congratulated the VPD’s Colleen Yee on her big night. The Inspector’s Women’s Personal Safety Workshop program she created won two YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. Photo: Fred Lee.
Scotiabank’s Sandra Boyce and Lesly Tayles congratulated the VPD’s Colleen Yee on her large evening. The Inspector’s Ladies’s Private Security Workshop program she created received two YWCA Ladies of Distinction Awards. Picture: Fred Lee. Picture by Fred Lee /PNG

Mosaic’s Ninu Kang and Indian Summer time Pageant’s Laura Byspalko have been amongst 66 exceptional ladies feted on the 2019 YWCA Ladies of Distinction Awards held at Parq Vancouver. Picture: Fred Lee.

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