May 23, 2024

Fred Lee’s weekly take a look at the movers and shakers of Vancouver

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ART RETURNS: After a four-year hiatus, Artwork for Life returned. Vancouver Mates for Life’s marquee occasion for 21 years, the occasion engaged the native arts group — artists, galleries, and personal collectors — to donate works to one of many foremost charity artwork auctions in Vanhattan. Throughout its run, Artwork for Life raised a formidable $3 million to help the society’s efforts to higher the lives of people affected by life-threatening sicknesses by complementary well being companies, counselling, and meal applications.

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Mates for Life began within the Nineties serving to folks with HIV/AIDS and opened its doorways on the Diamond Centre for Residing within the metropolis’s West Finish. However as medical advances improved remedy and life expectancy of individuals dwelling with the illness, revenues for the society started to declined. Through the years, the group confronted challenges within the areas of staffing, fundraising, and program supply and for a time period suspended operations.

In partnership with the Dr. Peter AIDS Basis, Artwork for Life was resurrected. Main the remount was government administrators Jesse Brown from Mates for Life and Dr. Peter AIDS Basis’s Scott Elliott. A whole lot packed The Everlasting Constructing to imbibe in nice food and drinks and bid on 44 works of artwork on the market within the silent and reside public sale. Whereas many didn’t meet or exceed the donated items estimated values, collectively greater than $185,000 was reportedly raised with plans already underway to deliver the occasion again for 2020.

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Among the many artists who gave of their time and expertise: Dana Claxton, Attila Lukacs, Paul Mathieu, Christian Nicolay, Paul Wong, John Ferrie, Shannon Belkin and Angela Grossman.

“It has been a beautiful expertise reconnecting with the artist group on this cherished occasion. Their pleasure for the return of Artwork For Life translated into immense generosity and enjoyable,” stated Kate Lade, Director of Improvement on the Dr. Peter AIDS Basis.

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation board member Brenda Isherwood and Dr Peter Centre registered nurse Jennifer Bibby saw the Art for Life auction raise $185,000 to support individuals living with life-threatening illnesses. Photo: Fred Lee.
Dr. Peter AIDS Basis board member Brenda Isherwood and Dr Peter Centre registered nurse Jennifer Bibby noticed the Artwork for Life public sale elevate $185,000 to help people dwelling with life-threatening sicknesses. Photograph: Fred Lee. Photograph by Fred Lee /PNG
Painters Jay Senetchko and Christian Nicolay were among 44 artists that contributed works to the charity auction. Photo: Fred Lee.
Painters Jay Senetchko and Christian Nicolay had been amongst 44 artists that contributed works to the charity public sale. Photograph: Fred Lee. Photograph by Fred Lee /PNG
Architect Joel Smith and his husband Darcy Greiner were among art patrons that filled the Permanent for the remount of Art for Life. Photo: Fred Lee.  Archive]
Architect Joel Smith and his husband Darcy Greiner had been amongst artwork patrons that crammed the Everlasting for the remount of Artwork for Life. Photograph: Fred Lee.  Archive] Photograph by Fred Lee /PNG

Vancouver Heritage Awards

PRESERVING HISTORY: Yours really together with metropolis councillor Colleen Hardwick served as grasp of ceremonies at the 2019 Metropolis of Vancouver Heritage Awards. Heritage preservation was entrance and centre as tasks and particular achievements had been honoured on the awards presentation staged on the refurbished Everlasting Mortgage and Financial institution Constructing on West Pender Avenue in Vancouver. People, architects, engineers and builders had been lauded for his or her excellent work preserving and documenting Vancouver’s historical past.

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Held each two years, the awards are given in recognition of people and teams concerned in defending and selling heritage inside the metropolis. In complete, 21 recipients had been acknowledged this 12 months in three classes: honour, advantage, and recognition.

Among the many tasks receiving accolades: the restoration of structural and design parts of the Burrard Avenue Bridge; seismic upgrading and exterior rehabilitation of Strathcona Elementary Faculty, and the relocation and rehabilitation of The Dorothies, twin Tudor properties in-built 1931 that had been plucked from their Kerrisdale foundations and moved a number of blocks up the road.

Carol Lee’s Chinatown barbecue restaurant was additionally honoured. Bringing Hong Kong-style barbecue again to Chinatown, Lee’s effort was praised for translating intangible cultural values right into a bodily setting with financial advantages.

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After seeing the gradual shuttering of once-beloved eating places within the historic neighbourhood, Lee — daughter of famed developer Bob Lee — stepped up, investing cash and vitality to deliver again among the neighbourhood’s attraction and companies.

Chinatown barbecue is one in all three Chinese language eating places the UBC and Harvard grad plans to open, in addition to a 230-unit social housing venture on Hastings Avenue.

Bringing awareness to an earlier time in the city’s history, Danny Filippone’s Penthouse Nightclub and Carol Lee’s Chinatown BBQ Restaurant were singled out for a Vancouver Heritage Award. Photo: Fred Lee.
Bringing consciousness to an earlier time within the metropolis’s historical past, Danny Filippone’s Penthouse Nightclub and Carol Lee’s Chinatown BBQ Restaurant had been singled out for a Vancouver Heritage Award. Photograph: Fred Lee. Photograph by Fred Lee /PNG
Iredale Architecture’s James Emery and heritage advocate Donald Luxton of Luxton and Associates picked up a Heritage Award of Honour for their thoughtful restoration of the iconic Burrard Street Bridge. Photo: Fred Lee.
Iredale Structure’s James Emery and heritage advocate Donald Luxton of Luxton and Associates picked up a Heritage Award of Honour for his or her considerate restoration of the enduring Burrard Avenue Bridge. Photograph: Fred Lee. Photograph by Fred Lee /PNG

Occasion producer and heritage marketing consultant Elana Zysblat congratulated Formwerks President Lyle Richards on the agency’s profitable work rehabilitating the Macken Residence on West fifteenth Avenue. Photograph: Fred Lee.


Vancouver Chinatown Basis Spring Banquet

STORIES FROM CHINATOWN: Weeks later, Lee would entrance her third annual Chinatown Basis Spring Banquet. For example the Chinese language Canadian journey the Chinatown Storytelling Centre could be the venture of focus at this 12 months’s group friend-raiser. Scheduled to open this fall, the Pender Avenue gallery will illustrate the arduous path of Chinese language immigrants to Canadian citizenship and the intersections of Chinatown with different communities.

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Offered by Vancity, and chaired by Invoice Yee and Maggie Ip, two Vancouverites who’ve additionally contributed considerably to Chinatown’s historical past, practically 700 friends — younger and outdated — packed the Floata Restaurant to take pleasure in a ten-course Chinese language dinner and help Lee’s campaign to revitalize the neighbourhood and protect its cultural heritage. They might add to the hundreds of thousands Lee has already drummed up from her two fundraisers a 12 months to help the inspiration’s work.

Main the storytelling effort is Wallace Chung, one other outstanding determine within the Chinese language group. A lifelong ardour for Chinese language Canadian historical past, Chung has donated greater than 25,000 books and printed supplies and 1,750 artifacts from a rare non-public assortment reflecting his private fascination with the CPR and its fleet of steamships to the UBC Library.

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Chung is backed by a formidable advisory board that features Lieutenant-Governor Janet Austin, SFU Chancellor Anne Giardini, UBC Ambassador Wendy Yip, former Emily Carr College president Rob Burnett, VGH UBC Hospital Thoracic surgeon Dr. John Yee and Banff Centre vice-president Howard Jang.

“From tales of entrepreneurship like Moderize Tailor, the place Invoice Wong as soon as tailor-made fits for Sean Connery to accomplishments by barrier breakers comparable to Douglas Jung, a Second World Struggle veteran and the primary seen minority to be elected to the Canadian Parliament, it was by the unwavering tenacity of Chinese language Canadians that Vancouver’s Chinatown grew to become an epicentre of each social change and cultural preservation,” says Lee.

“These tales of hope and resilience have to be shared to acknowledge the worth of inclusivity and variety and to encourage gratitude, braveness and energy for generations to return.”

Community leaders Wallace Chung and Maggie Ip steered the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation friend-raiser at Floata Restaurant. Photo: Fred Lee.
Group leaders Wallace Chung and Maggie Ip steered the Vancouver Chinatown Basis friend-raiser at Floata Restaurant. Photograph: Fred Lee. Photograph by Fred Lee /PNG
Community builder Susan Chow emceed Carol Lee’s Vancouver Chinatown Spring Banquet. Some 700 guests convened to support Lee’s efforts to revitalize the neighbourhood and preserve its cultural heritage.Photo: Fred Lee.
Group builder Susan Chow emceed Carol Lee’s Vancouver Chinatown Spring Banquet. Some 700 friends convened to help Lee’s efforts to revitalize the neighbourhood and protect its cultural heritage.Photograph: Fred Lee. Photograph by Fred Lee /PNG
Helping to realize the Chinatown Storytelling Centre were Adele Chan, Lillian Hum, and Shirley Chan. Photo: Fred Lee.
Serving to to appreciate the Chinatown Storytelling Centre had been Adele Chan, Lillian Hum, and Shirley Chan. Photograph: Fred Lee. Photograph by Fred Lee /PNG

Stephen and Grace Kwok’s Anson Realty was amongst a dozen companies that stepped as much as help the efforts of the Vancouver Chinatown Basis. Photograph: Fred Lee.

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