Date(s) - November 30, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Vancouver Club
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Part of caring for the soul of the city is recognizing when an individual or an organization does exceptional work. At City in Focus, we notice all the effort that goes into making Vancouver a vibrant community, and we appreciate it.
That’s why, each year, we recognize individuals or organizations of faith with awards of between $5000 and $15,000, which is typically donated in the recipient’s name to an organization of their choice. Our awards recognize excellence in the following areas:
- Faith and Compassion
- Faith and Community Impact
- Faith Arts
- Faith and International Justice
THE WINNERS FOR 2015 ARE:
Faith and Compassion: Recipient Julia Ruggier was the director of The Door is Open which has been East Van’s largest Catholic social charity for 19 years. The Door is Open provides food, clothing and a safe environment (including other support services) for those living in need in the Downtown Eastside. Julia worked tirelessly to provide more than 400 meals a day to those most struggling in our city.
Faith and Community Impact: This year’s award goes to Jimmy Crescenzo and Walter Mustapich who have made a profound impact on our city’s youth for the past 30 years through their roles as educators and, especially, by co-founding The Boys Club Network. The Boys Club Network mentors at-risk young men in the Lower Mainland through the principles of establishing connectedness, trust, education and accountability. The club offers school curriculum, outreach work and a summer camp.
Faith and the Arts: Recipient Ron Reed has made immense contributions to Vancouver’s theatre community by producing a series of more than 50 written plays and by founding Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre. Reed is a skilled actor, well known for his role as C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands. For the 2014/2015 season, Reed was nominated for 11 prestigious Jessie Awards – eight for his production of “Whipping Man.”
Faith and International Justice: This year’s award goes to Murray Nielson, chairman of International Justice Mission’s annual fundraiser. He has been instrumental in raising over $500,000 in recent years for IJM – a global organization that seeks to protect the poor in developing nations from violence. IJM works in nearly 20 communities worldwide: rescuing victims, bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors of violence and strengthening justice systems.
JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS OF OUR 2015 AWARD WINNERS AT THE CITY IN FOCUS AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE VANCOUVER CLUB ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015 FROM 5:30PM UNTIL 7PM.
HEAR FROM THESE WORTHY RECIPIENTS – ENJOY REFRESHMENTS – LIMITED TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE. $10.