MOV Announces 2013 City Shaper Awards Honourees: Ray Spaxman, MEC, and Tamara Vrooman

MOV Announces 2013 City Shaper Awards Honourees Ray Spaxman, MEC, and Tamara Vrooman

The Museum of Vancouver will present its City Shaper Awards to recipients Ray Spaxman, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, and Tamara Vrooman at the MOV Legacy Dinner, presented by Maynards, this upcoming Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Honoured for his work as a visionary architect and city planner, Ray Spaxman will be taking home the MOV Legacy Award. “This award is a wonderful recognition of the city planning work undertaken in the ’70s and ’80s that led to the status Vancouver has come to enjoy in the world,” says Spaxman. “It is the result of the creative synergy between politicians, staff, and citizens in those two decades.”

The Livable City Award, being presented for its first time this year, will go to Mountain Equipment Co-Op for their pioneering business. “Vancouver gave rise to Mountain Equipment Co-op in 1971,” explains Shona McGlashan, representing Mountain Equipment Co-Op. “Since then, MEC has grown to become Canada’s most vibrant outdoor retailer … We are delighted to be recognized as a city shaper in the city that helped shape our identity.”

Finally, the 2013 Emerging City Visionary Award will be going to Tamara Vrooman, CEO of Vancity for her remarkable work. “I am honored to receive an award that supports a vision of everyone working together to meet the long-term needs of the community and the people who live and work in this city,” remarks Vrooman. “I’m truly excited about the future opportunities that will support us as we continue to create a city that is innovative, sustainable and inclusive.”

Recipients were chosen by a committee of city historians, urban planners, business and philanthropic influencers, and representatives of the MOV Board of Directors.

“At the MOV we see the city as a living artifact, and part of that is recognizing the work that has been done by people to make it what it is today,” explains Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver CEO. “In this second year of awards we’re really starting to see what incredible minds and initiative we have within our city, and we’re excited to be recognizing these three for their contributions to our city’s story.”

Taking place in the MOV’s landmark building in Vanier Park, the Legacy Dinner will offer guests an exclusive museum experience complete with live music, fine wine, and scrumptious food. Visit the MOV’s website at to purchase tickets, for background on the honorees, and further details on how the awards were selected.

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