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 upcomingÂ 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. â€œThis award is a wonderful recognition of the city planning work undertaken in the â€™70s and â€™80s that led to the status Vancouver has come to enjoy in the world,â€ says Spaxman. â€œIt is the result of the creative synergy between politicians, staff, and citizens in those two decades.â€
The Livable City Award, being presented for its first time this year, will go to Mountain Equipment Co-Op for their pioneering business. â€œVancouver gave rise to Mountain Equipment Co-op in 1971,â€ explainsÂ Shona McGlashan, representing Mountain Equipment Co-Op. â€œSince then, MEC has grown to become Canadaâ€™s most vibrant outdoor retailer â€¦Â We are delighted to be recognized as a city shaper in the city that helped shape our identity.â€
Finally, the 2013 Emerging City Visionary Award will be going to Tamara Vrooman, CEO of Vancity for her remarkable work. â€œI 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,â€ remarks Vrooman. â€œIâ€™m truly excited about the future opportunities that will support us as we continue to create a city that is innovative, sustainable and inclusive.â€
Recipients were chosen by a committee of city historians, urban planners, business and philanthropic influencers, and representatives of the MOV Board of Directors.
â€œAt 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,â€ explains Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver CEO. â€œIn this second year of awards weâ€™re really starting to see what incredible minds and initiative we have within our city, and weâ€™re excited to be recognizing these three for their contributions to our cityâ€™s story.â€
Taking place in the MOVâ€™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.Â Visit the MOVâ€™s website atÂ www.museumofvancouver.ca/