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Nominations being accepted for Jessies’ Representation and Inclusion Award

Friday, April 28, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

This special award recognizes a person, organization or initiative that has demonstrated outstanding leadership to creating work that is representational and inclusive of Vancouver, recognizing the intersections of race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age.

Nomination process:

Nominations accepted via online form:

Candidates may self-nominate, and those with accessibility issues to filling in an online form are invited to contact the committee ( to arrange for an alternate method of submission.

Deadline for nominations for 2017: May 7

Current committee members: Andrea Loewen, Omari Newton, Valerie Sing Turner, Chris Gatchallian, Lisa Cook Ravensbergen, and Tom Pickett

To avoid conflict of interest (perceived or real), the sitting members of the Jessies Diversity and Inclusion Committee cannot be nominated for the award. This includes nominations for companies, productions, or initiatives where a committee member(s) held a position(s) of leadership and/or had direct influence over material decisions.



Diversity and inclusion means nourishing the values of empathy, reciprocity, compassion and responsibility, all while empowering the voices of those who have been historically silenced.

The Jessies acknowledge the existence of barriers and take active steps to address the changing needs of the community. Diversity sparks possibilities through willingness and the spirit of openness. The Jessies lead by taking risks to create opportunities for its members and the community at large. We invite members to be open, seek clarity and take on responsibility of leadership.

When we empower each other, we connect courage with gratitude; this connection nourishes a truthful voice.

We are committed to fostering a safe and respectful community in which everyone benefits from a sense of belonging wherein our diverse experiences are validated, and from that, grow a resilient community.

In the pursuit of equality and accessibility, our job is to actively listen to, see and acknowledge the marginalized, tear down all barriers, and embody inclusion in everything we do.


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