Mayor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement

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This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions over his or her lifetime to the cultural vibrancy of our city.

With the addition of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the program includes awards in fifteen categories, including performing and studio art forms, and support of the arts through volunteerism and philanthropy.

2017 recipient

Choo Chiat Goh 

Choo Chiat Goh is the co-founder of Goh Ballet Academy Canada. He trained at London’s Royal Ballet School and later graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1959. He joined the National Ballet of China and, as their principal dancer, performed for more than 20 years. In 1977, Goh immigrated to Vancouver and founded the internationally respected Goh Ballet with his wife, Lin Yee Goh. Goh Ballet has played a vital role in nurturing and providing the highest quality training for young dancers. The Goh Ballet Youth Company has been invited to perform and represent Canada internationally. Goh Ballet’s alumni garner top competitive prizes and perform with leading companies.

Choo Chiat Goh has spent more than 40 years passionately serving the Vancouver community. He is a lifelong advocate for the arts and is devoted to creating performance opportunities for young dancers to realize their fullest potential.

Past recipients

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2016 recipient

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2012 recipient