Mayor's Achievement Award

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

The Mayor's Achievement Award recognizes remarkable dedication to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Vancouver.  

Consideration is given to those whose achievements have also brought positive public recognition to the City.

Recipients are selected by Mayor Gregor Robertson and are not open for public nomination.

2017 recipients

Jesse Costucci-Phillips

Individual youth category

Jesse, a former foster child with Vancouver Aboriginal Children and Family Services, confronted her hurdles head on and turned her life around entirely. This strong young woman is a motivational speaker and outdoor enthusiast offering inspirational talks at the TEDxKids Youth Conference, National Youth Conferences, and mentors at-risk youth. Her resume includes guest speeches for Britannia Support Society, Rotary Club, FEAT Canada, “Indspire”, and the Big Sisters Luminary Soiree event.

As a gifted actress, Jesse worked with the IMAGI'nation collective as the lead actress in Beneath the Surface, a production about mental health and suicide awareness. She then became an ambassador and workshop director with the society, running suicide prevention workshops with youth.

She also became a youth ambassador for the Vancouver Marathon Society, having run four full marathons and seven half-marathons herself. Her passion for helping others continues with her current enrolment in the Native Indian Teacher Education Program at UBC, making a difference for the next generation.

Maxine Davis

Individual category

Since 1998, Maxine has been the executive director of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, and has taken the lead on the foundation’s outstanding commitment to compassionate HIV care. She works passionately to develop progressive approaches for improving both the health and social conditions of those living with the conditions.

Maxine takes a particular interest in the correlation of discrimination and mistreatment due to sexual orientation, gender identity, mental illness, addictions, homelessness, and poverty. Maxine oversaw the establishment of the original temporary Dr. Peter Centre and its transition to a modern facility in 2003, resulting in the day health program and 24-hour specialized nursing care facility expanding in size.

Immigrant Services Society of BC

Organization category

Since it started providing services in the late 1960s, Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) welcomes newcomers of all stripes and with the most diverse needs. Innovating and retooling as required, ISSofBC aims to effectively respond to the ever-evolving needs of immigrants from different parts of the world.

ISSofBC is the largest multi-ethnic immigrant-serving agency in western Canada, serving over 25,000 clients annually through 15 offices and sites in nine communities in Metro Vancouver and Squamish. For over 45 years, ISSofBC has worked with all levels of government and numerous community partners to carry out its mission: to help immigrants build a future in Canada.

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