Mayor's Arts Award for Arts Board Member of the Year

2017 recipient

Henry Lau

Henry Lau is a longtime resident of Renfrew-Collingwood and a strong believer of the positive impacts of community arts. He attended Windermere Community Secondary School, where he led projects that ranged from coordinating the Organic Garden to organizing festivals.

Lau studied at UBC’s Dietetics program and co-founded the Roots on the Roof rooftop garden at UBC’s Student Union Building. Lau’s involvement with various projects and events to boost arts and culture in the City includes his pivotal role in organizing the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival since 2010 and co-founding Renfrew-Collingwood’s first Arts Council. He currently serves as the Vice-President of the Still Moon Arts Society, chairing a number of core organizational committees and spearheading many projects to further the Society’s vision of inspiring vibrant and connected communities by creating art and nurturing a passion for nature.

Past recipients

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Amy Nugent


 Alternate text	Amy Nugent, Mayor's Arts Award for Arts Board Member of the YearAmy is Executive Director of the Inclusion BC Foundation and President of the Artspeak Board of Directors. She has worked in communications and development for Out on Screen, The WISE, VIVO Media Arts, Western Front and The Banff Centre. She volunteers and consults for art centres and galleries whenever possible and is a strong advocate for competitive salaries for artists and cultural workers, responsible facility expansion and increased literacy around resource development for non-profits. She just launched The Sculpture Fund to fulfill the Last Will & Testament of sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle. Amy is currently enjoying being a member of the City of Vancouver Northeast False Creek Stewardship Group.

Jane Westheuser


Jane Westheuser has worked in the philanthropic sector for over 25 years and is currently the advisor of gift planning at the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

She has extensive fundraising experience managing annual, major, and planned gift programs at both large and small organizations.

Her expertise in relationship-building has resulted in mutually-beneficial partnerships for donors and educational, health, and performing-arts non-profits.

Jane’s passion for the performing arts was ignited during a school visit to Vancouver to see a production of Bent. In 1984, she discovered independent theatre at the Vancouver Fringe.

Getting further involved as a volunteer resulted in more than 10 years of service with the Vancouver Fringe, where her contributions ranged from committee member to board secretary to chair.

This year Jane got on the stage (and developed an even greater appreciation for the arts performer) as a volunteer community dancer in the PuSH Festival’s Le Grand Continental.

Julie McIntyre


Julie McIntyre, 2014 Mayor's Arts Award for Arts Board Member of the Year honouree
Photo by Annie Briard
Julie McIntyre is a print and fibre artist who studied at the Banff Centre, and received her bachelor of fine arts from Queen’s University with a major in printmaking. She has had solo shows in 19 public galleries in Canada and participated in well over 45 juried exhibitions, including 21 international credits to date.

Julie has taught workshops across Canada and for the past eight years has been artist in residence with the Vancouver School Board and ArtStarts in Schools.

Julie was President of Canadian Artists’ Representation/le Front des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) BC for over five years, served as BC representative for CARFAC National for four years, and as their treasurer for three years. She is also an active member of Craft Council of BC, Main Street Drift, and the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

A big believer in creative expression, Julie supports her art and advocacy work by working primarily in the food service industry where she can always count on being fed!

Mo Dhaliwal


Arts Board Member of the Year 2013 Mo DhaliwalMo Dhaliwal studied business administration at the University of the Fraser Valley and has over a decade of experience in the technology sector, including software development and Internet marketing in Silicon Valley.

As a patron of the arts and producer of cultural events, Dhaliwal has worked to shatter barriers between people and encourage cross-cultural understanding, most notably through the creation of the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society.

As director of client services for Skyrocket Digital, he collaborates with creative minds across the country and continues to create moving experiences for clients and community.

In 2012, Dhaliwal was recognized for his contributions by Business for the Arts as the national recipient of the Arnold Edinborough Award and, most recently, with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Catherine Van Alstine


2012 Honouree Catherine Van AlstineCatherine Van Alstine is a senior partner with Odgers Berndtson in Vancouver and brings 30 years of experience in a wide range of industries to her clients.

Over her career, Van Alstine has developed a practice that encompasses all aspects of the C Suite including CEO, CFO, Human Resources, IT and Sales and Marketing. Her industry experience spans industrial, distribution, sales, energy and consumer products.

This extensive experience has provided her with a broad understanding of the corporate environment and a thorough knowledge of, and contacts in, the national and international marketplace. In addition, she has consulted with clients in various aspects of human resource management including salary administration and labour market analysis.

Van Alstine is currently past chair of the board of Arts Umbrella, serves on the National Advisory Board of the Learning Partnership, and as a United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet Member. She is also chair of Women United in Philanthropy, Membership Committee, BC Business Council, and chair of the BC Advisory Board, Breakfast Clubs of Canada.

Marlie Oden


2011 Arts Board Member of the Year Marlie OdenMarlie Oden is the managing partner for Bridge Communications and speaheads marketing and public relations services for many organizations and arts groups, including the City of Vancouver and the Firehall Arts Centre.

She has served on numerous arts organizations' boards, including ten years with the Arts Club Theatre Society, four years with the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and ten years with the Borestal Society.

During 11 years with the Stanley Theatre Society, she was integral to the purchase and renovation of the theatre and the opening and renovation of The Improv Centre. Marlie is currently on the boards of Vancouver TheatreSports League and Telefilm Canada.

The 2011 peer jury was Ian Forsythe, Camilla Tibbs, and Martina Lee.