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close up of award only KFoC BC YK  Citizen's Leadership Award

In fall of 2015, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch launched “Saving Lives Through Organ Donation” aimed at increasing organ donor registration in British Columbia. A key part of this initiative was presenting The Honourable  Amrik Virk, Minister for Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services with a Citizen’s Leadership Award. We wanted the award to reflect the spirit of the initiative. What better way than to highlight and support the work of a BC artist.

Through the guidance and assistance of The Crafts Council of British Columbia, Vancouver- based artist Hope Forstenzer was commissioned to create a beautiful and meaningful sculptural glasswork to serve as the award. In addition, a photograph of the award was used as the background image for Community Leadership Awards that now hang in 62 Service BC centres throughout British Columbia.

I would like to thank The Crafts Council of British Columbia for their support and encourage you to consider the commissioning of work by BC artists for your corporate recognition needs.

Dr. Karen Philp

Executive Director

The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch

Images by Tracy Riddell (