From creating a space for expression in the theatre arts to building a city sustainability plan that reflects diversity, the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) recognized community members and organizations Feb. 28 for their contribution to inclusion.
BACI presented its annual Inclusion Through Innovation Awards during the organization’s general meeting in Burnaby.
Susanna Uchatius, artistic director of Theatre Terrific, received the individual award.
“She embodies the message of inclusion through her writing, producing and directing of the numerous pieces she’s done,” says Tanya Sather, BACI co-executive director.
“She is truly the kindest, most wonderful person you’d ever meet.”
Susanna has ensured the theatre company brings together professional and emerging artists of all abilities — with or without developmental, physical or mental health issues, gender of language challenges, BACI says.
“The plays that Theatre Terrific produces are riveting, unique, authentic, humorous, dramatic and of the highest possible standard. They present universal humanity on the stage — a humanity that includes us all as members of the great unfolding continuum that is the human story.”
Meanwhile, the City of Burnaby’s social planning department received the organizational award for leading a community-driven process to develop Burnaby’s Social Sustainability Strategy.
The team comprised of Joan Selby, Margie Manifold and Rebekah Mahaffey was “instrumental in creating the city’s social sustainability plan that embraces the values of community inclusion, diversity and accessibility,” Tanya says.
“We’re extremely proud to be in a city that has a social planning department that advances those messages and infuses those messages into the broader community. They should receive (recognition) for their hard work. We commend them for putting these values first.”
BACI also recognized Wesgar Inc. for its inclusive hiring practices. Wesgar was the finalist in the organizational category.
Wesgar human resources manager Margaret Fair was the finalist in the individual category.
BACI expected about 100 people to gather for the event at BACI’s Still Creek Centre on Norland Avenue.
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