Excellence in Culture Award

Ay Lelum - The Good House of Design (2021)

Ay Lelum–The Good House of Design has received the Excellence in Culture Award for their contributions to local, national and international fashion. Run by sisters Aunalee Boyd-Good and Sophia Seward Good, in collaboration with their family; mother Sandra Moorhouse Good, father William Good, and brother Joel Good, this Coast Salish design house is recognized as one of Canada’s leading Indigenous fashion companies.

Committed to sustainability and ethical practices, while following cultural protocols, their ready-to-wear line is produced in Vancouver, and their couture garments are made by hand on Snuneymuxw territory. Since 2018, they have presented collections at Vancouver Fashion Week, across North America, and have had their couture pieces featured in Vogue Italia, as well as numerous other publications. Ay Lelum also records their own music in Hul’q’umi’num and English as a part of their artistic and storytelling process.

Video by Kelly Adams Video & Photography

Celebrating the 2021 Culture & Heritage award recipients

Each year, the City of Nanaimo recognizes outstanding contributions to the culture and vibrancy of our community with the Culture & Heritage Awards. In 2021, Council announced the following honorees:

Traditionally, recipients are honored as part of a lively, public celebration at the Port Theatre. This year, because of measures to protect our community from COVID-19, the gathering will not take place as planned. In place of the event, on behalf of Council, Mayor Leonard Krog personally delivered greetings and a special gift to the homes of local award recipients, while practicing physical distancing. As well, we’ve released specially commissioned video profiles that celebrate the achievements of each honoree.

As part of a commitment to supporting local artists, this year potter Bronwyn Arundel was commissioned to design and produce special pots to gift to the recipients of the Culture & Heritage Awards. Arundel is well-known locally for her work in ceramic which incorporates humour and whimsy. She is also the owner of Nanaimo Ceramic Arts.

Past Recipients

Nominate someone for an award

Do you know of an individual, group or corporation known for their dedication to and support of the development of Nanaimo's cultural fabric?

Nominate them for an Honour in Heritage Award or check out the other award categories.  This is your opportunity to recognize people and groups you believe have made a significant contribution to making Nanaimo a culturally vibrant city.


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