Honour in Heritage Award

Nominate someone for an award

The intake period for 2021 nominations has closed (December 10, 2020) and nominations are currently being reviewed.

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.

Gary & Adam Manson (2020)

culture, heritage, honour, awardGary Manson (Xulsimalt) & his son Adam Manson are named as the 2020 Honour in Heritage Award recipients for their dedicated work to champion the resurgence of the Hul'q'umi'num language and their service as mentors, advisors, and collaborators to many individuals and organizations in our region.

Gary is a respected Snuneymuxw Elder and a community leader, who generously shares cultural teachings and his own story with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners, building new understandings rooted in respectfulness. As a gifted teacher, mentored by his father, Adam inspires young generations of language speakers through his work with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools and Nanaimo Art Gallery. Adam is known for the way he brings joy and laughter to his lessons, and for the humble and confident way he approaches the world.

Photo by Craig Letourneau Photography

Video by Kelly Adams Video & Photography

Celebrating the 2020 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 2020, 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 photographs and video profiles that celebrate the achievements of each honoree.


Past Recipients


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