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Awards laud dedication to heritage

Don Fennell   Jun-01-2018

Friends of the Richmond Archives volunteer John Campbell (centre) received a 2018 Richmond Heritage Award from commission reps Sonia Nijjar and Raymond Holme.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond


Reiner Siperko, Bob Hodder and John Campbell all have at least one thing in common: an enthusiasm for heritage.

The three individuals, along with the Steveston Historical Society, have been honoured by the City of Richmond with 2018 Richmond Heritage Awards recognizing their ongoing efforts and dedication to historic places, public history and heritage interpretation. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony of the annual Richmond Regional Heritage Fair.

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Siperko and Hodder were lauded for their vision in the retention and use of the original concrete murals from the old Gulf and Fraser (Fisherman’s Credit Union) in its new mixed-use development called The Kimura Building. The site is located at the northwest corner of Chatham Street and Third Avenue.

Campbell, a volunteer with Friends of the Richmond Archives, was recognized for his ongoing efforts to develop two social media programs—the Facebook “Friends of the Richmond Archives” page and “Outside the Box” blog. He has worked diligently to educate, intrigue and involve the current residents of Richmond in heritage, and the importance of preserving it. He annually volunteers over 500 hours to these programs.

The Steveston Historical Society is being recognized for its “Waking Tour Vignettes” program. The five-part theatrical production, written by Hugh McRoberts secondary grad Andrew Wade, is a walking tour of historic Steveston. The program was first launched in the summer of 2017 as part of Canada 150 celebrations and is happening again this summer (debuting Saturday, June 2). It connects young audiences by partnering with McRoberts drama students.

The Richmond Regional Heritage Fair is a showcase of history projects by students from Grades 4 to 10. Students research and create projects highlighting an aspect of Canadian history to present to classmates, parents and others at a school fair. Some of the students go on to participate in regional fairs across B.C. and at the Provincial Heritage Fair.


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