The Roger Inman Memorial Award
This award is given annually in recognition of a project that has made a significant contribution to the economic development of the community. CCEC is committed to keeping our money and resources working in our community by actively supporting and promoting the development of strong, successful community businesses, projects and organizations.
ANY CCEC MEMBER GROUP, BUSINESS OR INDIVIDUAL IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS SPECIAL RECOGNITION/CASH AWARD
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The award honours the memory of Roger Inman, a past president of CCEC, whose contributions to the wellbeing of the credit union were numerous. Roger became a member when CCEC first opened in 1976 and shortly after began serving as a volunteer teller. He was also a member of the credit committee, and later joined the Board of Directors where he served as co-chair and spearheaded the newsletter. A warm lovable man, Roger always contributed his time, insights, and humour to the many community initiatives with which he was involved. He was also active in local politics where his keen mind and natural optimism were always appreciated. Through this award, we acknowledge his devotion to community economic development, his commitment to his ideals and his generosity in spirit.
2020 Winner: The People's Prom
THE PEOPLE'S PROM is a fundraiser for creative resistance and direct action in British Columbia. It's a radical, community-oriented, annual event in East Vancouver held Feb. 14th. The event is a radical, queer, cross-dressing, big dress wearing prom you never had in high-school.
The Prom Committee is a volunteer-run group of seven individuals who organize the People’s Prom and oversee the People’s Trust Fund. Since 2001, they have raised funds and provided micro-grants of $200 - $5,000 to grassroots organizations for initiatives that may have difficulty securing funding from other sources. Several grants are given out annually.
Over the years the fund has given micro-grants to Indigenous groups, women’s centres, anti-poverty and homeless activists, environmental and anti-pipeline initiatives, political arts festivals, and transit education. In the last 20 years, they have given out an estimated $80,000 in micro-grants. There are CCEC Member associations including No One is Illegal who have received funding from the People's Prom.
A blog post from Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks
"Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks are proud and grateful to have been chosen as a runner-up for the 2020 Roger Inman Memorial Award. This annual award is given by CCEC Credit Union in recognition of a project that has made a significant contribution to the economic development of the community. CCEC is committed to keeping our money and resources working in our community by actively supporting and promoting the development of strong, successful community businesses, projects and organizations. Thank you CCEC and congratulations to the 2020 winner – The Peoples Prom!"
2019 Winner: Wild Salmon Caravan
Wild Salmon Caravan (WSC) is a project led by the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty (WGIFS) in collaboration with the Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance. The project engages multiple Indigenous and non-Indigenous Elders, activists, researchers and lawyers. 2019 will be the 5th annual WSC. Dawn Morrison, Co-Founder/Chair of the WGIFS says, “The strength of our work lies in our networks and our ability to link with over 100+ organizations to leverage support, access funding, and co-develop programs, promotion, and public education materials, as well as plan logistics, and host community arts build workshops, feasts, ceremonies and visual and performing arts events.”
The WSC, with guidance and direction from the Salish Council of Matriarchs, raises awareness of the issues surrounding the declining health and abundance of our most important Indigenous food, wild salmon. They organize community arts and cultural engagement activities that brings together Rainbow Peoples (peoples of all creeds and cultures) in their public education campaign and celebrations of the spirit of wild salmon.
The WSC mobilizes traditional ecological knowledge, values, strategies, practices and protocols that have persisted throughout the process of colonization. The WSC media highlights teachings on sustainability of wild salmon fisheries and how it can be applied in the present day reality. Sustainability of our efforts ultimately lies in the extended networks where Indigenous food, social and ceremonial fisheries knowledge lives, and the large volunteer basis on which the WGIFS and WSC planning teams work. We activate sharing and trading of knowledge and food and revitalize inter-tribal networks, and we promote and generate awareness of how to increase the communities’ ability to respond to their own needs for food in a way that affirms the regenerative paradigm that underlies Indigenous cosmologies and worldviews.
In 2018, the eight-day caravan started in Vancouver with a parade on September 22 and finished in Chase at Adams Lake on September 29. For more information and to get involved in the 2019 WSC visit their website Like and Follow them on Facebook
Past Winners include:
2020: People's Prom
2019: Wild Salmon Caravan
2018: Sanctuary Health
2017: Vancouver Co-op Radio for its' Each for All Program shared the award with Girls Rock Camp Vancouver.
2016: Joint Effort
2015: No One is Illegal
2014: Groundswell Grassroots Economic Society
2013: Red Fox Healthy Living Society
2012: Girls Rock Camp Vancouver