In the spirit of celebrating 100 years of Amalgamation, the Nation hosted the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Excellence Awards Gala as part of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Days Festival 2023. The event on July 15 formally recognized Members who have made a significant contribution to our community or have worked hard to become successful and inspire others.
Members aged 13 and older were eligible to be nominated by a community member or external partner. We raise our hands to everyone who was nominated and the 14 Members who received awards in the following categories: Arts, Business Innovation, Community Service, Culture, Emerging Leader, Language, and Sports.
Below are the nomination videos. These were played at the Gala before the winners received their award.
Cheximiya, Allison Joseph (née Burns)
See-appl-tun, Arthur Harry
tsel ke’elem, Paul Natrall (Mr. Bannock)
Styawat, Leigh Jenny Joseph
Nekwsàliya, Linda George
Xàlek Seḵyú Siýam, Chief Ian Campbell
lamxàcha, Mike Billy Sr.
Chepximiya Siýam, Chief Janice George
Syeta’x̱tn, Christopher Lewis
Jessie Anne Williams
Iyál, Vanessa Campbell
t’naxwtn, Peter Jacobs
Kawaiokalehuaonalanisega, Lacey Baker
walls-bossa-ma, Yul Baker