The Yulanda M. Faris Young Philanthropist Award recognizes a next generation philanthropist (under 35) who has had significant impact on fundraising for the arts. Helen Duckworth has done so by serving as Gallery and Volunteer Coordinator of the Federation Gallery, and showing leadership in supporting the arts and raising the profile of FCA artists in Greater Vancouver. Thank you Helen for all your hard work, and we hope you continue to contribute to the FCA for many years to come! Congratulations!
Helen will receive the award at Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) annual fundraiser SWITCH! this Thursday, November 17, 2016, an event that Yulanda Faris co-founded to support the Community Arts Council of Vancouver and the Community Arts Fund.
Another great aspect of receiving this award is that Helen will have the opportunity to choose a DTES Vancouver organization supporting the community led renewal through the arts and a $1,000 donation will be made in Helen’s name to that organization. This allows the award not only to highlight arts philanthropy by the next generation of Vancouverites, but also the incredible work being done by community-engaged arts projects in the Downtown Eastside. Congrats Helen on this significant honour.
Yulanda Faris, who passed away in 2015, worked on behalf of the Vancouver arts community supporting opera, dance, the visual arts and literature. She was Co-Chair, along with John Montalbano, of the Community Arts Fund. In 2010, Yulanda and Mohammed Faris were recipients of the Roman John Hnatyshyn Award for Volunteerism in the Performing Arts.
“The arts are a great equalizer; no matter your station in life, everyone needs some aspect of the arts to grow and develop as a contributing member of society.” Yulanda M. Faris (1937 – 2015)
For more information visit: http://www.cacv.ca/switch/