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2016 News and Information

And the 2016 Richmond Heritage Awards go to …

24 June 2016

Heritage Awards 2016A local documentary film maker and local teacher have each brought home a 2016 Richmond Heritage Award, announced last night (June 23) at the opening night of Richmond Museum’s Leave Your Mark exhibit, which Mayor Malcolm Brodie hosted.

Orbit Films won a Heritage Award for their documentary series Nikkei Stories. This collection of short films illustrates stories of Japanese-Canadians in Steveston and historic Japantown in Vancouver.

There are four ways to view the short films about Steveston:

  • The best way to enjoy the films is to take a self-guided walking tour of Steveston, where you will find 10 red and black interactive signs. Each sign corresponds with one of the Nikkei Stories videos. These interpretive signs include a QR code and a link to the Nikkei Stories website. Use the RichmondBC app to view the videos and receive more information about each location. An iBeacon is attached to each sign. Each iBeacon detects the RichmondBC app and sends you a notification to view the video as you walk past the sign. On each sign, aim the lens of your mobile device at the QR code and scan it. This will connect you to the Nikkei Stories videos, if you have already installed a QR code app or have one built-in on your phone.
  • Visit the Steveston Museum (3811 Moncton Street), where all the videos are on display.
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  • On Demand on Telus Optik™ TV.

The other Heritage Award went to Christine Wong, a teacher from Jessie Wowk Elementary School, for her commitment and promotion of local heritage and heritage education through strong encouragement, assistance and support for her students, who have presented projects at the Regional Richmond Heritage Fairs since 2010. Some have even been invited to present at the Provincial Fair.

A Heritage Fair is a showcase of history projects by students from grades 4 to 10. Students research and create projects highlighting some aspect of Canadian history to present to their classmates, parents and others at a school fair. After the school fairs, some students are invited to take part in one of 13 Regional Fairs across British Columbia including the Richmond Heritage Fair. Following the Regional Fairs, some students are chosen to showcase their projects at the Provincial Heritage Fair.

About the Richmond Heritage Awards
Richmond has a rich heritage which includes buildings, landscapes, artifacts, residents and their histories. An important way by which the City recognizes people and organizations for their heritage efforts is through the Richmond Heritage Awards, sponsored by the Richmond Heritage Commission.

For these awards, the public is encouraged to nominate people and/or organizations for their dedication to the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation and promotion of heritage. Some of the ways efforts are recognized include restoring a historic building or landscape, promoting local heritage awareness through education, outreach or advocacy, and contributing to local heritage knowledge by interpreting places and events.

The awards jury included a member of the Richmond Heritage Commission and guest jurors from partner organizations, such as the Richmond History Society and Richmond Museum Board.