Six Mayor's Medals Awarded at Thinklandia Sunday Night

On Sunday night, six Mayor’s Medals were awarded at Thinklandia, Victoria’s Creative Festival. A collaboration with Thinklandia, the Mayor’s Medals are a crowd-sourced opportunity for people in Victoria to recognize their fellow citizens who might fly under the radar of other established award and recognition programs.

A simple online nomination form allows citizens to nominate each other. This year, a nomination committee co-appointed by the City and Thinklandia again received a large number of submissions. Medals are awarded in the categories of Arts, Disruption, Transformation, Public, Environment, and Legacy.

This year’s Mayor’s Medals winners include:

Arts - Janet Munsil, Artistic Director of Intrepid Theatre. Committed to mentorship, gender equality, experimental theatre. Playwright and theatre festival creator.

Disruption - Jeff Hopkins, Founder and principle educator at Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry, an independent high school known for transformation educational approaches.

Transformation - Natalie Justin, Major organizer of Caribbean food, music and cultural events through Strictly Roots Entertainment. Caribbean food restauranteur. 

Public - Umbrella Society, Umbrella actively promotes understanding, acceptance and support for Vancouver Island people affected by substance use and mental health issues through understanding, nonjudgmental acceptance, and support.

Environment - Gillian Montgomery, Chairwoman and chapter manager of the Vancouver Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Dedicated environmental steward and campaigner for clean oceans.

Legacy - Tent City, A housing movement that resulted in almost 300 units of government-owned supportive housing units that are here to stay in our community long after the last tent was packed up.

Congratulations to all the winners for their work in the community.