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Be More Than A Bystander Awards

EVA BC was pleased to launch the first annual Be More Than a Bystander Awards at the EVA BC Annual Training Forum in November 2016. This award honours dedicated community members who make outstanding contributions to ending gender-based violence by speaking up, interrupting and confronting harmful language and behaviour within their community, and who demonstrate courage in opposing gender-based violence. The award is an important continuation of the Tony McNaughton Award for bravery in opposing violence, established by the Ending Relationship Abuse Society of BC (ERA BC) in 2004.

2017 Recipients

From Left to Right: JR LaRose, Bystander award recipient Doris Paul, Tracy Porteous, Hon. Katrine Conroy, and Jamie Taras

The 2017 recipients were Doris Paul – Xele’milh,  in recognition of her leadership in developing programs and collaborative initiatives to better support Indigenous survivors of gender-based violence and educator Carol Todd, founder of the Amanda Todd Legacy Society who is being recognized for for her advocacy work in increasing awareness of sexual exploitation, internet safety, and gender-based cyber violence.

From Left to Right: Tracy Porteous, Bystander award recipient Carol Todd, Hon. Katrine Conroy, Jamie Taras, JR LaRose

Awards were presented by the Minister of Children and Family Development, The Honourable Katrine Conroy; Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, EVA BC; and  Be More Than a Bystander spokespersons Jamie Taras and JR LaRose.

2016 Recipients

Left to Right: 2016 Bystander award recipients Eric Miranda and Melinda Mack

The first two recipients in 2016 were Vancouver high school student Eric Miranda, and anti-violence worker and advocate Melinda Mack of Bella Coola. Awards were presented by the Minister of Children and Family Development, The Honourable Stephanie Cadieux; Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, EVA BC; and popular Be More Than a Bystander spokespersons Angus Reid and JR LaRose.