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.
The 2018 recipient was the Nisg̱a’a VAWIR (Violence Against Women in Relationships) Committee, in recognition of its commitment to increasing safety and wellness in the Nation’s community. The Nisg̱a’a VAWIR Committee is a key component in the overall framework to create family wellness for the people of the Nisg̱a’a Nation. Their collaborative and respectful approach exemplifies the spirit of the Bystander engagement model as they work towards creating a safer community for all.
The award was presented by Parliamentary Secretary for gender equity, Mitzi Dean; Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, EVA BC; and Be More Than a Bystander spokespersons Jamie Taras and JR LaRose.
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.
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.
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.