Folk who pleased us in Augusts past

Folk who pleased us in Augusts past

Abreast In A Boat’s Sally Haugen, Dr. Jean Buckley and Joanna Hutton raced in Poland to show that upper body exercise should not cause lymphedema complications after breast cancer treatment. For Malcolm Parry’s Town Talk column on Aug. 6, 2016. The Honda Celebration of Light? Flash, bang, sayonara. Day? Back to work everybody, or hit the road in hopes of finding a campsite. But most of August remains for us to take pride in folk of every stripe, to greet others who rocket up to wow us, or simply to feel good about friends, neighbours and others who, like us, find enjoyment in the month that was called Sextillius until Ancient Romans renamed it to honour Emperor Augustus Caesar. Following are such folk who came to this column’s attention in Augusts past.2002: At the first such event to be held outside Ottawa, Governor General Adrienne Clarkson inducted architect Bing Thom, whose Chan Centre had opened earlier at UBC, into the Order of Canada.

2012: Peru born automation firm head Sandra Higueras (seated left) showed swimwear she designed to aid marginalized women served by the Beauty Night Society Caroline MacGillivray (seated right) founded.

2015: Although Umberto Menghi’s 40 year old Il Giardino di Umberto restaurant closed seemingly for ever in 2003, he and wife Marion greeted guests at a new iteration’s opening 28 months later.

2011: Costume partying Tyler Harris produced an engagement ring for Jude Kusnierz at Beaumont Studios which she developed for resident artists, artisans, cultural groups and many community programs.

2002: “It’s a wonderful country to be in,” 85 year old retired importer exporter Henry Yip said as the Millennium Gate opened to access the Chinatown where grandfather Yip Sang began building in 1887.

2005: Sir Richard Branson wished Jim Green well as the longtime downtown east side activist, non profit housing developer and three year city councillor embarked upon a second unsuccessful mayoral bid.

2006: At a Thomas and Amy Fung garden party, self made billionaire Jim Pattison chatted with Sam Sullivan who won the 2005 mayoral election and is now Vancouver False Creek’s Liberal MLA.

2011: Aided here by Michelle Mackay, scientist and fetish fan James Walton had been a craft beer pioneer in 1994 when he founded highly valued Storm Brewing with equipment he built himself.

2009: “To be shoemaker, you have to be patient,” said four decade Robson Street craftsman Kung Ho who, though making fewer $3,000 a pair shoes, applied equal care and skill to those he repaired.

2013: Readying the 13th annual Whistler Film Festival she co founded, Shauna Hardy Mishaw said board member and Maverick Award feature director Carl Bessai “truly symbolizes the indie spirit in Canada.”

2010: Wade Grant, Musqueam Nation councillor, economic development coordinator and now special adviser to the premier, would seek but miss election as successor to 14 year chief Ernie Campbell.

2011: Former National Ballet of China star Chun Che feted wife and National Ballet of Canada principal Chan Hon Goh when 34 of her Goh Ballet Academy dancers began a six city tour of China.

2014: Dressing down for a Livingspace Interiors soire, designer Brent Beatty escorted companion Thomas Hobbs who raised standards by advising and serving floral and plant nursery clients for decades.

2015: With 65 years of combined police service between them, Vicki Chu joined husband Jim, the retired Vancouver chief constable and now Aquilini Investment Group VP, at a Fishing For Kids benefit.

2014: Although David Battersby’s declaration of gayness put an end to his and Heather Howat’s marriage, their architectural partnership not only continued but flourished to considerable widespread acclaim.