MOV 2014 Legacy Awards Dinner

Museum of Vancouver Legacy Awards Dinner

Honouring those who shape Vancouver


We are of a city of innovators and visionaries. At the Museum of Vancouver, we aim to look at Vancouver’s past, present, and future, and this fall we invite you to join us for our 3rd annual Museum of Vancouver Legacy Awards Dinner, an awards dinner that honours those individuals, families and companies who have contributed to this city.


Please join us on Monday October 6th, in paying tribute to Morris J. Wosk and Yosef Wosk, Dr. Julio Montaner and Wade Grant as we recognize them for their commitment to Vancouver. Guests at this fundraiser will enjoy an exclusive evening of good company, interesting ideas, complimentary beverages, and a sit-down dinner. Enjoy live musical entertainment and participate in a silent auction benefiting our non-profit society.


2014 Award Winners:

City Legacy Award Honourees: Morris J. Wosk and Yosef Wosk
City Shaper Award Honouree: Dr. Julio Montaner
Emerging City Visionary Award Honouree: Wade Grant


Event information:

Guests at this fundraiser will enjoy an exclusive evening of good company, interesting ideas, complimentary beverages, and a sit-down dinner. Enjoy live musical entertainment and participate in a silent auction benefitting the Museum of Vancouver, a non-profit society.

Date: Monday, October 6, 2014

5:30pm Cocktails, Live Music, Silent Auction
6:30pm Dinner & Awards Presentation

Dress code: Elegant

Location: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St. Vancouver, BC
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About the 2014 MOV Legacy Award Winners

Museum of Vancouver City Legacy Award Honourees: Morris J. Wosk and Yosef Wosk

Morris J. Wosk

Born in Odessa, Morris J. Wosk (1917 – 2002) moved to British Columbia with his family in 1928. He was part of the growth and development of Vancouver as a businessman, community leader, and philanthropist for seventy-five years.

Having faced innumerable challenges, his hard work and strict adherence to honesty, fairness and respect for all earned him deep admiration and success in a number of areas. For four decades he was co-owner of Wosk’s Ltd.—one of the city’s premier furniture and appliances businesses—with his brother, Ben. He then turned his talents to the hotel and residential sectors. He became one of Vancouver’s largest and most highly regarded landlords. In his latter years he became a revered mentor to the next generation of businessmen and women.

Success in business led to his work on behalf of community organizations, giving of both his time and resources in British Columbia, across the country and internationally. Among the numerous causes he championed were education, health care, social services, libraries and the arts. Privately, he also assisted elderly and indigent tenants, persons needing medical equipment or assistance, and employees with financial problems. We will never know the full extent of his generosity.

Morris J. Wosk achieved the rare distinction of being awarded the highest recognition from all three levels of government—the federal, provincial and municipal: he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia, as well as a Freeman of the City of Vancouver. Besides numerous awards from several organizations worldwide, he was also presented with honorary doctorates from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Simon Fraser University.

Married to Dena for 54 years, they raised four children—Miriam, Yosef, Mordehai and Kenny, and had six grandchildren. Morris is remembered as a man of immense joy and wisdom, a gift to the city that welcomed him so many years ago.

Yosef Wosk

Morris and Dena's son, Dr. Yosef Wosk, is an ordained rabbi, Harvard graduate, holder of five post-graduate degrees and two honorary doctorates. He is appreciated as a master teacher of over five thousand students from kindergarten through adult education and has lectured at universities and institutes of higher learning throughout the world.

He was Director of Interdisciplinary Programs in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University where he developed seminal programs such as The Philosophers' Café and The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars. He still serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Humanities.

Yosef is a community activist who is recognized as a public speaker, media commentator and published author. He has also been deeply involved in heritage conservation, education, parks and gardens, social services, interfaith dialogue, business, books, and art. He served on numerous government, communal, academic, business and professional boards including the Museum of Vancouver, the Vancouver Public Library, and the Museum of Anthropology.

A major art collector who has curated exhibitions and donated art to many institutions, Yosef is also a champion of literacy, design and the book arts. He has founded and supported almost five hundred libraries worldwide, endowed Vancouver's Poet Laureate, funded the reflecting pond to complete Arthur Erickson’s iconic MOA architecture, and is the principal benefactor of the Carter-Wosk BC Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art & Design as well as the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

Identified as one of the top ten thinkers and most thoughtful citizens in the province, Yosef is also widely travelled. He has been fortunate to visit all seven continents as well as both the North and South Poles. Appointed to The Order of British Columbia and awarded a BC Community Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding community service, Yosef is included in the Canadian Who's Who. He is also a recipient of the Mayor’s Art Award for Philanthropy, the Community Champion Special Award from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, a Spirit of Vancouver Award from the Vancouver Board of Trade, an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Canadian Museums Association, and the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Museum of Vancouver City Shaper Award Honouree: Dr. Julio Montaner

A Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of AIDS at UBC. He played a key role in establishing the efficacy of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) and since then has established the role of ‘Treatment as Prevention’ using HAART to simultaneously decrease progression to AIDS and death, as well as HIV transmission. He was inducted into the Order of British Columbia in 2010, in part for his work resulting in a decrease in HIV/AIDS infections and mortality. Dr. Montaner was born in Argentina and completed his M.D. with Honours from the University of Buenos Aires in 1979. After completing a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at UBC and meeting his future wife, Montaner decided to remain in Vancouver, joining the faculty of St. Paul’s Hospital/UBC. He was invited to run the new HIV department that was being established in response to the emerging AIDS crisis. In 1992, he was joined by Michael O’Shaughnessy to found the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. In 1996,  Dr. Montaner presented the results of his pioneering research on triple therapy to treat HIV infections at the XI International AIDS Conference in Vancouver, creating new standard for HIV drug therapy. Dr. Montaner served as the President of the International AIDS Society from 2008 to 2010, and as of 2013, continues to serve as an elected member of the Council of the International AIDS Society.


Museum of Vancouver Emerging City Visionary Award Honouree: Wade Grant

The son of former Chief Wendy Grant-John and Councillor Howard E. Grant, who was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve. After receiving an Arts degree from UBC, Wade worked in many different areas and attended UBC Law School.  He has participated on many volunteer boards and committees around the city and has been actively involved forging new relationships between Aboriginal people and the City of Vancouver. In 2004, at the age of 26, Wade was elected to Musqueam Chief & Council for the first time.  Wade was the Executive Assistant to the Provincial Minister of Public safety from 2006-2007.  In 2007, Wade accepted a role in the office of Shawn Atleo who was the Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief at the time.  In 2009, Wade was named the Assistant General Manager of the Aboriginal Pavilion for the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Wade is particularly proud of his work as Co-Chair for the Vancouver Urban Dialogues Project, which brought together the First Nations, Urban Aboriginal, and New Immigrants in ways that had never been done before. Recently, Wade accepted a role in the Office of the Premier as Special Advisor on First Nations and Aboriginal Issues.  



How awards are selected:

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) invited to the selection table well recognized city historians, urban planners, influencers in the business and philanthropic sector, as well as representatives from the MOV Board of Directors. They spent two months reviewing over 50 families and individuals who have helped to mould the city as we know it today and who continue to influence its path to tomorrow. These awards will recognize those individuals who have shown outstanding vision and commitment to building a city that is ranked as one of the most impressive in the world.


Past Museum of Vancouver Legacy Awards Dinners

Museum of Vancouver City Legacy Award
This award honours those individuals or families that have played a key role in building a foundation for the city of Vancouver so it could flourish, and whose enduring legacy can still be felt in circles either small or large today.  This may be a living or posthumous award.

2012 Honourees: Fei and Milton Wong

2013 Honouree: Ray Spaxman, Architect

Museum of Vancouver City Shaper Award
This award honours living visionaries whose recent (or current) actions have moulded Vancouver's long-term sustainability, whose impact has been felt over time, and whose contributions have helped create a more livable city for ordinary Vancouver residents to enjoy, demonstrating a genuine understanding o the needs of Vancouverites.

Not awarded in 2012

2013 Honouree: Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), accepted by Chris McNeill

Museum of Vancouver Emerging City Visionary Award
This award honours those individuals whose actions and/or ideas demonstrate a vision for the long-term needs of Vancouver as an innovative, sustainable and inclusive city. This individual shows signs of having a future transformative impact on the city and its people.

2012 Honouree: Robert Fung

2013 Honouree: Tamara Vrooman; Chief Executive Officer, Vancity

View photos from the 2012 Museum of Vancouver Legacy Awards Dinner

View photos from the 2013 Museum of Vancouver Legacy Awards Dinner