2016 Richmond Arts Awards

The Richmond Arts Coalition and the City of Richmond are delighted to congratulate the six winners of the eighth annual Richmond Arts Awards, as presented by Mayor Malcolm Brodie at a ceremony in Council Chambers on May 17, 2016.

Arts Education

Recognizes an individual or organization whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far reaching.

2016 Arts Education Winner: Mumtaz Khokhar

Mumtaz Khokhar has worked for the Richmond Society for Community Living for more than 10 years and during this time has completely reinvented the RSCL LIFE Day Services art program. Mumtaz describes the early participants as “only colouring.” Over time, by observing them, she creatively modified tasks to each person’s ability and strengths to empower these developing artists. Her vision for helping people create imaginative and visually pleasing art has established the group in the art community, exhibiting and selling their artwork in both Richmond and Vancouver. Mumtaz has changed the lives of the people she supports, motivating and encouraging the dreams of these artists and, in turn, changing the way the community views these artists and their abilities.

Finalists: Melanie Devoy and Ted Hesketh

Artistic Innovation

Recognizes an individual artist or organization that is producing visionary creative work, exhibiting innovation within their arts discipline and/or bringing a new cultural experience to the city of Richmond.

2016 Artistic Innovation Winner: Jordan Paterson

Jordan Paterson is a filmmaker whose documentary films often focus on stories of migration and the social dynamics of communities through history. Jordan has worked in the film and television industry for 20 years and has written, produced and directed many award-winning documentaries for CBC, Knowledge Network, TVO, Bravo!, TV5, Fairchild TV, Omni TV, Guangdong TV and CCTV China. For the past seven years, Jordan has collaborated extensively within Chinese communities locally and abroad. In 2011, he won a BC Leo Award for Best One Hour Documentary Program for From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration, which later received four Canadian Screen Award nominations. In 2015, he won three BC Leo Awards for his most recent film, Tricks on the Dead. The film also won awards at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.

Finalists: Aarthi Naidu and Marina Szijarto

Business and the Arts

Recognizes a business that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through sponsorship, philanthropic and/or volunteer service.

2016 Business and the Arts Winner: Innovation Networks

For the past eight years, Innovation Network has hosted the Richmond Arts Coalition website and has donated their time and technical experience to create and maintain the RAC webpage. Founded in November 1996, Innovation Networks is a leading provider of managed services, outsourcing IT, customer care, hardware as a service, and other technical support and solutions. Innovation Network’s philosophy regarding community service is, “business supporting community, because without community and those that support it, there is no business”. Over the years, the company has donated their services, building and hosting web sites, advertising events and providing technical expertise and assets to ensure Richmond has a strong and vibrant voluntary and non-profit community, particularly within the arts community.

Finalists: Ampri Real Estate Development Group and TD Bank Group.


Recognizes an individual that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through volunteer service.

2016 Volunteerism Winner: Margaret Stephens

Margaret Stephens joined the Community Arts Council of Richmond in 2006 and was immediately elected to the board as the primary administrator and treasurer. As a longstanding CACR board member, she regularly volunteers more than 350 hours per year, and has helped create a strong and lasting contribution to arts and culture in Richmond and the Lower Mainland. Margaret’s service with the CACR includes seeking out expertise to create a user-friendly website, grant writing and acting as a resource for non-profits to navigate the registration of a society. Moreover, she has added to the city’s cultural vibrancy by organizing programs, workshops, exhibitions, fundraising and scholarships. A tireless advocate for the arts, she has exhibited true dedication to supporting the Richmond arts community and engaging people in art.

Finalists: Dale Bailey and Jiliang Yao

Youth Arts

Recognizes a performing, literary or visual artist, 24 years of age or younger, who has demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the Richmond arts community.

2016 Youth Arts Winner: Nancy Zhang

Nancy Zhang is a Hugh McRoberts Secondary graduate currently pursuing a double degree of Music and Education at McGill University. As an accomplished flutist, she has earned numerous awards from music festivals and ensembles, as well as scholarships for academic achievement and leadership. In addition, she was teaching assistant at the Little Musicians program where she taught music concepts through song, movement and instruments. Inspired by her Richmond music mentor, Mr.Len Kay, Nancy is dedicated to empower her students through music and to advocate the importance of the arts.

Finalists: Emily May and Anna Toth

Cultural Leadership

Recognizes an arts professional or organization as a leader in their arts discipline, their organization stewardship and/or their contribution to Richmond’s cultural development.

2016 Cultural Leadership Winner: Bilal Hamoud

Bilal Hamoud is an ambassador for the arts at the Az-Aaharaa Islamic Centre and throughout Richmond and the Lower Mainland. When the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre opened in 2001, Bilal was a contributor to the beautification of the centre, first painting three murals on the exterior, and later the interior dome adorned with the 99 names of God (Allah) hand painted in Arabic calligraphy. As a passionate collector of Islamic artwork and artifacts from around the world, Bilal holds two annual exhibitions of his collection at the Az-Zahraa Centre, during Doors Open Richmond and the Journey to Islam event. Bilal’s passion for the arts shines as he guides guests through collection, sharing the diversity and beauty of Islamic art, answering questions and dispelling misconceptions of the Islamic faith. He faithfully continues his support of community, donating his own artwork, as well as pieces from his Islamic Collection, for fundraising events to support Muslim and non-Muslim communities in Richmond.

Finalists: Cinevolution Media Arts Society and Community Arts Council of Richmond


The Richmond Arts Awards was developed in partnership with the City of Richmond and is sponsored by the Richmond News.

2016 Selection Committee

  • Artist and Composer, David Dorington
  • Teacher and Artistic Director, Children’s Arts Festival, Debbie Tobbin,
  • Performing Artist and Board Member, Richmond Arts Coalition, Susan Skemp
  • Piano teacher and Community Development Coordinator, South Arm Community Centre, Winnie Wong