Stephanie Fischer. File photo

Stephanie Fischer named BC Good Citizen

Fischer among 19 British Columbians recognized for their outstanding community service

Submitted

Nelson’s Stephanie Fischer is among 19 British Columbians who will receive the province’s Medal of Good Citizenship for their outstanding community service.

Fischer has been integral in establishing Nelson and area as a cultural hub.

Fischer was an early champion and founding director of the City of Nelson’s cultural development committee, which helped develop long-term cultural plans and policies for the city. She has been a steadfast volunteer on numerous boards and steering committees including: the Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership, Selkirk College, Oxygen Art Centre, Nelson Artwalk and the Social Planning Action Network.

According to an announcement that accompanied Tuesday’s announcement, “For Fischer, the value of culture and its contribution to the vibrancy and strength of a community is fundamental. Her enthusiasm has inspired countless individuals to become active in the arts alongside her.

“Her contributions have created a culture of accessibility within the arts in the region while encouraging and celebrating excellence.”

A student of architecture in Germany, Fischer completed an internship in the former East German city of Dessau. She is credited as instrumental in the planning of a new culture centre for Dessau, a project that went on to win the Alfred-Toepfer Foundation Award for innovation and initiative in cultural development.

Of note is Fischer’s involvement in projects around reconciliation with indigenous peoples through partnerships and cultural programming. Her goal is to provide opportunities for our community to learn and appreciate indigenous culture through artistic expression. For example, an indigenous dance event offered a learning opportunity for the greater community to build relationships with indigenous peoples in the region.

As executive director of the Capitol Theatre, Fischer helped raise over $250,000 to renew the systems and equipment. The 30-year-old institution is now thriving, with increased patron and season package memberships, a steady increase in audience attendance at a broad spectrum of live theatre events, and the provision of space to serve as a performing arts resource and referral facility for the community.

She was also the project manager and visionary behind Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History.

In recognition of her contributions, Fischer received a special citation from the City of Nelson, and the Community Futures and CIEL Community Innovation Entrepreneur Award.

She is the only Kootenaian among this year’s honourees.

Just Posted

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Celebrated singer and composer to visit Nelson

Moira Smiley will present The Voice is a Traveller in Nelson on March 3.

Selkirk College opens up debate on sports team name, logo

Asking for public comment on ‘Saints’ name until March 1

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

70% of Canadians agree with mandatory vaccines for children: poll

The debate for pro and anti vaccinations has heated up after a measles outbreak in Vancouver

VIDEO: Woman, off-duty cop in serious condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

‘A little baloney’ in PM’s claim about solicitor-client privilege on SNC-Lavalin

The Conservatives and NDP want Trudeau to waive that privilege so Wilson-Raybould can offer her side of the story

Proposed edible pot rules are wasteful, would leave products tasteless: critics

When Canada legalized weed last fall, it only allowed fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds

Samsung folding phone is different – but also almost $2,000

But most analysts see a limited market for foldable-screen phones

Alcohol policies fizzle for Canadian governments as harms overflow: reports

About 80 per cent of Canadians drink, and most enjoy a drink or two

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Most Read