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Richmond resident nominated for BC Achievement Award

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:39 PDT, Thu May 4, 2023

The recipients of the 2023 BC Achievements Awards have been announced, honouring recipients who build better, stronger, and more resilient communities. 

Among the inductees is Jessie Sutherland who resides in Richmond and has contributed a great deal to the community, in addition to many others across British Columbia. 

As founder of the organization Intercultural Strategies, Sutherland helps leaders and groups build cultures of belong to create change in an inclusive and positive way. She works with organizations and communities to encourage diversity, build belonging, and ignite intercultural collaboration. Her approach creates sustainable community change that effectively addresses complex social problems. Jessie’s work has been delivered in over eight languages and has taken her across Canada and around the world to support communities in their efforts to address challenging issues including poverty, homelessness, the overdose crisis, elder abuse, reconciliation, youth engagement, bullying, workplace inclusion and more. Many of her clients go on to win awards for their work in engaging diversity and fostering collaboration for sustainable and lasting change.

I am very touched that people took the time to submit the nomination and then to be selected. There are so many wonderful people in Richmond who have supported this work and with whom I have collaborated with. I recognize the body of work I have developed over time was created through trial and error, integrating successes and lessons along the way. As a result, this award reflects the hard work of many people who took a chance on the Belonging Matters framework or contributed in some way. I am very appreciative of the award, the people who have supported the early days in its development, and all those who have contributed. For me it is a testament to our collective work” said Sutherland 

Some of the community work Jessie Sutherland has supported includes the following: 

  • City of Richmond 
    • Keynote for Diversity Symposium 
    • Workshop presenter for Diversity Symposium 
    • Consultant on overdose crisis 
  • Better at Home program 
    • Designed and facilitated a collaborative decision making process for non profit leaders to identify an agency lead for United Ways of BC’s Better at Home program 
  • Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives 
    • Designed and facilitated a collaborative decision making with two boards to create one umbrella organization 
  • Richmond Community Action Team to address overdose crisis 
    • Consultant, facilitator, and training to create community change strategy with stakeholders working on addressing overdose crisis 
  • Richmond Addictions Services Society 
    • Consultant and facilitator for work on overdose crisis 
  • Addressing Poverty in Newcomer Families with children under six years old 
    • Designed and facilitated Belong Matters conversations and Community Change model
  • Consultant for Steveston Historical Society on Walking Tour Vignettes project
  • Board of Directors decision making process for Steveston Community Centre 
  • Author’s event at Richmond Public Library 
  • Designed and delivered Intercultural Intelligence training 
  • Offered long training programs at Holiday Inn for non profit sector 
  • MC for launch of local author and educator Hieu Pham-Fraser’s new book 
  • Collaborated with Musqueam Knowledge Keeper 

For more information about the BC Achievements, visit

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