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Jacqui Cohen, president and CEO of Army & Navy Department Store, is one of 13 winners of the inaugural Together We Can Canadian Champion Awards

New honour by the country’s largest addiction treatment group recognizes exceptional contributions to the community

People often give for selfless reasons, but they still deserve our thanks. In that spirit, Together We Can Addiction Recovery & Education Society has announced the winners of its inaugural Together We Can Canadian Champion Awards. The 13 honourees range from real estate developer Ryan Beedie and Vancity chief executive Tamara Vrooman to Peter Legge, chair and CEO of BCBusiness publisher Canada Wide Media.

Launched in 1993, Vancouver-based Together We Can is Canada’s largest addiction treatment organization. The society, which has facilities in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, aims to support and educate men and their families battling alcohol and drug dependency. At any given time, 310 men participate in its 60- to 90-day recovery programs.

According to Together We Can, the Canadian Champion winners exemplify its philosophy of going above and beyond to help others and have made exceptional contributions to the community.

“As an organization with over 25 years in the industry, we are all too aware of the vital role private citizens and companies play in advancing health-care outcomes,” Stacy Wilson, executive director of Together We Can, said in a statement. “Often no one hears about the successes, but these honourees have all gone above and beyond to ensure that infrastructure gets built, causes are funded and no one gets left behind. Together We Can owes a debt of gratitude for the generosity and forward thinking consistently displayed by everyone on this list, and as such has decided to recognize them.”

The winners, listed below, will be honoured on November 9, during Together We Can’s annual fundraising gala. You can find profiles of all 13 here.

For tickets to the gala, which takes place at the Rocky Mountaineer station in Vancouver, click here

Ryan Beedie
President, Beedie Development Group

Shannon Bosa-Yacoub
Co-owner, Glowbal Restaurant Group

Jacqui Cohen
President and CEO, Army & Navy Department Store

Jae Kim
Chief philanthropy officer, Giustra Foundation

Peter Legge
Chair and CEO, Canada Wide Media

Brandt Louie
Chair, London Drugs

Ron McNeil and Ivan Harmatny
Co-founders; CEO and director of corporate development, LMS Reinforcing Steel Group

Manny Padda
Founder and managing director, New Avenue Capital

Bob Rennie
Founder, Rennie

Garry Skidmore
President, Skidmore Group

Tamara Vrooman
President and CEO, Vancouver City Savings Credit Union

Lorrie Ward
Secretary treasurer and principal officer, Teamsters Local Union No. 155