Mohammed et Yulanda Faris
Together, Mohammed (Moh) and Yulanda Faris have been an active force in the Vancouver arts community for close to 40 years. They have liberally donated their time and financial support (often anonymously) to opera, dance, the visual arts, and literature, with a particular focus on young people, arts education and professional training opportunities. The organizations they have supported include, among countless others, the Vancouver Opera, the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver Dance Foundation, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver International Writers' Festival, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Children's Festival and Downtown Women's Eastside Centre. Both believe strongly that championing the arts adds to the community's quality of life, since culture is the essence of a vibrant society.