Friday, July 26, 2013

Dempsey Bob receives Officer of the Order of Canada appointment

A Northwest British Columbia resident, one who has received accolades from around the world for his work in carving, has been awarded one of the highest of civilian orders by the Governor General David Johnston.

Dempsey Bob, the world renowned Tlingit/Thaltan carver from Telegraph Creek, has been carving and teaching for over 40 years, his work showcased in museums and galleries across BC, Canada around the world. Sought out by many as a mentor and teacher, his work has showcased Northwest art for over four decades.

In June he gained one more notice of appreciation, as he was appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada, one of 34 Officers named, along with 40 members listed as appointed.

Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to take place at a later date.

While remaining active in carving, Dempsey Bob currently is also a senior advisor to the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Arts, a position he has held since the School was created in 2006, part of the campus of Northwest Community College.

The college took justifiable pride in announcing his appointment to the Order of Canada with this press release, which outlines his importance and impact to the program at NWCC.

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