Catherine Haggquist and Alvin Sanders honoured by Union of B.C. Performers at annual awards

Acting awards for B.C.-based union handed out virtually this year due to pandemic

Catherine Lough Haggquist was presented the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award at the 9th annual Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) awards held Saturday Handout / PNG

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The 9th annual Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) awards came complete with a red carpet and familiar B.C. faces on Saturday as the venerable organization, like many others, was forced to move their celebrations to an online platform due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“In the midst of a global pandemic, the UBCP/ACTRA awards present an opportunity to come together as a community, via an online platform, to celebrate our best and brightest in the industry. These accomplished individuals, from a field of accomplished individuals, truly deserve this recognition and we are delighted to have found a way to honour them in these challenging times,” said Keith Martin Gordey, UBCP/ACTRA President and ACTRA Vice President in a statement.

Included in the awards were two lifetime achievement honours.

Catherine Lough Haggquist was presented the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, while Alvin Sanders was honoured with the John Juliani Award of Excellence.

The Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award is presented to a UBCP/ACTRA member whose work as a performer and/or beyond, embodies the type of accomplishments that advance the status of women. Haggquist has
over 140 Film and TV credits as well as numerous stage credits. She received the 2008 Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s Special Jury Award, along with being named as UBCP/ACTRA’s 2013 International Women’s Day Honouree; in 2017 she was awarded a life membership by UBCP/ACTRA in 2017 in recognition for her work with the union.

Haggquist is contributor to programs such as, On The Mic Training, Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts), Capilano University and ActorVan Studios. Also on her busy work list is ownership of TheDramaClass.com. That web-based school is now a sister company to BizBooks.net the film, TV and theatre online bookstore Haggquist founded in 1996.

“I am humbled and grateful to be seen and appreciated for qualities in me that were inspired, challenged and encouraged by (Lorena Gale). I am so very grateful to have my name added to a list of women whose lives and work inspire me daily,” said Haggquist in a statement.

Alvin Sanders was honoured with the John Juliani Award of Excellence at the Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) 9th annual awards held Saturday. submitted / PNG

The John Juliani Award of Excellence is presented to the artist who has offered a distinguished contribution to the film and television industry here in B.C. Sanders, this year’s recipient, is a prodigious American/Canadian actor who has a jammed packed IMDb page as well as a long theatre resume. He has also been very active in the union sitting on the UBCP/ACTRA Executive Board from 2002, first as a director, then as treasurer. He ended up his tenure as the president from 2011 -2017. These days Sanders is busy focusing on his acting career.

“I can honestly say (this) is an honour I never imagined myself receiving,” said Sanders in a statement. “I have had the privilege of being part of the transition our union has been through and If I had to single out the thing that I am most proud of being part of it would be helping to bring collaboration and respect to the relationship with our staff. Respect is very important. Many of the things our union fights for, starts with, or centres on, respect. I believe we must respect each other and ourselves before we can expect to receive (respect from others).”

The other awards handed out are as follows:

Best Lead Performance, Male: John Cassini for his role in Daughter

Best Lead Performance, Female: Carmen Moore for her role in Rustic Oracle

Best Supporting Performance, Male: Brendan Fletcher for his role in Night Hunter

Best Supporting Performance, Female: Jenn MacLean-Angus for her role in Daughter

Best Voice Performance: Giles Panton for her performance in Absolute Carnage

Best Stunt Performance: Stunt performers Corry Glass and Adrian Hein for their performances in The Detour — The Sister

You can watch the event by going to the UBCP/ACTRA website.

 

 

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