Each year $250 is awarded to a community member on the Sunshine Coast who has made significant leadership contributions as a volunteer to arts and/or cultural events in our community.

Frances Wasserlein was a courageous, feminist activist advocating for women and LGBTQ2+ rights and change. She was passionate about building inclusive communities through many forms of art and culture. She was a member of the Sechelt Public Library Board and Executive Director of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. This award was lovingly initiated by Frances’ Book Club to celebrate her inspirational life and diverse accomplishments.


  • Sunshine Coast Resident
  • Have exhibited exemplary, sustained, leadership as a volunteer

How to Apply:

  • Applicants must be nominated by others.
  • Complete the Application Form and email it to submissions@sunshinecoastartscouncil.com
  • 2 Letters of Support
  • A Statement describing the candidate’s volunteer work and how it has enhanced the arts and/or cultural offerings on the Sunshine Coast.


Applications can be filled out digitally or by hand. Links to both versions are provided below:

SCAC Application Form (digital)

SCAC Application Form (printable)


If you would like to support building this endowment, please follow the link below to donate and make sure to specify the Award you are supporting


Past Winners


Awarded to: Paula O’Brien


Awarded to: Sheila Page



Awarded to: Linda Williams and presented by nominator, Cindy Riach