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The Gibsons Community Building Society’s annual Gala Fundraiser & Tribute, presented by TELUS, is our signature fundraising event and an opportunity for the community to gather (even virtually) and celebrate another wonderful year of fun, fellowship, entertainment, celebration and philanthropy. As one of the Sunshine Coast’s most anticipated events, our Gala attracts more than 225 guests, many of whom are business and community leaders who split their time between the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver. Funds raised through this event, support the Society’s bold vision to create a vibrant hub of Coastal life. Guests give generously so that the Gibsons Community Building Society can continue to provide community and educational programs at Gibsons Public Market and the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre.

2021 Virtual Gala


Gibsons Community Building Society is proud to announce Brian Smith as the recipient of the 2021 Darren Entwistle Community Builder Award. The Award, established in 2017, honours outstanding community leadership helping to build a healthy, caring and thriving community.

Brian Smith is being honoured for his success as the foremost proponent of social entrepreneurship and local impact on the Sunshine Coast.

Brian is a visionary leader and an accomplished entrepreneur and investor. He brings innovative thinking and determination to his career defining focus on sustainable business and impactful economic development. Having founded and led successful non-profits, for-profits, and co-ops, Brian is uniquely skillful in a variety of models that can have positive social and environmental impact.

Choose the full Gala experience and enjoy a gourmet meal provided by Emelle’s Market Bistro – a choice of Pork Tenderloin, Pacific Wild Ling Cod or Vegan Wellington – delivered in personalized packaging, along with a signature cocktail, and wine! All you need to participate is a ticket and access to a device (Smart TV, computer, laptop, iPad, tablet, or smart phone) with an internet connection. Prior to the event, one of our dedicated staff or volunteers will walk you through set-up.

Interested in hosting your own small gathering of friends?

Please contact:


Full Gala experience: $175; includes gourmet meal – Pork Tenderloin, Pacific Wild Ling Cod or Vegan Wellington – and beverages – signature cocktail and wine (minimum $100 tax receipt)

Light Gala experience: $125; no meal or beverages ($125 tax receipt)


Your Full Gala experience ticket comes with the following meal options for you to enjoy:

  • Grilled pork tenderloin with roasted plums and Armagnac compound butter
  • Wild pacific ling cod baked with barberry tamarind sunshine coast citrus olive oil
  • Vegan wellington with puy lentils, beet and butternut squash, wild mushroom and kale chili onion compote

Each nested on chard leaf with sumac scented quinoa and Goodacre Market’s early harvest herbed vegetables, including a fall crunch salad with shaved fennel, golden beets, radish, pomegranate, and minted limoncello dressing.

The Purgola Dessert

Triple chocolate mousse terrine
Cranberry cabernet sauvingnon wine reduction
Sugared cranberry + cocoa nibs

Each meal comes with a signature cocktail and red or white wine.

Our Gala would not be possible without the wonderful support of Volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please follow this link.
This event brings together caring sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers who share our values and are looking to make a real impact in the lives of Coastal residents and visitors alike, showcasing the Sunshine Coast and supporting community economic development.


Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Trudene + Bill Longman

Silver Sponsors

Dolores Houghton
Pam Robertson + Pete Macdonald
Sunshine Coast Credit Union

Bronze Sponsors

Debbie + Amadeu Amaral
Unni + Fred Claridge
Patricia Gray + David Doucette
Coast Reporter
Crowe MacKay LLP
EagleView Heights (Stanley Yasin)
Touchstone at Gospel Rock
Wayne Rowe Law Office


Mo Bird + Nancy Bennett; Carol Carr-Andersson + Tomas Andersson; Barb Cochran + Peter Grant; Shana + Hardy Forzley; Georgy + Bill Good; Patricia Hetherington; Lisa + Ralph Hilton; Jan Keast; Judi + Len Libin; Bill Marshall; Pamela McElheran + Steve Bailey; Leslie Nicholls; Anne Niklewicz + Rainer Borkenhagen; Andree Olivier + Mikal Fisher; Sheila + Doug Rogers; Kris + Tom Roper; Judy Rother + Errol Lipschitz; Lura + Burt Smulders; Linda Sonntag; John Sverre; Nancy + Gerry Zipursky; Interdependent Investments; Shaw Sabey & Associates; Shoreline Automated Home Systems; SuperValu; Watson Goepel

Interested in becoming a Sponsor? Email

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