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2015 Heritage Banner Design Contest Winners

Jan 25, 2016

At tonight’s Regular Meeting, Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council recognized the winners of Delta’s 2015 Heritage Banner Design Contest.

Special congratulations are extended to:

  • Gary Nay, winner of the South Delta category and overall grand prize winner
  • Cathey Tyler, winner of the North Delta category
  • Luna Nanahoshi, winner of the Child/Youth category

Initiated in the spring of 2014 by the Heritage Advisory Commission, the Heritage Banner Design Contest is a street banner design competition created to raise awareness of Delta’s heritage, showcase local artists, and engage the community.

“Once again, the talent within our community shines in all of the submissions,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “Each one of these winning designs represents Delta’s heritage in very different, yet equally profound ways. I look forward to seeing the grand prize winning banner throughout our community.”

A panel of volunteer judges from Watershed Artworks, South Delta Artists’ Guild and the Heritage Advisory Commission reviewed all entries and selected a winner from each of three categories (South Delta, North Delta, and Child/Youth) and one overall grand prize winner of all categories. Winning entries were considered based on creativity, heritage value, visual appeal, and elements of art and design.

Grand Prize & South Delta Category
Ours to Preserve by Gary Nay

With Ours to Preserve, Gary Nay captures very distinct characteristics of Delta’s identity. With nautical, aboriginal, and agricultural themes Nay describes his grand prize winning design as “a journey through time and space”. Paired with soft, earthy tones, Nay’s piece beautifully unites Delta’s past and present.





North Delta Category
River of Life by Cathey Tyler

Cathey Tyler’s River of Life pays significant homage to Delta’s First Nation’s heritage. Creatively using flowing green lines to induce a feeling of movement, Tyler says her design “honours First Nation history along the [Fraser] River”. Tyler’s work recognizes the life that relies upon the river, creating a parallel to our contemporary dependency on the Fraser.




Child/Youth Category
Salish Sea by Luna Nanahoshi

The vibrancy of Luna Nanahoshi’s Salish Sea is undeniably its most apparent quality. The diversity of colour plays a dual role, as the red, white, and black are symbolic colours of the Tsawwassen First Nation, while the colourful water represents the changing of the seasons. The First Nations imagery also serves a specific purpose, as Nanahoshi describes “the salmon, kayak, and crane are symbols of Delta.”




Each winner received a $350 honorarium and a street banner with their design. As the grand prize winner, look for Gary Nay’s Ours to Preserve banner displayed throughout the municipality alongside Delta’s street banners.