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National Society Awards Highest Honours to Canadian Designer


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The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) has awarded GDC Fellowship to outstanding Canadian designer, Peggy Cady of Victoria BC.

Fellowship is the highest honour that the national professional society can bestow, and is awarded to an individual who by accomplishment and influence has made a major contribution to graphic design in Canada. Only 56 individuals have received this accolade since 1960.

Peggy Cady served the GDC as national president 2004-06, and is a former president of the GDC Vancouver Island Chapter. As national president, she focused on finance, structure and standards to bring the national GDC new strength, vision and greater national visibility. Cady recently laid the groundwork for the new GDC Canadian Design Foundation, to help inspire, support and invigorate graphic design and design education communities in Canada. She is also a 2004 graduate of Leadership Victoria.

Cady has long been an advocate for design in Canada. In support of the nomination, former Vancouver Island Chapter President Laurie Darrah MGDC, said, “Over the past few years she has delivered what was missing and has done it with compassion, exceptional diplomacy and integrity.” David Berman R.G.D., FGDC, GDC Ethics Chair stated, “Peggy Cady is calmly, quietly, relentlessly one of the greatest forces behind the GDC....she has seen us through some of the most challenging times that graphic design in Canada has known.”

Brenda Sanderson, MGDC, Executive Director of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) said, “Peggy’s leadership of the GDC has given us a new voice on the national stage and created a platform for future growth.” Paul Nishikawa, MGDC, retiring vice president stated, “Her commitment to helping others and furthering design has been a model to all. I look forward to being a part of the legacy she has left us through her leadership and vision.”

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