Beatrice Schreiber Re­ceives the Or­der of Merit

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Van­cou­ver, BC - The Ger­man-Cana­dian Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion was thrilled to be cel­e­brat­ing Van­cou­ver, BC – On Wed­nes­day, May 20th, 2015, Ger­man Con­sul Gen­eral Her­mann Sitz pre­sented the Or­der of Merit (Bun­desver­di­en­stkreuz am Bande) to mover and shaker Beatrice Schreiber. The or­der, es­tab­lished in 1951, states:

“De­sir­ing to vis­i­bly ex­press recog­ni­tion and grat­i­tude to de­serv­ing men and women of the Ger­man peo­ple and of for­eign coun­tries, …, I es­tab­lish the Or­der of Merit of the Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of Ger­many. It is awarded for achieve­ments that served the re­build­ing of the coun­try in the fields of po­lit­i­cal, so­cio-eco­nomic and in­tel­lec­tual ac­tiv­ity, and is in­tended to re­ward of all those whose work con­trib­utes to the peace­ful rise of the Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of Ger­many”.

Ms. Schreiber im­mi­grated to Canada in 1995, twenty years ago, where she set up her home in North Van­cou­ver, helped es­tab­lish the Bel Art Gallery with hus­band, Ste­fan and im­me­di­ately be­came in­volved with the pres­ti­gious Ger­man Cana­dian Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion. (GCBA)

It wasn’t long be­fore Ms. Schreiber be­came the first women Pres­i­dent of the GCBA and is cur­rently serv­ing her fifth term in this role. In 2005, she be­came the Chair of the Ger­man Cana­dian Her­itage Plaza, a role she still plays to­day. She also sup­ports other Ger­man-re­lated or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as the Ger­man Cana­dian Care Home, Ger­man Schools, the Euro­pean Fes­ti­val, SOS Kin­der­dorf and the St. Mark’s Church.

Euro­pean Fes­ti­val Ger­man Tent with Ger­man vol­un­teers“My pri­mary ob­jec­tive is to pre­serve and main­tain the lo­cal Ger­man Cul­tural her­itage and eco­nomic as­so­ci­a­tions.” Ms. Schreiber states. Her vol­un­teer work is also far from over.

Ms. Schreiber was the daugh­ter of an art his­to­rian who stud­ied textile de­sign and busi­ness af­ter high school, as well as worked as an haute cou­ture de­signer and seam­stress. She be­came the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of an in­ter­na­tional chil­dren’s cloth­ing com­pany and then the re­gional train­ing man­ager of one of the lead­ing fash­ion com­pa­nies in Ger­many.

Her hus­band, Ste­fan Schreiber, then founded the Bel Art Kun­stver­lag and, shortly af­ter, Ms. Schreiber de­cided to get in­volved in the fam­ily busi­ness. Bel Art Gallery suc­cess­fully made the tran­si­tion to North Van­cou­ver and Ms. Schreiber set up var­ied ex­hi­bi­tions and open­ing with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists, while rais­ing two young chil­dren.

Beatrice with friends & fam­i­lyMs. Schreiber is an in­spi­ra­tion to all who know her and whether she is host­ing Home­s­tay Stu­dents or fundrais­ing for char­i­ta­ble events, she does so with grace and poise. She is a both a role model and an in­spi­ra­tion who en­cour­ages the next gen­er­a­tion to fol­low in her foot­steps and we look for­ward to see­ing what the next 20 years will bring.

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