The Tribute Series is a dedication to a Canadian for an outstanding achievement in their field. Each year, the Meyer Family will donate $5,000 toward a not-for profit foundation, endowment or scholarship as a way of encouraging or honouring the legacies of these Canadians.

Our list of honorees:

2017 - Joannie Rochette
2016 – Donovan Tildesley
2015 – Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship
2014 – Art & Viv Meyer
2013 – Pat Quinn
2012 – Kelly Hrudey
2011 – Winnifred Mary Stewart
2010 – Sonja Gaudet
2009 – Kenny McLean
2008 – Steve Yzerman
2007 – Bill Reid
2006 – Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design


Joannie Rochette

In 2017 we selected Olympic figure skater Joannie Rochette. Bronze Medalist at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, World Vice-Champion in 2009 and crowned Canadian Champion six times, Joannie Rochette is, without a doubt, one of Canada’s most brilliant figure skaters in its history. Born on Île Dupas, Quebec, in the Lanaudière region, she has become a force to reckon with, allying power, perfectionism, fire and grace on ice. 

After lacing up her first pair of skates at merely age 2, she grew into her full potential at the turn of the millennium. In 2005, Joannie won her first Canadian Championship title, becoming the first ever Canadian female figure skater to win the national title across all categories. 

She has been medaled 11 times over the course of her brilliant world journey, by the International Skating Unions Grand Prix Circuit and during 3 Four Continents Championships. Joannie saw her greatest dream come true when she competed at the Turin Olympic Games in 2006. Ranking 5th, Joannie surpassed her goal of reaching top 10.

Four years later, at the Vancouver Olympic Games, the figure skater would inspire a nation by showcasing power and exceptional courage. All recall her stepping onto the third step of the podium, just days after losing her mother to a heart attack. After performing outstandingly, Joannie was chosen to carry the Canadian flag during the Games’ closing ceremony. For her determination and humility in adversity, she was nominated Female Athlete of the Year by the Canadian Press (2010) and co-winner of the Terry Fox Award (2010).

Joannie is dedicated to positive change and has worked with organizations such as World Vision (Peru 2009, Honduras 2011) and Right to Play (Rwanda 2013, Ghana 2017). She is also involved with the iheartmom campaign (Ottawa University), the Montreal Heart Institute, the Bruny Surin Foundation, We Day and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Joannie’s connection to heart disease and stroke has led her to volunteering as Honorary Chair of Heart & Stroke Canvass where she speaks about her experience and her hopes for empowering more women to make their heart health a priority.

A $5,000 donation ($1,000 per year over 5 years) will be made in Joannie’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a leading funder of life-saving research. For more information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation visit


Donovan Tildesley

In 2016 we pay tribute to Donovan Tildesley, accomplished blind Paralympic swimmer. Donovan’s career highlights include a Bronze medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, five Golds and one Silver medal at the 2002 IPC World Championships, 2 Silvers and one Bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympics, and a Bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics where he was also named flag bearer for Team Canada. In 2012, Donovan qualified and participated in his fourth Paralympic Games which were held in London.

JAK & Janice Meyer will donate $5,000 ($1,000 per year over 5 years) in Donovan’s name to The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Canada’s largest not for profit donor to researching cures for retinal diseases. The funds will be earmarked to the “Dr. Robert K Koenekoop Ocular Genetics Laboratory” for research into cures for Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) which is the eye condition affecting Donovan.

To read more of Donovan’s story, and learn how you can book him as a keynote speaker for your next event, please visit his website at


Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship

In 2015 we selected the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, a Canadian non-profit culinary foundation created to recognize and inspire young Canadian chefs. A Canadian non-profit culinary foundation, the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, was created in 2013 to recognize and inspire young Canadian chefs, whilst promoting professionalism and culinary excellence within the hospitality industry. Through its national annual competition, the scholarship program provides a platform for talented young chefs to get a head start through recognition, mentorship and an unparalleled opportunity to work in the country’s leading restaurants. 

More information on the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship can be found online at


Art & Viv Meyer

In 2014 we pay tribute to JAK Meyer's parents, Art & Viv Meyer. Exemplary citizens, parents, grandparents, community workers and contributors to the best possible world but above all, a grand love story.

Art & Viv Meyer are always positive, they make an impact wherever they go and wherever they are involved. At 89 years of age respectively, Art and Viv continue to contribute in their daily lives, both as living examples of love in action and continued involvement in their community and family.  Raised in Yorkton, Saskatchewan the two of them were high school sweethearts.  Art went to Saskatoon and graduated with his Engineering degree and Viv off to Winnipeg for her RN.  They married 65 years ago, and had five children in seven years … JAK Meyer being the youngest! Art played semi pro hockey in his early years, then moved into the burgeoning world of marketing with oil and gas.  He was instrumental in developing the ethanol formula and processing plant for Mohawk Oil, because he believed before very few did that we needed to make a change with how we handled our renewable resources.  Viv spent a lifetime of making her mark as a volunteer and organizer of charity events in the many cities they lived in, from Saskatoon to Vancouver, Edmonton and finally home in Calgary.

For the past decade they have put their considerable efforts and energy towards the First Baptist Church Open Door program for seniors, a non-denominational outreach for seniors in the Calgary area. Their absolute belief that each individual must give back to their community inspired the line of Tribute wines, ingrained in JAK and Janice Meyer the desire to make a difference.

Art and Viv have built a legacy of love, commitment, integrity and joy.  They have 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and have touched innumerable lives with their kindness and warmth.  The greatest pleasure for the kids and family is to watch grandma and grandpa dance.  This Tribute is to an eternal, once in a lifetime love story that will touch generations to come.

Open Door Senior Fellowship of Calgary was incorporated in 1978 and is a registered charity.

Their mission is to provide a drop-in facility that will contribute to the independence and well-being of senior citizens through the provision of social, recreational and educational programs and to provide outreach services to its members and to the community at large.

Open Door Senior Fellowship of Calgary’s goals are to provide outreach programs of encouragement and to give non-professional caring support to seniors and to provide a seniors’ centre for recreation, socialization and entertainment.

They strive to generally improve the well-being of seniors and also to provide a seniors centre that is organized for learning new skills and an appreciation of the arts.

This Tribute will take the shape of a $5,000 bursary in the name of Art & Viv Meyer to the Open Door Seniors Center which they have tirelessly dedicated their time and energy to create an environment for the elderly to be able to come and relax, socialize and spend some time at no cost.


Pat Quinn

Former NHL hockey player, coach and general manager in the NHL and internationally, Pat Quinn believed in community. He will always be remembered fondly by Canuck Place Children’s Hospice for his positive impact on children and families.

Pat Quinn had a knack for assessing talent and bringing people together to create a winning team. The legendary coach captured three gold medals to prove it – one from leading the Canadian men’s hockey team to Olympic gold in 2002, one from the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and with Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.

His passion for leadership extended beyond the game of hockey to investing and giving back to the community. Quinn played a significant role for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

Quinn was a player, coach, and general manager in the NHL, as well as in the international sports scene. He had a long history with the National Hockey League, starting as a player and then transitioning to coaching and general manger roles. Quinn was a standout defenceman who played for three teams – Toronto, Vancouver, and Atlanta. After his playing career was over, Quinn moved behind the bench when Philadelphia gave him his first coaching job.

In 1980, he won the coveted Jack Adams Award, which is annually given to the NHL’s top coach. Quinn also coached briefly in Los Angeles before spending 11 years as coach and general manager for the Vancouver Canucks.

The Toronto Maple Leafs made Quinn their head coach in 1998 and he spent six seasons with the team, including four years with both coaching and general manager duties. During his tenure, Toronto advanced as far as the second round of the NHL playoffs five times, and twice to the Eastern Conference final.

Quinn found success on and off the ice and in supporting children and families in need. Commitment to community is an important value that Quinn inflected into the culture of organizations he led and the players he mentored.

This year we pay tribute to Pat Quinn a true legend in the hockey world and a difference maker in the lives of BC’s children and families.

The Pat Quinn Tribute Series will support Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH). CPCH is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider. Over 560 newborns, children and teens with life-threatening illnesses and their families receive clinical care and support through programs at CPCH. Through the investment of the BC community, CPCH makes a lasting difference in the lives of children and the families who love them.

More information on CPCH can be found at


Kelly Hrudey

In 2012 we pay tribute to CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, Kelly Hrudey. The Gemini Award-winning analyst moved from the studio to the broadcast booth in 2012-2013 season for the Saturday night Prime West game each week. Hrudey also joins host Scott Oake for the post-game show, After Hours.

A popular and knowledgeable hockey commentator, Hrudey became a full-time hockey analyst with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada during the 1998-99 NHL season, after providing stellar commentary during the previous four playoff seasons with host MacLean. In 2007, Hrudey was recognized for his work on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada with his first Gemini Award in the Best Studio Analyst category.

In February 2006, Hrudey worked as an analyst for CBC’s broadcast of TORINO 2006 – THE OLYMPIC GAMES, marking his second Olympic broadcast experience.

Hrudey strapped on the pads with the Calgary Flames in the Fall of 2001 for Basic Training – a feature on the Flames training camp that aired as part of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada pre-game show during the first five weeks of the regular season. It provided fans with a rare glimpse of what players, rookies and veterans alike experience en route to hopefully making an NHL squad.

During his 15-year NHL career as a goalie with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, the former Medicine Hat Tiger compiled a record of 271-265-88, with a goals against average of 3.43 and 16 shutouts.

This Tribute will take the shape of a 5 year, $1,000 annual bursary which will be donated to a charity or organization of Kelly Hrudey’s choice.


Winnifred Mary Stewart

Mrs. Winnifred Mary Stewart was a very determined woman who had a son named Parker, born with a development disability. She wanted to give her son every possible chance to grow and develop to his full potential, but she encountered obstacles and resistance from a society that, at the time, felt children like Parker were lost causes. Winnifred strongly believed that people with development disabilities had more to offer to society than society was prepared to offer them – a revolutionary thought at that time. Along with a small group of parents, Winnifred started the Edmonton Association for the Mentally Handicapped and the Winnifred Stewart School, which was the first of it’s kind in Canada. At it’s peak, the school served over 450 students, until 1982 when children with disabilities were integrated into the regular school system.

Today, Winnifret Stewart Association (WSA) carries on the legacy started by Winnifred, and the spirit of it’s remarkable namesake continues to live through the organization. WSA has come a long way from its early days as a school, and it continues to build on Winnifred’s work of helping people with developmental disabilities. More than 200 people are currently involved in the Winnifred Stewart Association’s residential, community recreation, and volunteerism and employment support programs.

This Tribute will take the shape of a 5 year, $1,000 annual Bursary which will be presented to a student in the Disabilities Studies Program at MacEwan University in Edmonton by Winnifred Stewart as provided by Meyer Family Vineyards.


Sonja Gaudet

Born and raised in BC, Sonja currently resides in Vernon, in the Okanagan Valley, with her husband Don and their two teenagers, Alysha and Colten. Sports and being active has always played an important part in Sonja’s life but a horse accident fourteen years ago resulted in a complete spinal cord injury. Sonja quickly embraced the concept of Paralympism: aspiring to achieve your full potential through sport, whatever form life’s challenges may take. Immersing herself in an active lifestyle, Sonja learned how to ski, play basketball and tennis, bike, swim, and do many other things that she loved to do before. Then in 2003 Sonja was introduced to the sport of Wheelchair Curling.

Since then Sonja Gaudet has gone on to represent Canada internationally, competing and training as an athlete on the Canadian Curling Associations’ National Wheelchair Curling Team. She is a Bronze, Silver and Gold National Champion, a Two-time World Champion in 2009 & 2011 and Two-time Paralympic Games Gold Medalist in Torino 2006 and Vancouver/Whistler 2012.

Sonja is an integral part of the Paralympic Movement and works to bring much needed attention and awareness to the Paralympic Games and the athletes. She passionately encourages other to strive for excellence in their own lives and to believe that giving up is NOT an option! Her personal motto, ‘Always believe in yourself’, supports others to understand that abilities can be enhanced, disabilities overcome and life fulfilled.

Meyer Family Vineyards is proud to honour this outstanding athlete and Canadian for this year’s Tribute to Excellence. Sonja has directed the Tribute to be awarded to a high-school graduating student from Vernon’s School District #22 who, regardless of the challenges in their own life, continues to strive for excellence and role models that giving up is not an option.


Kenny McLean

Kenny McLean was born May 17, 1939 in Penticton and resided in Okanagan Falls. He started breaking colts for his dad when he was just 12 years old and went on to rodeo competitions at the age of 17. He joined the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association (now the C.P.R.A.) in 1959, and in his first year of professional rodeo competition, won the first of his record three consecutive Canadian Saddle Bronc Championships. In 1961, he was named Rookie-of-the-Year in the United States, and in 1962, McLean rode his way to the World Saddle Bronc title.
He later won two more Canadian Bronc riding titles in 1968 and 1969.

McLean was the Canadian All-Around champion in 1967 through 1969, and again in 1972, the year he also won the Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling titles and was runner-up in the Saddle Bronc event. The BC cowboy also earned the High Point award in 1967 and 1968, and still holds the Canadian record for most major championships – 14. He was the first recipient of the Bill Linderman Award which goes to rodeo’s finest all-around contestants, who qualify by winning at least $1,000 in each of three events including a roughstock and timed event.

Kenny McLean was inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame and was the only rodeo cowboy to be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. He also received Canada’s’ highest honor, the Order of Canada, again the only cowboy to receive such an honor. He was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City where he was selected by the RHS Board of Directors to receive the 2005 Directors Choice Award.

During his life Kenny McLean sponsored and ran rodeo schools, particularly for the young, training many future champions and many champions returned time after time to improve their skills at the sport. He encouraged young competitor’s right up until he passed away on July 13, 2002. He died of a heart attack while on horseback at the National Senior Pro Rodeo at Taber, Alberta, 63 years and 60 days from the day he was born on a ranch near Okanagan Falls, British Columbia.
Nearly eight years after his final ride, Canadian Rodeo legend Kenny McLean was back in the saddle again. A life sized bronze statue of McLean on the great bucking horse Warpaint was unveiled in his home town of Okanagan Falls May 8, 2010 in Centennial Park

Kenny McLean’s family has directed the Meyer Family Vineyards donation of $5000 be awarded to a BC High School Rodeo Scholarship to support young rodeo riders.

Kenny McLean photo compliments of “Okanagan Archive Trust Society”


Steve Yzerman

This year we pay tribute to Steve Yzerman, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, three time Stanley Cup winner, Olympic Gold medalist, the longest serving Captain in major league sports history and the Executive Director of Canada’s National Men’s Hockey Team for the 2010 Olympic Winter games.

Steve has directed the donation of $5000 from Meyer Family vineyards to the Cranbrook Minor Hockey league where he got his start to support “Cranbrook Minor Hockey Association Let a Kid Play Fund”. Like our Tribute Series Chardonnay, Steve exemplifies the very spirit of excellence.


Bill Reid

The 2007 Tribute honours Bill Reid for his extraordinary contribution in restoring much of the dynamic power, magic and possibility to Haida art. In his honour, the Meyer Family will donate $5,000 to the Bill Reid Foundation established in 1999 after his death to preserve his art and perpetuate his legacies.

Bill Reid 1981 Goldsmith, sculptor, and author, Bill Reid (1920-1998) was born of a Haida mother of the Wolf clan of the Raven moiety of Tanu and a Scottish-German North American father. Regarded as one of Canada’s most influential artists of the 20th century, he embraced many art forms over his fifty-year-long career (1948-1998). Two powerful artistic traditions flourished in Bill Reid’s work: that of the Haida and that of his Euro-Canadian heritage.

It is this harmonious fusion of the two worlds, traditional Haida artistic conventions with those of Western modernism that created his own unique style and the expansion of boundries that, in the process, restored much of the dynamic power, magic, and possibility to Haida art.

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Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

The 2006 vintage paid tribute to Emily Carr, one of the greatest western Canadian artists and as such, commemorated the launch of our first vintage in February of 2008 at a reception at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. The reception showcased 15 finalists of the Meyer Family Vineyard painting competition.

Over 80 submissions were received and $5000 cash awards were dispersed to five deserving, emerging artists who were selected by a distinguished jury.

The works submitted for the competition were shown during a special exhibition at Emily Carr Gallery from February 12-16, 2008. The top three entries shared in a prize of $5000 which was announced in mid February 2008.

The finalists were Nayeob Kim and Jay Gazley.  Honourable mentions were awarded to Chun Hua Catherine Dong and Chad Durnford.