BC Achievement Foundation

BC Achievement Foundation

May 25, 2016 19:30 ET

32 BC Community Achievers Honoured With Community Awards

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 25, 2016) - Thirty-two British Columbians were honoured today at the thirteenth annual British Columbia Community Achievement Awards ceremony held at Government House in Victoria.

Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development presented each recipient with a BC Community Achievement Award medallion and certificate. Keith Mitchell, QC represented the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, the award's presenting organization.

"Each one of the award recipients honoured today has made a lasting contribution to their communities and represents the best of British Columbia," said Minister Fassbender. "Their example teaches us what can be accomplished if we work together and their contributions and leadership inspire us all. It is a privilege to recognize their achievements."

"Today's honourees demonstrate that British Columbians are making a difference in every corner of our province," said Mr. Mitchell. "They exemplify what it is to go above and beyond; to do what needs to be done and to give without question their time and energy for the betterment of their communities."

A list of the recipients follows and a brief summary of their achievements can be found on the foundation's website at: www.bcachievement.com

The recipients honoured at the 2016 ceremony are:

  • George Akwasi Gyabaah Anderson of Nanaimo
  • Kathleen Barnard of North Vancouver
  • Thomas A. Budd of Kelowna (2015)
  • Haji Charania of Victoria
  • Kamal Dhillon of Langley
  • Thomas Dielissen of Prince George
  • Brian Downie of Terrace
  • Judy Fainstein of Victoria
  • Robin Fennell of Clinton
  • Thor Froslev of Brackendale
  • Karen Gilmore of Vancouver
  • Raghwa Gopal of Kelowna
  • John Hatchett of Sun Peaks
  • Donald H.E. Hubbard of Nanaimo
  • Barbara Hulme of Victoria
  • Donald James, CM of Powell River
  • Anjali Katta, Vancouver (2015)
  • Jim Kincaid of Tumbler Ridge
  • Donna Macdonald of Nelson (2015)
  • "OysterJim" Martin & Barbara Schramm of Ucluelet
  • Ceilidh Millar of New Westminster
  • Dr. Eliza Olson of Delta
  • Dr. Bernadette Pauly of Victoria
  • John Pavelich of Enderby
  • Henry Pejril of Kamloops
  • Ruth Peterson of 100 Mile House
  • Alex Sangha of Surrey
  • Dr. Harold (Hal) Siden of Vancouver
  • Shelagh Turner of Kelowna
  • David Young of Vancouver
  • Dr. Jay Yule of Powell River

An independent committee selects the recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. The 2016 selection committee members are Mayor Henry Braun of the City of Abbotsford, Mayor Carol Leclerc of the City of Terrace and past recipients, Victoria Dobbyn of Roberts Creek, Daphne Goode of Victoria and Christopher Seguin of Kamloops.

The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed by the province of B.C. to celebrate excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service. Launched in 2003, the awards were the first initiative of the foundation, followed by the B.C. Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design, B.C.'s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the B.C. Creative Achievement Award for First Nations' Art, and the B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards.

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