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2018 Civic Awards
2018 Civic Awards
Excellence in Community Spirit: Dave and Bev Winters
Dave and Bev have hosted an open house for the past 10 years as a fundraiser for the local foodbank. Dave sets up the Christmas Village housed in the Peachland Visitors Centre and the pair decorate up to 13 trees, each with its own theme. Bev and Dave’s basement is the home of the "Winter Family” Railroad.
Excellence in Volunteerism: John & Betty McNicholl
Relatively new to Peachland, Betty and John have already created an impact through their fundraising efforts. Along with assisting in the World of Wheels Beer Gardens they secured over $10,000 in funding to support Legion projects such as kitchen updates, software for the office, a roof and more!
Excellence in Community Building: Sarsons Family
The entire family – Ernie Sr., Linda, Leanne and Ernie Jr. work tirelessly with the Peachland Ambassadors program. They have been involved since 2012. Advocates for youth development they promote Peachland beyond our boundaries and support numerous organizations and events year round.
Excellence in the Arts: Art Gallery Volunteers
Running at 65 volunteers strong, over 6000 hours were contributed in 2018. The volunteers create art exhibits, handle ticket sales, hang art and so much more. The volunteers are there to support the visitor’s experience as well as many administrative duties.
Excellence in Community Inclusion: Len Nuttall
Len is a reliable and compassionate transportation driver. He has dedicated over 275 volunteer hours himself.
Excellence in Outdoor Recreation: Chris King and Dave Oakley
Establishing the Peachland Outdoors Club, Chris and Dave have also worked tirelessly to develop the Gladstone Trail. They navigated provincial permitting and construction guidelines. Chris and Dave assisted the Visitors Centre with mapping all local trails for inclusion in the Visitors Guide. They are both involved in ongoing trail maintenance and support of the various local trials.
Excellence in Leadership : Eldon Kerbes
As President of the Peachland Pier group Eldon was fully involved in the project. He minimized his other numerous commitments to dedicate his time to the Pier. Assisting his team, they achieved significant fundraising, which many saw as astronomical.
Unsung Hero: Wendy Takenaka
Wendy has been a reliable behind the scenes volunteer for over 10 years! Actively volunteering with the Peachland Ambassadors, Peachland Recreation and at her Church. Wendy can be found year round with the Ambassadors supporting a variety of community events. Wendy is an inspiration to a new generation of volunteers.
Youth Citizen of the Year: Jordan Craig
Jordan Craig is a Junior Firefighter with Peachland Fire and Rescue and has assisted the community during flooding and fire. He volunteers at local community events such as the Rubber Ducky Race, Canada Day and the brigade Christmas Caroling. He helps with the annual ice rink and in cleaning the attic for BEEPS (Bat Education and Ecological Protection Society).
Citizen of the Year: Judy Bedford
Judy has held this honour once before in 1994. She has contributed for the past 25 years! Judy successfully applied for a $100,000 grand from Food Banks BC to be used for commercial refrigeration, freezer units, stainless steel tables and a refrigerated truck to increase the ability to collect and deliver fresh produce and supplies. She supports the food bank’s many initiatives, including food collection and distribution. Judy is there to provide workshops to show people how to cook the food they receive. Judy even finds time to support the collection of Christmas hamper items for the Angel Tree program.
Green Citizen of the Year: Rick Ingram
Rick participates in local environmental events and is a member of a green organization. He drives an electric car, but uses public transportation as much as possible. Rick’s home is powered by solar energy and has LED lighting, attaining a Zero Carbon rating as result of solar power.
Mayor’s Award of Merit: Sharon Halberg
Councillors’ Award of Merit: Vince Boyko