Former Kelowna mayor honoured by United Way

Sharon Shepherd named recipient of 2012 Mel & Dina Kotler Humanitarian Award.

Former Kelowna mayor Sharon Shepherd has been named winner of the 2012 United Way Mel & Dina Kotler Humanitarian Award.

“It is with great pleasure and special honour that I have been chosen as the recipient of the Kotler Humanitarian Award. This is very meaningful and I believe comes with a commitment to carry on working hard on behalf of those in need in our community,” Shepherd said.

“I have always been supportive of the great work done by the United Way that touches so many agencies and therefore many lives in our city and region. The Kotlers’ leadership and very high bar for involvement will live with me forever.”

The Dinner of Distinction held to present the award takes place Nov. 15 at the Coast Capri Hotel.  This event is a key part of the United Way annual fundraising campaign and is held to acknowledge those that give back to our community.

“We are very fortunate to have such wonderful and socially conscious people in our community.  We are thrilled to announce that Sharon has been nominated and has accepted this acknowledgement of her efforts”, said Paul Demay, honourary chair and recipient of the 2012 United Way distinction award.

“Sharon has truly had her heart in this community and due to her advocacy and true humanitarian efforts, there are many initiatives that have been successful and make us a stronger community.”

Tickets for the banquet are available through the United Way office at 202-1456 St. Paul Street, by calling 250-860-2356, or visit

Kelowna Capital News