The finalists have been announced for the 38th annaul City of Kelowna Civic and Community Awards.
The awards recognize the achievements of volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders for 17 awards in 12 different categories.
“We are pleased with the exceptional nominations received in each of our award categories this year,” said Jim Gabriel, director of recreation and cultural services for the city.
“Kelowna is a great place to live not only because of our surroundings but more so because of the people who live and work in this community. The awards capture how inspired we are as a community and highlight our residents, businesses and organizations that have made a significant difference by enhancing the lives of others and making our city a better place to live.”
New for the 2012 awards is the addition of the Champion for the Environment category, which will be awarded to an individual (youth or adult) and a Kelowna business whose actions and achievements have shown outstanding environmental leadership or innovative environmental contributions.
The 2012 award finalists are:
Fred Macklin – Man of the Year
Sarah Donalda-Treadgold – Women of the Year
Young Male of the Year
Young Female of the Year
Central Okanagan Foundation – Volunteer Organization of the Year
Karis Support Society
Kelowna Christian School
Kelowna Community Foodbank
Corporate Community of the Year Award
Small /Medium Business
Illuminate Skin Care and Esthetics
Loyal Hair Therapy
Interior Savings Credit Union
Rona Home and Garden
Valley First Credit Union
Honour in the Arts
Teen Honour in the Arts
Female Augie Ciancone Memorial
Male Augie Ciancone Memorial
Bryan Couling Memorial
Okanagan Athletics, Senior Baseball Team
OKM, Senior Boys Soccer Team
UBCO Heat, Women’s Golf Team
Bob Giordano Memorial
Male Athlete of the year Paul Duffield
Rostam Turner Female Athlete of the Year
Champion for the Environment
Best Western Plus
Holiday Park Resort
The award winners will be unveiled at an awards gala ceremony at Kelowna Community Theatre on May 1.
Tickets will be available March 11 at a cost of $25/person. To purchase tickets, please contact the Cultural Services office at 250-469-8811.
For more information, visit kelowna.ca/residents.