Kelowna local recognized

Garry Benson of Kelowna was honoured today at the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards

Kelowna local recognized

Twenty-one British Columbians, including Garry Benson of Kelowna, were honoured today at the 14th annual British Columbia Community Achievement Awards’ presentation ceremony held at Government House in Victoria.

“British Columbia is built on the strength of its communities, and that strength is rooted in the spirit, ideas and passion of the people recognized today,” said CM Foundation chair Scott McIntyre. “Their stories highlight the remarkable diversity of our province and the potential of each and every individual to truly make a difference.”

The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia along with BC Achievement Foundation Board members, Robert Louie, OC and Christopher Gaze, OBC presented each recipient with a BC Community Achievement Award certificate, medallion and citation. McIntyre hosted the presentation ceremony.

The BC Achievement Foundation introduced the inaugural Mitchell Award at the 2017 ceremony, which will be given annually to one of the BC Community Achievement Award recipients.

Named in honour of Keith Mitchell, QC, past Chair of the Foundation and its guiding light for over 13 years, the award recognizes leadership that empowers others to engage. The 2017 Mitchell Award was presented to George Laverock.

A list of the recipients follows and a brief summary of their achievements can be found on the foundation’s website.

The recipients honoured at the 2017 ceremony are:

Roger Bird, Nanaimo

Melanie Cadden, Nanaimo

Daphne Cole, Vancouver

Ravneet Dhaliwal, Surrey (2016)

Dorothy Durham, Jaffray

Sardul S. Gill, Victoria

Joanne Greenwood, Coquitlam

Gerry Juzenas, Burnaby

George Laverock, Vancouver

Krista Levar, Prince George

Tony Moore, Terrace

Dalvir Nahal, Vernon

Dr. Ralph Nilson, Nanaimo

Walter Paetkau, Abbotsford

Fred Robbins, Alkali Lake

Birgit Sharman, Tumbler Ridge

Barbara Stewart, Vancouver

Carol Todd, Port Coquitlam

Lin Wei (Henry) Tung, Sardis

Master Lian Tzi, Vancouver