2013 BC Community Achievers Announced

February 18, 2013

VANCOUVER – Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, today named this year’s recipients of the B.C. Community Achievement Awards.

“Communities are built by people who step up to the plate and contribute,” said Premier Christy Clark. “On behalf of all British Columbians, I would like to thank and congratulate the outstanding individuals named today for their contributions. British Columbia’s biggest strength is people like them.”

“The community achievement awards honour individuals who have made a significant contribution either as volunteers or in the course of their work,” said Mitchell. “We’re privileged to showcase and celebrate the contributions of these exceptional British Columbians.”

The recipients of the 2013 awards are:
Dr. Jeannette Armstrong of Penticton
Patricia Blair of Victoria
Helen Boyd of Comox
Mel Coulson of Quick
Douglas Crow of Victoria
John De Forest of Surrey
Mary Forbes of Williams Lake
Jean Gelwicks of Salt Spring Island
Afraj Gill of Surrey
Leonora Gregory-Collura of Gibsons
Kathy Holmes of Ladysmith
Maggie and Kelly Ip of Vancouver
Mike Jang of Vancouver
Ingrid Jeffrey of Coquitlam
Margo Kane of Vancouver
Susan Lane of White Rock
Chief Jason Louie of Creston
Tom Lymbery of Gray Creek
Phyllis MacPherson of Lake Country
Amrit Maharaj of Vancouver
Kelly Mann of Victoria
Dr. James McEwen of Vancouver
Lennette McLean of Dease Lake
John McQuade of Delta
Brianne Moore of Kelowna
Libby Nelson of Fruitvale
Janet Renquist of Prince George
Sherri Robinson of Esquimalt
Aminollah Sabzevari of North Vancouver
Donald Shumka of Vancouver
Marnie Simon of Pemberton
Karen Stacey of Vancouver
Andrea Thomas Hill of Vancouver
Catherine Van Alstine of West Vancouver
Sing Lim Yeo of Vancouver

An independent advisory council selects the recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. This year’s council members are Mayor Mike Clay of Port Moody, Mayor Shari Green of Prince George, and past recipients Don Montgomery of Richmond (2009), Joyce Carlson of Powell River (2009) and Jane Frost of Vancouver (2006).

The recipients of the 2013 British Columbia Community Achievement Awards will be recognized in a formal presentation at Government House in Victoria on March 14, 2013. Each will receive a certificate and a medallion designed by B.C. artist Robert Davidson.

The British Columbia Community Achievement Awards are generously sponsored by Postmedia Network, publishers of The Vancouver Sun and The Province.

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.

A backgrounder is available.


Mike Morton
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 588-8380

Nora Newlands
Executive Director
BC Achievement Foundation
604 618-6949

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