BC Community Achievers Recognized

April 23, 2008

VANCOUVER - Forty-five British Columbians representing 27 communities throughout the province were honoured today at the fifth annual BC Community Achievement Awards ceremony held at Government House in Victoria.

Lieutenant Governor Stephen Point and Premier Gordon Campbell presented each recipient with a medallion designed by B.C. artist Robert Davidson on behalf of the BC Achievement Foundation.

"The BC Community Achievement Awards recognize people from across our province who enrich the lives of others, give freely of their time and energy, and who embody the spirit of and passion of our communities," said Premier Campbell. "Through their actions, they demonstrate the power of one person to make a positive impact on an entire community, and an entire province. It is an honour to recognize their achievements and celebrate their contributions towards making British Columbia the best place on Earth."

"This year's recipients demonstrate that British Columbians are making a difference in every area of our province," said foundation chair Keith Mitchell. "Whether they live in smaller communities such as New Hazelton and Tofino or the major centres like Victoria, Cranbrook and the Lower Mainland, they have found ways making each of their communities a better place to live."

The recipients are:
  • Douglas Adair of Mission
  • Jennifer Atchison of Burnaby
  • Gordon Barrett of North Vancouver
  • John Bergbusch of Esquimalt
  • Jo Berry of Kamloops
  • May Brown of Vancouver
  • Judy Caldwell of Vancouver
  • Ken Campbell of Kelowna
  • Peggy Chute of Lytton
  • James Coyle of Cranbrook
  • Evelyn Cutts of Fernie
  • Tammy Dao of Vancouver
  • Salina Dharamsi of Vancouver
  • Jack Farley of West Vancouver
  • Ella Fraser of Fort St. John
  • Anna Fung of Vancouver
  • Mohindar Gill of Surrey
  • Theresa Gladue of Dawson Creek
  • Pam Glass of Surrey
  • Bill Hubbs of Granthams Landing
  • Terry Hunter & Savannah Walling of Vancouver
  • Dixie Jacobson of Langley
  • Diana Johnstone of Nanaimo
  • Yukman Lai of Burnaby
  • Tom Malone of Surrey
  • Paul McDonell of Burnaby
  • Melanie McKenzie of Victoria
  • Lynn Newbery of New Hazelton
  • James Chi Ming Pau of Vancouver
  • Lilo Petermann of Vancouver
  • Jude Platzer of Vancouver
  • George Puil of Vancouver
  • Brenda Reid-Kuecks of Tofino
  • Daryle Roberts of Kelowna
  • Ben Roy of Cache Creek
  • Leo Sabulsky of Chetwynd
  • Ron Silver of Quesnel
  • Naomi Singer of Vancouver
  • Arthur Skipsey of Qualicum Beach
  • Rob Sleath of Richmond
  • Madhu Varshney of Vancouver
  • Garry Wall of Chilliwack
  • Vanessa West of Prince George
  • Todd Wong of North Vancouver

An independent advisory council selects the recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. The 2008 advisory council members are Kurt Alberts, mayor of Langley Township; Terry Lake, mayor of Kamloops; past Community Achievement Awards recipients Grace Wong of Vancouver and Sandra Heydon of Chemainus and Marcia Smith, managing partner of National Public Relations, Vancouver.

The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed by the Province to recognize and celebrate B.C.'s spirit of excellence. The Community Achievement Awards, launched in 2003, were the first initiative of the foundation, followed by the launch in 2004 of the Creative Achievement Awards recognizing outstanding work in the field of applied art and design, the BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, recognizing national literary excellence, the Creative Achievement Awards for Aboriginal Art recognizing Aboriginal artists affiliated with B.C. First Nations, and Time to Read, an award initiated for 2007 for early literacy.


A list of BC Community Achievement Award recipients and a summary of their achievements is posted on the foundation's website at www.bcachievement.com.

Contact: Nora Newlands
British Columbia Achievement Foundation
604-261-977 or 1-866-882-6088

Contact: Bridgitte Anderson
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier

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