Community Award 2021 – Creating impact at home

This week BC Achievement announced the 25 recipients of the 2021 Community Award. The Award program recognizes and celebrates the contributions of extraordinary British Columbians who build better, stronger, more resilient communities and shine as examples of dedication and service.  

Details on each of the newly minted awardees can be found at 

These individuals have made contributions through their volunteer or professional work and many of them are unsung heroes who don’t seek the limelight, and who accept the award with utmost humility. They are remarkable British Columbians who have been serving their communities tirelessly, working quietly behind the scenes, or leading initiatives with gusto. Each one of them deserves the Award and we are honoured to shine a light on their accomplishments. 

“This year’s recipients exemplify the spirit of the Community Award. Celebrating their achievements honours the very best of our province and inspires us all to public service and excellence.” Anne Giardini, BC Achievement Board Chair. 

Currently in its 18th year, the Community Award serves to uplift excellence and inspire others to be of service, to lead and to create an impact in this province we call home. Last year’s awardee, Andrea Walsh, put it this way, “Acknowledging community service allows us to demonstrate the many ways that British Columbians work together to strengthen our relationships across diverse cultures, economic predicaments, and geographic regions, in ways that matter to the lives of individuals in our province…such acknowledgement supports work being done in the present, but it also inspires our futures.” 

The recipients of the 2021 Community Award are: 

Amber Anderson C.C.C., Vancouver 
Harbhajan Singh Athwal, New Westminster 
Ann Blaauw, Langley 
Doug Chinnery, Hornby Island 
James Robert (Bob) Coates, Victoria 
Kal Dosanjh, Surrey 
Norah Flaherty, Vancouver 
Dr. Balbir Gurm, Surrey 
Yúya’ainux̌v Anita Hall, Bella Bella 
John & Joyce Henderson, Salmon Arm 
Teresa Kazemir, Port Coquitlam 
Zeba Khan, Vancouver 
Angelika & Peter Langen, Smithers 
Dr. Christine Loock, North Vancouver 
Lil Mack, Williams Lake 
Pulchérie Nketsap Mboussi, Victoria 
Jack McGee, West Vancouver 
Elaine Monds, Victoria 
Marcia Nozick, Vancouver 
Nirmal Parmar, Terrace 
Dr. Jane Jae Kyung Shin, Port Coquitlam 
Lurana Kikuko Tasaka, Vancouver 
Rosemary Thomson, Kelowna 
Linda Williams, Sechelt 
Cheryl Young, Aldergrove 

BC Achievement: Elevate Excellence. Share Success. Inspire Change.  

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