Two decades of celebrating the spirit of excellence in our province: 1000 British Columbians and counting!  

For two decades, the British Columbia Achievement Foundation has celebrated the spirit of excellence in our province, honouring outstanding citizens from across British Columbia. With relationships spanning community leaders, Indigenous businesses, First Nations artists, applied artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and supporting organizations, BC Achievement showcases the best of our province. These individuals contribute to stronger communities through their art practices, business practices, reconciliation efforts and community advocacy. As we commemorate our 20th anniversary, we are privileged to shine a light on our diverse and talented alumni who lead the way. 

Over the years, the foundation has uplifted and shared the stories of over 1,000 alumni who have paved the way forward through their achievements. These achievements embody strength, courage, and skill, inspiring others to follow suit and fostering stronger and more engaged communities. 

Recently, I had the honour of serving as the Director of Ceremonies at the 20th annual Community Award Presentation Ceremony at Government House. In the presence of the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, we celebrated the exceptional 2023 Community Program awardees. Each of these individuals serves as an example of leadership, dedication, and selflessness, forming a constellation of exceptional talents united in brilliance. This year’s ceremony showcased the remarkable contributions of individuals from across our province, aligning with the mission of the BC Achievement Foundation to elevate excellence and inspire achievement among all British Columbians. 

At the ceremony, I was pleased to announce a new category of the Community Award program: The Emerging Leader Award designation, set to launch in 2024. Recognizing the importance of youth achievements in shaping our future, we must support and encourage them every step of the way. The Emerging Leader Award will provide a platform for the next generation of leaders to showcase their skills, share their stories, and inspire change. We are excited to embark on this new initiative. 

Join the movement by nominating worthy candidates, celebrating our outstanding awardees, and in doing so, build a better British Columbia. Together we can strengthen our commitment to elevating stories of excellence and inspiring change by supporting all five of BC Achievement’s programs. 

By sharing the stories of inspiring British Columbians, BC Achievement illuminates transformative work, enabling others to follow their examples and create meaningful change in their communities. Here’s to the future! 

By Walter Pela, BC Achievement Board Chair 

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

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