2017 BC Community Achievers Honoured
Twenty British Columbians were honoured today at the fourteenth annual British Columbia Community Achievement Awards’ presentation ceremony held at Government House in Victoria.
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. Scott McIntyre, CM, Foundation Chair, hosted the presentation ceremony.
“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 McIntyre. “Their stories highlight the remarkable diversity of our province and the potential of each and every individual to truly make a difference.”
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.
An independent committee selects the recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. The 2017 selection committee members are Mayor Jack Froese of the Township of Langley, Mayor Carol Leclerc of the City of Terrace and past recipients, Sue Bauman of Vancouver, Raghwa Gopal of Kelowna and David Young of Vancouver.