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NEWS RELEASE · 16th March 2010
Office of the Premier
Forty-five outstanding British Columbians were today named the recipients of the seventh annual BC Community Achievement Awards by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation.

One of the award recipients was local resident Jane Dickson. Since 1986, Jane Dickson has been a member of the Terrace and District Multicultural Association, an organization established to create and foster an inclusive and welcoming community. Jane is vice chair of the Skeena Diversity Society and also serves as secretary of the Terrace Art Gallery. For over 20 years, Jane has supported Terrace Women and Development supporting projects for women and families in developing countries

"Together, British Columbians have built a stronger province and we gather confidence from those who have consistently and honourably created safe and caring communities," said Premier Campbell. "I applaud the outstanding contribution these individuals have made to regions throughout British Columbia and their commitment to making our province the best place on earth."

"The initiative, impact and inspiration to others demonstrated by this year's award recipients warrants public affirmation," added Mitchell. "We're privileged to showcase and celebrate the contributions of these exceptional British Columbians.":

An independent advisory council selects the recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. The 2010 advisory council members are Mayor Scott Manjak, City of Cranbrook; Mayor Frank Leonard, City of Saanich; George Puil of Vancouver (2008 recipient); Kim Capri of Vancouver and Tung Chan of Vancouver.

The recipients of the 2010 British Columbia Community Achievement Awards will be recognized in a formal presentation at Government House in Victoria on April 28, 2010. Each individual will receive a certificate and a medallion designed by B.C. artist Robert Davidson.

The British Columbia Community Achievement Awards are generously sponsored by Canwest, Canada's leading international media company, whose presence in B.C. includes daily and community newspapers, online media and television stations.

The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed by the Province of BC to recognize and celebrate excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service. The Community Achievement Awards, launched in 2003, were the first initiative of the foundation, followed by BC Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design, B.C.'s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art, and the B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards.


Cecilia Benoit, Victoria
Dr. Cecilia Benoit, scientist at the Centre for Addictions Research of BC and a professor of sociology at the University of Victoria, has improved the content and delivery of programs for people in her community who are outside the mainstream. Dr. Benoit's research with at-risk youth, pregnant women with substance use issues and sex workers has found widespread application and benefits.

Alan Boyd, Lone Butte
Alan Boyd is a committed community leader and volunteer in the South Cariboo with a special focus on healthcare. He served on the 100 Mile District Hospital Society, the South Cariboo Health Council and as chair of Cariboo Health where he was instrumental in facilitating the construction of the South Cariboo Health Centre.

Gary Brown, Nanoose Bay
Gary Brown is the co-founder and artistic director of the Bard to Broadway Theatre Society, a summer repertory theatre company in Parksville that engages residents, the business community and visitors in its five annual productions. It is through Gary's determined efforts that the theatre has reached its tenth anniversary with almost 100,000 theatre-goers having enjoyed the performances.

Alan Chell, Revelstoke
Alan Chell is an outstanding leader, facilitator, motivator and volunteer in the City of Revelstoke. As the longtime director of parks and recreation and a dedicated volunteer, he has been instrumental in coordinating community, sporting and cultural events. Alan serves on the Revelstoke Board of Education as a trustee and chairperson.

Jeff Clark & Miles Ritchie, Burnaby
Burnaby firefighters Jeff Clark and Miles Ritchie spearheaded the successful bid to host the 2009 World Police & Fire Games in the Greater Vancouver region. It was their vision, determination and hard work that secured these Games bringing over 10,000 athletes from 56 countries to participate in 64 sporting events.

Trevor Day, Kelowna
Trevor Day is the longest-serving volunteer of the Kelowna Branch of St. John Ambulance having served 25 years as a member of its medical first response team. Trevor's enthusiasm and knowledge assist not only his colleagues but also his community. Trevor was an active volunteer during the Kelowna fires of 2003 and 2009.

Jane Dickson, Terrace
Since 1986, Jane Dickson has been a member of the Terrace and District Multicultural Association, an organization established to create and foster an inclusive and welcoming community. Jane is vice-chair of the Skeena Diversity Society and also serves as secretary of the Terrace Art Gallery. For over 20 years, Jane has supported Terrace Women and Development supporting projects for women and families in developing countries.

Edgar Dunning, Delta
For decades, Edgar Dunning has served his community of Ladner and Delta. From his days as a reporter, editor and owner of the Delta Optimist to his co-founding of the local Kinsmen organization and community band to his interest in the preservation of Delta history and as a director of the Burns Bog Conservation Society, Edgar has been central to the community life of Delta.

Mary Anne Eli, Westbank
Mary Anne Eli, a respected elder of the Westbank First Nation, inspires her community with her social activism, her belief in the value of education and her pride in her language and culture. Mary Anne was a founding member of the Kelowna Friendship Society, Westbank Child Development Centre, Pine Acres Care Facility and Westbank First Nation Government.

Yuri Fulmer, West Vancouver
Yuri Fulmer is an active volunteer and community board member sharing his business expertise and passion for others in such organizations as the United Way of the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver, the Vancouver Opera, and the Surrey Food Bank.

Charan Gill, Surrey
An outstanding community builder in multiculturalism, Charan Gill is founder and CEO of the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society. Charan is an advocate for newcomers, immigrants, farm workers, youth, women and the homeless. He is responsible for the establishment of Guru Nanak Niwas, an innovative seniors housing and assisted living facility in Surrey.

Virginia Greene, Vancouver
Virginia Greene is a leader who inspires by her example whether in a volunteer or professional capacity. Now president and CEO of the Business Council of BC, Virginia has given her energy and imagination to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon Region, Street to Home Foundation, the Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre Expansion Project, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, the Association of Women in Finance and the Salvation Army.

Marjorie Groberman, Vancouver
The founder of the Hadassah Bazaar in 1952, now 90, Marjorie Groberman has most recently helped initiate new seniors' programs at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver including the monthly series 'Music for All Ages.' Under her leadership, interest and participation in seniors' programs has increased significantly.

Corinne James & Ron Hadley, Qualicum Beach
Corinne James and Ron Hadley have transformed The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach into a year-round destination presenting art and music for everyone to enjoy. Through Corinne's co-ordination of exhibitions, art classes, and special events, as well as Ron's Music On Sunday concert series and music outreach programs, the community of Qualicum Beach is enriched with cultural energy.

Braunwyn Henwood, New Hazelton
Braunwyn Henwood's pragmatic approach and her enthusiasm for community initiatives enhance the quality of life in the Hazeltons. Braunwyn has been the volunteer liaison for Measuring Up the North, an initiative that considers the needs of the disabled and elderly. Braunwyn is a director of the Skeena Supportive Employment Society and was instrumental in the establishment of the New Hazelton Skate/Bike Park.

George and Jane Hungerford, Vancouver
George and Jane Hungerford exemplify the ideals of community commitment. From board leadership to fundraising, they have influenced the success of organizations including the Salvation Army and the BC Cancer Foundation. Other organizations to which George and Jane have contributed are Science World, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Simon Fraser University and the University of BC.

Yasmin John-Thorpe, Penticton
Yasmin John-Thorpe fosters literacy among children, youth and adults. Yasmin co-founded the Penticton Writers and Publishers Club, co-ordinates the local Raise-a-Reader program, volunteers in classrooms encouraging creative writing and story telling, and is the driving force behind the Young Okanagan Writers Contest and BC Youth Write Camp.

Kayli Johnson, Vancouver
Kayli Johnson, an Honours Science student at UBC is an exemplary leader and mentor, a faculty of science peer academic coach, and an active science student conference organizer. Kayli is currently developing a video series for 'Let's Talk Science', to promote science literacy in adults and to support rural K-12 teachers in encouraging interest in science programs.

Bert Kelly, Prince George
Since 2000, Dr. Bert Kelly has advocated for change in the delivery of health care in northern BC. Dr. Kelly was instrumental in the establishment of the Northern Medical program at the University of Northern BC and laboratory technology and radiology programs at the College of New Caledonia. In addition, Dr. Kelly has successfully campaigned for a comprehensive cancer care centre in Prince George.

Joyce Lam, Vancouver
Joyce Lam is the volunteer founder, president and artistic producer of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, a company that showcases Asian-Canadian actors, promotes Asian-Canadian stories, themes and culture on stage. She has produced over 35 shows in 10 years and is committed to connecting Asian-Canadian and mainstream communities through theatre.

Dave Lede, Vancouver
Dave Lede is dedicated to community giving and workplace health and safety. Variety, The Children's Charity, Canuck Place, Heart & Stroke Foundation, the BC Children's Hospital Foundation, are some of the organizations that Dave and the Ledcor Group of Companies have generously supported. A strong believer in corporate and social responsibility, Dave also encourages his employees to give back to their communities.

Suneet Maan, Surrey
For eight years, Suneet Maan has been an active and enthusiastic volunteer for the Heart & Stroke Foundation in her community and her school. Suneet organizes the annual Hoops4Heart and Jump Rope4Heart, a school campaign that raised $11,000 in 2009. Suneet is also a passionate volunteer for Teddy Bears of Hope, a program that provides teddy bears to African children.

Muriel MacKay-Ross, Nanaimo
Eighty-eight years young, Muriel MacKay Ross is and has been a volunteer extraordinaire for her community. Some of the organizations that have benefitted from her energy and leadership are Nanaimo Canada Day Committee, B.C. Day Picnic, Coal Mine Workers Reunion, Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, Centennial Museum, Nanaimo Grants and Aids Committee and, for 62 years, the Eastern Star in support of cancer events.

Audrey MacLise, Williams Lake
Audrey MacLise is dedicated to improving the quality of life of those living in the Williams Lake region. A long-time advocate for the elderly, Audrey is now chair of the Seniors' Advisory Council for the Cariboo-Chilcotin. Audrey established the district's first Alzheimer's support group and resource centre in 1990.

Barbara Maher, Chase
Barbara Maher has made significant contributions to the Village of Chase. Past president of the Chase and District Chamber of Commerce, the organizer of the highly successful Chase Centennial Celebration in 2008, and currently chair of the Chase Spirit of B.C. committee, Barbara steps forward to lend her time, leadership and energy for the betterment of her community.

Sarina Mawji, Coquitlam
Sarina Mawji is dedicated to making a difference for young people, inspiring their participation in physical activity and community engagement. Sarina co-ordinates a very effective drop-in centre for at- risk youth at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex. Sarina is a director of the Tri-City Kidsport Committee and a past director of the Steve Nash Youth League.

Jeremy McCall, Vancouver
Jeremy McCall is a prodigious volunteer manager for the preservation of our natural environment for future generations through conservation and education. Jeremy has contributed to Nature Vancouver, BC Nature, BC Naturalists' Foundation, Boundary Bay Conservation Committee, Outdoor Recreation Council of BC, Young Naturalists' of BC and, most recently, the Canadian Trails Federation.

Larry McHale, Squamish
For thirty-five years, Larry McHale has dedicated his work life to the District of West Vancouver. Larry is the supervisor of forestry and trails where he has distinguished himself as an outstanding steward of the district's natural environment. In addition, Larry is a pioneer and advocate for urban black bear management.

Ann Meraw, Maple Ridge
Ann Meraw is a lifelong role model for physical fitness. An award-winning marathon swimmer and an innovative swim coach, Ann became Canada's first female lifeguard and has been a member of the Royal Lifesaving Society for 78 years. She continues to volunteer in the community as a block watch captain, community police volunteer and was the founder of the Ridge Meadows Hall of Fame.

Paul Mitchell, Kelowna
Paul Mitchell has been the driving force behind significant community initiatives in Kelowna. From the committee to bring UBC to Kelowna, to chairing the Memorial Cup, Paul is engaged in all aspects of his community. In addition, Paul is a past director of Brain Trust Canada supporting its programs for individuals living with brain injury.

Richard Murakami, Salt Spring Island
Through selfless acts of generosity, large and small, Richard Murakami demonstrates his commitment to his community. Richard supports youth, the hospital foundation, the Heiwa Peace Park and most significantly, and the initiative that will affect the community for years to come, he donated land for the construction of a recently completed 27 unit affordable social housing project.

Amanda Neil, Delta
An exemplary young person, Amanda Neil organized an effort to honour war veterans who are buried in unmarked graves at Mountain View Cemetery. Amanda has raised funds for 70 headstones for these forgotten soldiers. Her work inspires others to consider ways to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Kris Olsen, Haida Gwaii
Kris Olsen is a role model and a strong voice for young people in Haida Gwaii. Kris rejuvenated the teen centre by forming a society to ensure its stability and its continuation as a safe and welcoming venue for all youth. Kris coaches a variety of sports, is a special education assistant and has developed links among the youth in the islands. Kris is an elected village

Joan Richoz, Whistler
Joan Richoz is a community builder for the arts and culture in Whistler. A member of the Whistler Arts Council since 1983, Joan has been part of all of its significant initiatives including the Performance Series, the Children's Art Festival and Bizarre Bazaar. In addition, it was Joan's singular vision and leadership that established and ensured the success of the Whistler Public Library.

Pat Ronalds, Cranbrook
Pat Ronalds is the enthusiastic and hard-working director of the Cranbrook Girls Bugle Band. Under Pat's dedicated leadership, the band continues to be an integral and respected part of the Cranbrook community, providing girls between 11 and 18 with the opportunity to represent their community, enhance their skills and broaden their horizons.

Eileen Scott, Bamfield
Eileen Scott is a truly dedicated volunteer who has been involved in almost every project and organization in Bamfield since her arrival in 1981. The Bamfield Centennial Park, the Community Hall Society, Advisory Planning Committee, Bamfield Entertainment Society, and the Community School Association are examples of Eileen's considerable commitment to civic duty.

Lynn Shervill, Smithers
A compassionate contributor to Smithers, Lynn Shervill has spearheaded important healthcare programs in his region. As a registered nurse, he has been instrumental in both the development of the Smithers Community Cancer Clinic and improved access to palliative care. In addition, Lynn is a founding member of the Driftwood Foundation, dedicated to preserving the back country as a community asset.

Donna Stewart, North Vancouver
Donna Stewart exemplifies outstanding community contribution through her lifetime of volunteer service for community education, advancement of women and affordable housing. With energy, enthusiasm and action, Donna has worked for many years with North Shore Community Resources and was instrumental in establishing A Place To Call Home Housing Society.

Donna May Thompson, Okanagan Falls
Donna May Thompson is the centre of life in Okanagang Falls. From the Historical Society, community fundraising to the Red Cross cupboard and to her leadership of the Emergency Social Service team and Food for Learning, a program that provides breakfast to the elementary school, Donna May is the enduring spirit of her community.

Jeanette Townsend, Valemount
Mayor of Valemount for twenty years, Jeannette Townsend leaves a legacy of responsible management and passionate action for the betterment of her community. As well, Jeanette's contributions extend to her region and province. Jeannette was a charter member of the Columbia Basin Trust and an important contributor to the realization of the University of Northern British Columbia.

Jagat (Jack) Uppal, Vancouver
Jagat Uppal is a life long member of the Sikh community, respected as a pioneer and historian. For more than 60 years, Jagat has been at the forefront of the evolvement of the Sikh community and has contributed his leadership to the Khalsa Diwan Society and the Ross Street Gudwara. A generous supporter of local charities, Jack has always promoted harmony among cultures and religions and supported youth as the future of British Columbia.

Jeff Vaughan, Surrey
Jeff Vaughan is a gifted teacher and a natural leader. He inspires students, teachers and his community of Sullivan Heights to live healthy lives and to be responsible stewards of the environment. Among his many contributions, he is a volunteer hockey coach, hosts wheelchair soccer, Special Olympics basketball and organizes shoreline cleanups, tree planting programs and Right to Play fundraisers.
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 16th March 2010
Congrats Jane! Good job, and nice to see so many from the north recognized.
Way to go...
Comment by dawna ottenbreit on 16th March 2010
Way to go Jane and Audry from Williams both are so dedicated and deserve all the honours one can recieve...I"m so proud that both of you are my friends...