Congratulations to the 2021 Community Service Awards recipients!

The recipients were recognized at the Christmas in Pitt Meadows event on December 3, 2021 which was livestreamed and is available here

Pictured from left to right: Danielle Spraggs from the Community Service Awards Task Force; award recipients Thelma Rodriguez, Ali El Massri, Amy Shaw, Tristan Kennedy, John Barnes; Mayor Bill Dingwall.

The City of Pitt Meadows congratulates the following recipients of the 2021 Community Service Awards:

  1. The Spirit of Pitt Meadows Award (recognizing Outstanding Resident of the Year), which recognizes the contributions of an individual for their overall outstanding community service, dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Pitt Meadows, is awarded to:

Amy Shaw for her outstanding dedication to enhancing the community with the Hearts on the Fence initiative at Pitt Meadows Elementary. Amy spearheaded the initiative to decorate the fence as part of the school’s karate program and grew it into a larger public art project, ensuring each student had the opportunity to paint a heart for the school’s fence. Amy is recognized for helping to beautify Pitt Meadows and spread positivity through community service during a challenging year.

  1. The Community Service Award, which recognizes exemplary leadership and outstanding community service without regard for personal gain, is awarded to:

John Barnes for his selfless commitment to Pitt Meadows through volunteerism and community contributions. John is involved with the Pitt Meadows Seniors Centre, volunteering his time helping with events, organizing trivia and the pool team, and assisting seniors with computer challenges. John and his wife are also recognized for helping to improve local park space after beavers removed several trees, which were replanted by parks staff. John spearheaded a group of residents in his building to ‘adopt’ the trees and expanded small gardens around the plantings. For his care and commitment to our community, Pitt Meadows is truly thankful.

  1. The Community Service Youth Award (ages 13-18), which recognizes the positive contributions of a young member of the community, who has provided outstanding service to the community without regard for personal gain, is awarded to:

Ali El Massri for showing what it means to be a role model for his peers through volunteerism and academics. A bright 16-year-old student at Pitt Meadows Secondary School, Ali volunteers many hours at the Friends in Need Food Bank during school holidays. Ali is also an excellent student, with plans to go into computer programming after graduation. Ali continues to give back to his community and maintain excellent grades. Pitt Meadows is proud of this young leader making such a positive difference in our community.

  1. The Community Service Youth Award (ages 5-12), which recognizes the positive contributions of a young member of the community, who has provided outstanding service to the community without regard for personal gain, is awarded to:

Tristan Kennedy for his inspiring desire to help others and promote positivity in the community during a challenging time. During lockdown in April 2020, Tristan and his mom started posting riddles and jokes outside their house in an effort to make their neighbours smile. Over 150 jokes later, they created a book out of them and sold it with the profits benefitting the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society and the Friends in Need Food Bank, raising over $1,500! Pitt Meadows is very proud to recognize Tristan for his outstanding community service and desire to help others in a tough time.

  1. The Good Neighbour Award, which recognizes an individual’s contributions to their neighbourhood community through acts of kindness, is awarded to:

Thelma Rodriguez for her outstanding dedication to help others in her community. Thelma regularly helps out others in the community looking for assistance with everything from acquiring boxes to transportation. For many years she has volunteered her time and resources to temporary farm workers in Pitt Meadows, providing them with meals, clothing, and bicycles during their stay here. Thelma is known for stopping her car to give random people an umbrella on rainy days. She has an enormous impact on her community and her acts of selflessness make Pitt Meadows the welcoming and caring place we all love.

Read the full news release here

Nominations

Nominate an individual, group or organization. There are six categories to choose from: Against the Odds Achievement, Business of the Year, Community Service, Community Service (13 - 15 and 16 - 18), Good Neighbour, and Spirit of Pitt Meadows recognizing Outstanding Resident of the Year.

  1. Against the Odds Achievement. To recognize individuals who achieve excellence despite the special challenges they face.
  2. Community Service. To recognize exemplary leadership and outstanding community service provided without regard for personal gain. This award encompasses: coaching; volunteerism; arts and cultural contributions; teaching; environmental and humanitarian champions; significant acts of philanthropy or heroism; advocates for community inclusion; and other noteworthy endeavours.
  3. Community Service Youth (5-12 and 13 - 18). For demonstrating exemplary leadership in community service. This award is intended to recognize the positive contributions of a young member of the community, who has provided outstanding service to the community without regard for their own personal gain. Each year, the City gives two awards each valued at $500; there is one award for each category of 5 to 12 years old and 13  to 18 year olds.  
  4. Good Neighbour Award. For an individual, who has contributed to their neighbourhood community through a single act of kindness, to multiple good deeds benefiting many people.
  5. Business of the Year. To recognize local businesses that, on a regular basis, contribute to the overall quality of life in Pitt Meadows through endeavours that support community service, programs or events, and/or foster positive relationships with volunteer groups or activities.
  6. Spirit of Pitt Meadows recognizing Outstanding Resident of the Year. Recognizing the contributions of one individual for their overall outstanding community service, dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Pitt Meadows. This individual has dedicated many years of service to the community; volunteerism will leave a lasting legacy, and provides informal leadership resulting in the betterment of the City. 

Eligibility

  • Nominations by immediate family members and self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Current members of City Council may not submit a nomination nor be eligible to receive an award.
  • Current members of the Task Force may not submit a nomination nor be eligible to receive an award.
  • Current City employees may not submit a nomination for other individuals nor be eligible to receive an award.
  • To be eligible for an award, the nominee must be: a resident of Pitt Meadows or, in the case of a business, operating from a Pitt Meadows location; and a positive role model for the community.

Past Community Service Award Recipients

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