2020 Community Service Awards Nominations Now Open!
It’s time to nominate those inspiring individuals, organizations and businesses that make a positive difference in our community. From subtle acts of kindness to major community efforts, all help to enhance community wellbeing and deserve to be recognized.
“The Annual Community Service Awards program is a wonderful opportunity for us to show our appreciation for our local heroes who have gone above and beyond to help others,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. ”Throughout the pandemic we have witnessed our community step-up to support and help each other through amazing acts of kindness, compassion, courage and commitment.”
The Annual Community Service Awards Program was established in 2019 to recognize and honour outstanding contributions and achievements of groups, organizations and individuals in Pitt Meadows. By recognizing those who are leading the way and enhancing our community well-being, these awards foster a culture of excellence in Pitt Meadows and inspire others.
We celebrate excellence in six categories of achievement that benefit everyone by making Pitt Meadows a better place to live.
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.
- Against the Odds Achievement. To recognize individuals who achieve excellence despite the special challenges they face.
- 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.
- Community Service Youth (13 - 15 and 16 - 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 13 to 15 year olds and 16 to 18 year olds.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 submit a nomination for other individuals but are not 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.
Recipients of the first Community Service Awards were presented with certificates during an official ceremony as part of the Christmas in Pitt Meadows celebration on December 6.
The City of Pitt Meadows congratulates the following recipients of the 2019 Community Service Awards:
The Spirit of Pitt Meadows Award for the Outstanding Resident of the Year was awarded to Zabrina Braithwaite-Kelso, who over the years has been instrumental with the Pitt Meadows Day event. She has been the President of the Pitt Meadows Day Society and frequently volunteers for other events in our community including Canada Day. Zabrina is always the first to lend a hand and help out. Zabrina works full time as a first responder in both the Police and Paramedic fields. She is currently training for the Cops for Cancer bike riding fundraiser. Her community service and volunteer work is exemplary and makes Pitt Meadows a great place to live.
The Against the Odds Achievement Award was awarded to Gordon Kirkland, who is an award-winning and best-selling author, who was recognized for overcoming adversity in his life, and for his accomplishments in his career, as well as in Pitt Meadows. Between newspaper columns, magazine articles and trade publications, Gordon has more than 1000 publication credits. His syndicated humour column Gordon Kirkland-At-Large was published in numerous North American newspapers. Gordon is also an advocate for wheelchair accessibility and was the recipient of the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Medal in 2012 for his advocacy work.
Community Service Awards were awarded to:
- Fran Preston who has invested a great deal of her life to volunteering. Her most recent focus has been connecting adults over 55 to a happy and healthy life. Fran is a group leader for a very inclusive local ladies walking club in the community. She has also been an integral part of assisting in the creation of a strategic plan for the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society and modernizing the growth of Pitt Meadows Seniors Activity Centre. For two years in a row, she spearheaded the fund raising efforts of a Seniors Education Day using the Rotary Duck ticket program. She organized and kept track of the entire project that helped to raise over $5000 total. Fran is always willing to step up to a task no matter how big or small.
- John and Yvonne McDonald who have given many, many hours given to the community through hospital and police support, including St. John’s Therapy Dogs program, volunteering with Ridge Meadows Hospital and assisting with RCMP community safety programs such as speed and phone watch; and
- Grant "Bud" Livesey who has spent countless hours of his personal time walking around selflessly collecting litter from the side of the road and from ditches and making Pitt Meadows a cleaner and safer place for all to enjoy. He has also contributed much voluntary time helping his neighbours.
The Community Service Youth Award (for ages 18 and under) was awarded to Madison Ferguson, a Pitt Meadows Secondary student and athlete, who volunteers with the early-morning Community Breakfast Program, which serves more than 4,000 meals per year to 125 students. Madison will also be awarded $500 for community service.
The Good Neighbour Award was awarded to Angela MacPherson who has an enormous heart. Angela single-handedly rallied the community to raise money to ensure that a family didn’t have any financial worries while their child was being treated at BC Children’s Hospital for cancer. She also made sure he didn't miss out on the Pitt Meadows Day parade by using Face Time during the event so that he could be included from his hospital bed.
The Business of the Year Award was awarded to Eric and Lorie Muller from the Sole Experience who actively raise funds and awareness through Athletes In Kind, a non-profit organization that supports families who are struggling financially because of childhood cancer. They also promote health and wellness in the community by regularly hosting running clinics and on most days, groups of runners are seen on the dikes, no matter the weather. Together Eric and Lorie are a positive role models and the epitome of what makes Pitt Meadows worthy of its motto “The Natural Place.”
More than 20 nominations were received and reviewed by the citizen-led task force. Thank you to the 2019 Community Service Awards Task Force which included: James Lapierre, Angela Williams, Leslie Bennewith and Carole Kubb.
Read the full media release here: Community Service Awards Recipients Honoured.