The 2020 Community Service Awards recipients were recognized during the Council Meeting that was livestreamed on March 2, 2021 and is available to view online at pittmeadows.ca/councilmeetings.
The City of Pitt Meadows congratulates the following recipients of the 2020 Community Service Awards:
Spirit of Pitt Meadows Award (recognizing Outstanding Resident of the Year)
Community Service Award
Community Service Youth Award (ages 16-18)
Fatima Oday Al-Jumaili
Good Neighbour Award
Business of the Year Award
Learn more about the recipients and read the full media release here.
A photo album of the winners with their awards is available on our Facebook page.
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.