PITT MEADOWS, BC – Recipients of the City’s first Community Service Awards were presented with certificates during an official ceremony as part of the Christmas in Pitt Meadows celebration on December 6.
“Pitt Meadows is an amazing place to live,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “We enjoy incredible natural beauty, recreational assets, programming and green space. At the foundation of our community and the glue to it, is that of our citizens. The Community Services Awards provides the City with an opportunity to recognize and say thank you to some of our deserving citizens who continue to contribute and elevate our collective quality of life. They are part of the reason we are Pitt Meadows Proud™.”
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, 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 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. Her community service and volunteer work is exemplary and makes Pitt Meadows a great place to live.
- The Against the Odds Achievement Award, which recognizes achieving excellence, despite the special challenges an individual may have faced, 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.
- Community Service Awards, which recognize exemplary leadership and outstanding community service provided without regard for personal gain, 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.
- 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 and volunteering with Ridge Meadows Hospital; 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. He has also contributed much voluntary time helping his neighbours.
- The Community Service Youth Award (for ages 18 and under), 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, was awarded to:
- Madison Ferguson, a Pitt Meadows Secondary student and athlete, who assists with the early-morning Community Breakfast Program, which serves more than 4,000 meals per year to 125 students.
- The Good Neighbour Award, which recognizes an individual’s contributions to their neighbourhood community through acts of kindness, 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 Children’s Hospital for cancer.
- The Business of the Year Award, which recognizes a local business that contributes to the overall quality of life in Pitt Meadows, 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. Together Eric and Lorie are the epitome of what makes Pitt Meadows worthy of its motto “The Natural Place.”
The Community Service Awards Program was created to recognize and honour outstanding contributions and achievements of groups, organizations and individuals in six categories of achievement that benefit everyone by making Pitt Meadows a better place to live.
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.
Learn more at pittmeadows.ca/awards.
For more information please contact:
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows