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Salmar seeks excellence in the Shuswap

It's time to nominate someone for a Salmar Award of Excellence in the area of the arts or sports.

The Salmar Community Association is looking for excellence in arts or sport.

The association has once again budgeted $1,000 for the Salmar Award of Excellence, says board member John Henderson.

Criteria for the Salmar Award of Excellence includes:

The award will be made to an individual who has attained an outstanding level of skill or expertise in his or her field of performing arts or athletics to be recognized at the provincial and /or national level.

By his or her performance, the successful recipient will bring recognition to himself/herself and the Shuswap.

Over the years, the Salmar board will strive to present the award to various disciplines.

Nominations for the award should be made to the Salmar board by March 31.

The grants committee will consider the nominations and will take a recommendation to the June board meeting for approval.

Past recipients include:

• Rick Say, Olympic Swimmer, was the first recipient in 2005. Eric Nipp and Marisa Gomez shared the 2006 award for their ballet dancing ability and cross-country skier Jesse Heckrodt was the 2007 recipient.

• Lani Gibbons, a national basketball team player was the 2008 recipient.

“Lani was even more special as her grandfather Spence Tatchell was a Salmar director when he was government agent in Salmon Arm,” says Henderson.

In 2009, Allyson Marshall, a cross country skier, received the award for her athletic ability and Jacob Verburg, a talented local guitarist, received the award for his musical ability.

• Stephanie Nakagawa, a talented opera singer, received the award in 2010.

• Rebecca Howard, an equestrian and 2012 Olympian, was the 2011 recipient.

No award was given in 2012, but Henderson says $1,000 was donated to the Shuswap Community Foundation in memory of Rosemary Venard, a longtime Salmar Theatre staff member and community volunteer.

If you know someone who deserves the award, you are encouraged to write a letter  of nomination describing why they would be considered to the Salmar Community association at Box 338,  Salmon Arm, V1E 4N5.