Newspaper honours local leaders

Locals gathered on Thursday, June 16 to celebrate individuals who go above and beyond

Volunteer appreciation: The finalists and award winners in the Salmon Arm Observer Community Leader Awards gather together after the ceremony at the Prestige Resort.

Locals gathered on Thursday, June 16 to celebrate individuals who go above and beyond to make Salmon Arm and the Shuswap a great place to live.

The second annual Community Leader Awards honoured exemplary individuals in 12 categories including Environmental Leader, Coach, Emergency Service and Volunteer.

Leader of the Year went to Kay Braby for the volunteer work she does with the United Church and her instrumental role in launching the Second Harvest food bank, amongst numerous other volunteer contributions.

Pamela Chudiak took the top honour in the Above and Beyond category which celebrates those who exceed the requirements of their job to improve their community. Honourable mentions were Rob Marshall and Brian Ayotte.

In the Coach category, which honours exemplary volunteer coaches, David Torrie took the top honour for his work with young soccer players. Honurable mention went to Tim Alstad and Ken McGregor.

Karen Brown received the highest honour in the Community Builder category, with John Hansen and James Bowlby taking honourable mentions.

The Courage category was for people who rose above adversity or personal challenges to become successful. Top honour was awarded to Kameron Kriese. Honourable mentions went to Victor Toy and Jeff Smith.

John Schut, a search manager for Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue, took the top honour in the Emergency Service category. Celia Harris and Hiapo Poirier received honourable mentions.

The team of Dave Ramsay and Barry Wilson received top honours in the Environmental Leader category, with honourable mentions going to the team of Ceren Caner and Geoff Styles as well as Jim Morris.

Top honours for Mentorship went to Brian Pratt-Johnson, and honourable mentions were Eiko Uehara and Linda Brown.

The top honoured service organization volunteer was Eugene Casavant, with honourable mentions going to Penny Brown and Sue McCrae.

Ellen Underhill was the top honoured volunteer thanks to her work for SAFE Society’s Salmon Arm/Sicamous RCMP Victim Services. Julia Mortensen and Mike Boudreau received honourable mentions.

Karen Bubola was honoured for her volunteer work with youth. Karen Wilson and Evelyn Greenius received honourable mentions for working with youth.

Lyndsey Chesham received the top honour for youth volunteer with Cara Wurst and Taigan Radomske receiving honourable mentions.



Just Posted

Shuswap elementary school suspends operations due to ‘musty odour’

Arrangements made for affected Sicamous students to attend class in three other schools

Salmon Arm history in photos: Do you remember when?

Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village asks public to identify date photo was taken

Salmon Arm mall’s no-panhandling sign reported to be result of complaints

Bylaw moves homeless men to mall vicinity, city says they’re OK on sidewalk

Carnivorous praying mantis put to work in the Shuswap

Insects introduced to the region in the 1930s to control grasshoppers eating crops

Fewer than 250 caribou remain in Columbia Shuswap

Only one of four herds in region with stable population, still considered threatened

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Column: Wildlife encounters in my own backyard

In Plain View by Lachlan Labere

Climate protesters temporarily shut down road in downtown Kelowna

Protesters are demanding politicans take action to stop climate change

Letter: Signs of oxygen depletion all around us

Writer considers effects of increased C02 levels

Security footage shows grab and go of cash in South Okanagan business break-in

Marla Black is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who broke into Winemaster

Vehicle taken by gunpoint in South Okanagan carjacking recovered

Penticton RCMP said the criminal investigation remains very active and ongoing

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

Most Read