Civic appreciation awards handed out

Left to right: Mayor Lyn hall, Jeff Elder (Outstanding Volunteer Award of Merit), Valerie Giles (Community Service Award of Merit), Gerry van Caeseele (Outstanding Volunteer Award of Merit), Chelsea Wallach (Community Champion Award of Merit), Brenda Pearson (Community Service Award of Merit), Sarah Ash (2018 Youth of the Year), Shamitha Aravind (2018 Youth of the Year Runner Up), Sukhpreet Buttar (Community Service Award of Merit), Zelda Craig (Recreation and Culture Award of Merit), Dan Watt (Recreation and Culture Award of Merit), Marianne Sprague (Community Service Award of Merit), and Amanda Terry (Recreation and Culture Award of Merit). City of Prince George photo
Left to right: Mayor Lyn hall, Jeff Elder (Outstanding Volunteer Award of Merit), Valerie Giles (Community Service Award of Merit), Gerry van Caeseele (Outstanding Volunteer Award of Merit), Chelsea Wallach (Community Champion Award of Merit), Brenda Pearson (Community Service Award of Merit), Sarah Ash (2018 Youth of the Year), Shamitha Aravind (2018 Youth of the Year Runner Up), Sukhpreet Buttar (Community Service Award of Merit), Zelda Craig (Recreation and Culture Award of Merit), Dan Watt (Recreation and Culture Award of Merit), Marianne Sprague (Community Service Award of Merit), and Amanda Terry (Recreation and Culture Award of Merit). City of Prince George photo

Each year at the Civic Appreciation Awards, the City of Prince George recognizes individuals and organizations deemed to have made significant contributions to the community. This year, the Community Champion Award of Merit recognized outstanding local volunteerism during the Cariboo wildfires. This year’s recipients were Chelsea Wallach and Steve Williams.

During the gala event at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre on Friday evening, Mayor Lyn Hall and members of Council honoured outstanding community members, sites, and organizations in eight separate categories:

  • Recreation and Culture Award of Merit: Zelda Craig, Tianna Dulmage, Bernadette Kipping, Randy Seabrook, Amanda Tarry, and Dan Watt
  • Access Award of Merit: Spinal Cord Injury BC.
  • Heritage Places Award: The Taylor House – 1872 10th Avenue.
  • Community Service Award of Merit: Terry Bryden, Valerie Giles, Brenda Pearson, and Marianne Sprague.
  • Certificate of Project Recognition: 1811 Spruce Street and 1395 5th Avenue.
  • Community Champion Award of Merit: Chelsea Wallach and Steve Williams.
  • 2018 Youth of the Year: Sarah Ash and Shamitha Aravind (honourable mention).
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award of Merit: Jeff Elder, Sue Judge, and Gerry van Caeseele.

Last month, the Rocky Mountain Rangers were awarded Freedom of the City, the highest award bestowed by Prince George City Council. The award involved a parade through downtown Prince George, a ceremony at City Hall, and a gala dinner at the Conference and Civic Centre.