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Basserman, Steele given BC Community Achievement Awards

Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin and Robert Louie, board member of the BC Achievement Foundation present Don Basserman with the BC Achievement Community Award.
Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin and Robert Louie, board member of the BC Achievement Foundation present Don Basserman with the BC Achievement Community Award.

Twenty-four British Columbians, including two from Prince George, were honoured today at the 16th annual BC Achievement Community Award presentation ceremony held at Government House in Victoria.

Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin, along with BC Achievement Foundation Board members, Robert Louie, OC and Christopher Gaze, OBC presented each recipient with a BC Achievement Community Award certificate, medallion and citation.

Don Basserman and Lindy Steele were the two Prince George recipients.

Bassermann is a dedicated leader and an active member of the Prince George community. An educator and school administrator, he served six terms as a city councillor, retiring from office in 2011. During his tenure, Basserman’s committee work oversaw construction of many important civic facilities including the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, the CN Centre Arena and the Two Rivers Art Gallery. An avid gardener, outdoorsman, and advocate for sustainability and food security, Basserman is known for his enthusiastic commitment to his community.

Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin and Robert Louie, board member of the BC Achievement Foundation present Lindy Steele with the BC Achievement Community Award.
Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin and Robert Louie, board member of the BC Achievement Foundation present Lindy Steele with the BC Achievement Community Award.

For more than 10 years, Steele has given her time and energy to the Canadian Cancer Society contributing hundreds of hours to its mission. She has volunteered for numerous and diverse programs with the society.

A retired teacher who has devoted her efforts to helping and supporting others in her community and beyond, Steele now serves as President of the Auxiliary to University Hospital of Northern BC. A mentor to other volunteers, Steele continually inspires others with her dedication.

The recipients of the 2019 awards are:
Beth Applewhite, Port Moody
Don Bassermann, Prince George
Neil Brewer, Agassiz
Evelyn Corlett, Gibsons
Katherine Dodds, Vancouver
Polla Eid, Kelowna
Maureen Fraser, Tofino
Jessie Ann Gamble, Armstrong
Ming Gin, Vancouver
*Nancy & Gunther Golinia, Prince Rupert
Leona Green, New Westminster
Linda Helm, Tumbler Ridge
Janet Johnston, Stewart
Kenneth Kjenstad, Clearwater
Margaret Lidkea, Victoria
Jeffrey Lott, Nanaimo
Dr. Biju Mathew, Maple Ridge
Sandra McPherson, Duncan
Sukhmeet Singh Sachal, Surrey
Lyda Salatian, Surrey
Lindy Steele, Prince George
Katrin Taylor, Sparwood
Vivian Trethewey, Abbotsford
Arnold Trewhitt, Lake Country
Ellen Woodsworth, Vancouver

An independent committee selects the recipients of the BC Achievement Community Award. The 2019 selection committee members are Mayor Lyn Hall of Prince George, Mayor Josie Osborne of Tofino and past recipients, Garry F. Benson, QC of Kelowna, Lolly Bennett of Vancouver and Kamal Dhillon of Surrey.

The BC Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed by the province of BC to celebrate excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service. Launched in 2003, the BC Achievement Community Award was the first initiative of the foundation, followed by the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art and Design, BC’s National Award in Canadian Non-Fiction (2005-2018), the Fulmer Award in BC First Nations Art, and the BC Indigenous Business Award.

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