Thank you to the community of Summerland for participating so fully in the nomination process for this year’s Business and Community Excellence Awards. Nearly 40 different businesses were nominated, some in multiple categories. Please take the opportunity to congratulate these individuals and check out their websites to learn more about them.
The 2015 Business and Community Award Nominees were honoured at a reception held January 30, sponsored by Nesters Market.
Two finalists in each of the 11 award categories will be announced Friday. Chamber members will be asked to vote on the finalists starting February 10. In addition, this year Summerland residents will have the opportunity to vote in the Citizen/Volunteer of the Year category. A separate online survey will be available for residents to vote in this category, along with the option to vote in person at the Chamber Office.
There is a group of very special individuals who it may be more difficult to look up on-line. For this reason, we wanted to share a little more about the volunteers who the community has recognized with a nomination in the category of Citizen/Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by Nesters Market. Formerly known as the Good Citizen Cup, this award has been given out in Summerland since 1938. Here are this year’s nominees:
A member of the Summerland Fire Department for 25 years, and a regular volunteer for the Summerland Sportsmen’s Association, Billy is best known as the co-owner of the Apple Barn, and an award winning grower. The Apple Barn’s ongoing commitment to the community includes the donation of hundreds of pounds of apples each year, with much of the donations going to local school programs. In 2012, Billy was one of 4 local firefighters who participated in the “Dragons Den” television program, representing Summerland on a national stage with their invention of a new rescue device for emergency services.
Dave and Alison Carleton
To say that Dave and Alison are dedicated to the success of the Summerland Sportsmen’s Association would be an understatement. As the association’s President (Dave) and Treasurer (Alison), they are instrumental in organizing key events such as the annual fishing derby, game banquet and the association’s participation in Action Festival. The couple is heavily involved with the British Columbia Wildlife Federation, which aims to protect, enhance and promote the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations. Last but not least, Dave and Alison are members of Summerland Citizens on Patrol, a volunteer program run through the RCMP.
As the Summerland Sister City Coordinator, Darlene developed a Sister City plan that has strengthened the ties between Summerland and the community of Toyokoro, Japan. She has led important initiatives such as coordinating an annual teaching placement of a Summerland teacher in Toyokoro, and organizing student visits to Summerland as well as government delegates. The Sister City plan places a strong focus on highlighting Summerland’s economic opportunities and tourism experiences to our friends in Japan.
Carleen is the co-owner of AlCar Storage with her husband Al. While running her business, she makes time to support a number of organizations, both with her time and her creativity. Whether she is volunteering at the Seniors’ Center or for a local school breakfast club, or supporting local literacy by making wallets for children to store their very first library cards, Carleen is always finding small ways to brighten someone’s day. Children receiving treatment at Penticton Hospital’s pediatric ward receive bright, handmade pillow cases made by Carleen.
Carla has a long history of volunteerism and giving back to the community. Carla has served as a city councilor, as a volunteer director and Secretary on the Community Futures-Okanagan Similkameen Board of Directors, and is the past president of Agur Lake Camp, and worked to increase the profile of the Agur Lake Camp Society and attract more volunteers. Carla is an unstoppable cheerleader for Summerland, giving her time to important local groups and events such as the Summerland Rodeo Grounds Equine Development Committee, and the annual Action Festival.
Barbara’s commitment to community is expressed in a variety of rich and rewarding forums. From her key role in the “Philosopher’s Cafe”, the Arts community and down to her role in grassroots political activism Barbara gives so much back to her community. Barbara works tirelessly both as a point person and again, from behind the curtain, planning, organizing and ensuring so many initiatives reach their respective potential.
Terry regularly goes above and beyond her work as a senior account manager with RBC in Summerland. She was instrumental in the coordination and opening of the Artisans of the Okanagan, and regularly promotes cross promotion and advocates ways that local businesses can work together for greater success. While her expertise has helped many in the business community, Terry also gives her time to youth organizations, making herself available as a mentor or just a ear to listen.
There are few Okanagan trail lovers –whether they be hikers or bikers – who haven’t heard of Henry Sielmann. As the current President of the Summerland Trans Canada Trail Society, Henry has been instrumental in promoting the trail, including the development of a dedicated website for the society. Henry is now also lending his expertise to the new Trail of the Okanagan’s Lakeshore Pathway project. He volunteers as a board member on the District of Summerland’s Climate Action Committee, and has also served as a volunteer director for the Summerland Fall Fair.
The Mayor’s Award of Excellence
The Mayor’s Award of Excellence continues to be an important acknowledgement of community leadership. This award will be given at the Mayor’s discretion at the Gala to an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to Summerland.
Awards will be given out to the winners at the 77th Annual Awards Gala on February 28th. The Gala will be held at The Summerland Waterfront Resort. Tickets are available from the Chamber office.
Thank you for taking the time to nominate a business or volunteer who has made a difference in our community.
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