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Original News Release




March 10, 2009

Office of the Premier

British Columbia Achievement Foundation





An independent advisory council selects the recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. The 2009 advisory council members are Mayor Gerry Furney,  Port McNeill; Mayor Mary Sjostrom, Quesnel; George Puil of Vancouver (2008 recipient); Sharon Smith of Houston and Grace Wong of Vancouver (2006 Recipient).


Ray Abernethy, Burnaby

Ray Abernethy is the founder of Helping Families In Need Society, a not-for-profit organization supporting families in need in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. A volunteer for over 18 years, Ray’s dedication to helping struggling families by collecting and distributing household items positively impacts thousands of lives in his community.

Tibor Baldauf, Gibsons
Tibor Baldauf has challenged three generations of swimmers to do their very best both in athletics and in their lives, instilling in each of them a strong work ethic. A volunteer, Tibor has coached swimmers on the Sunshine Coast at the Chinook Swim Club for over 20 years.

Pamela Beech, Sicamous

Pamela Beech is a committed community leader in Sicamous. Her participation in youth projects, healthy living projects, workshops on affordable housing and as an advocate for both youth and seniors demonstrates that one person can make a difference in a community.


Roger Behn, Chase

Roger Behn’s legacy for the community of Chase is his leadership both in the establishment of the regional library system and for the ongoing success of the Chase and District Museum and Archive Society. Roger spearheaded the museum’s permanent home ensuring the preservation of Chase’s unique and diverse history.


Alex Bracewell, Tatlayoko Lake

Alex Bracewell has championed accessible tourism opportunities in the Cariboo Chilcotin for persons with disabilities and others with accessibility challenges. Alex was instrumental in the development of the innovative Tatlayoko Lake Accessible Community Wilderness Trail, an outdoor recreation area enjoyed by both visitors and the community.


Jack Carlisle, North Vancouver

Since 1994, Jack Carlisle has been an advocate and donor in furthering prostate cancer research, treatment, awareness and patient support. An active member and leader of the North Shore Prostate Cancer Group, Jack has also volunteered with the BC Foundation for Prostate Disease, the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative.


Joyce Carlson, Powell River

A leader in her community of Powell River, Joyce Carlson, publisher of the Powell River Peak, is a committed volunteer, serving the Powell River and District United Way, the Powell River Festival for the Performing Arts, the Powell River 2007 Disability Games Society, and the Powell River Ayjoomixw Spirit of BC Community Committee.  Joyce is a driving force involved in the fabric and future of her community.


Sam Carter, West Vancouver

With insight and vision, Sam Carter has successfully promoted the arts of British Columbia. Artist, curator, educator, mentor and advocate for applied art and design, Sam has established links between Canada and Pacific Rim regions, documented and sited public art legacies and guided and inspired hundreds of young B.C. artists.


Dolly Cartwright, West Vancouver

For half a century, Dolly Cartwright has actively volunteered in West Vancouver in the areas of health, youth and seniors. Dolly has served on the board of North Shore Adults at Risk and currently serves as a director of the North Shore Volunteers for Seniors and the Lionsview Seniors Planning Society.


Carol Chapman, Campbell River

Carol Chapman is a committed community volunteer in Campbell River in the areas of health, fundraising, and community celebrations. A longtime volunteer with the SPCA, Carol promotes and assists her community of Campbell River with passion and energy.


Cynthia Chen, Richmond

Cynthia Chen epitomizes community spirit and generosity. Cynthia has served Richmond as a councillor, chair of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and president of the CHIMO Crisis Services. Cynthia’s leadership in these and other organizations and causes has provided profound benefits to her community.


Melinda Cheung, Fort St. James

Melinda Cheung is the driving force in Fort St. James of large and successful endeavours as well as hundreds of small generosities. From community fundraising, events and health and healthy lifestyles, Melinda leads and inspires others to contribute to the well-being of the community.


John (Jack) Collins, Qualicum Beach

For 39 years, Jack Collins has played a vital role in the development of Qualicum Beach. Jack has served as mayor, councillor and volunteer in a range of areas including sustainable development initiatives, historical restoration, sports and recreation activities, infrastructure improvements and senior’s housing.


Gordon Comeau, Princeton

For more than 26 years, Gordon Comeau has contributed to education in the province and his community as a school trustee in School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen). Gordon served as president of the BC School Trustees’ Association and has served as president of the Canadian School Boards Association.


Johanna Coughlin, Hope

Johanna Coughlin has made a significant contribution to the District of Hope through her volunteer and community work. Johanna has undertaken numerous civic responsibilities, environmental initiatives and community recreation activities, and is an active member of the Hope Outdoor Club.


Morna Edmundson, Surrey

Through her 22 years of leadership as co-conductor of Elektra Women’s Choir, her involvement in Coastal Sound Music Academy, and as administrative director of Festival Vancouver, Morna has shown she is a gifted organizational talent who leads by example, encouraging others to pursue their musical and choral goals.


Darren Entwistle, Vancouver

As president and CEO of TELUS, Darren Entwistle’s passion for community involvement has instilled a spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism across the company. Since 2000, the company and its team members have donated more than $48 million in financial and in-kind contributions in British Columbia. Darren’s leadership in TELUS community initiatives exemplifies a true spirit of charity and corporate responsibility, and serves as a role model to the B.C. business community.


Brad Field, Kelowna

Brad Field has made significant contributions to Kelowna through his professional and volunteer work. An entrepreneur, Brad established Pacific Safety Products in 1984 and more recently Trilogy Design Works. Organizations such as the Kelowna Women’s Shelter, St. John’s Ambulance, the Cops for Kids Foundation and the UBC Okanagan Library have benefited from his business expertise and commitment.


Lori Fry, 100 Mile House

Lori Fry is an active member of the regional, provincial, and national Canadian Council of the Blind, where she has volunteered for 18 years, raising public awareness about vision loss and promoting equality for blind Canadians. Lori Fry also leads a vital program of Aquafit classes providing therapy and rehabilitation for her community.


Paul Gauthier, Vancouver

Paul Gauthier is the community capacity co-ordinator for the BC Paraplegic Association. Paul is a leader and role model in the disability community, a progressive thinker and a passionate advocate for positive change.  He strives to help persons with disabilities to realize their goals through skills training, community integration and successful independent living.  


Janette Glover-Geidt, Union Bay

Janette Glover-Geidt is chair of the Union Bay Historical Society, and the driving force behind its purchase of the Union Bay Post office and the restoration of the Union Bay old Gaol House.  Janette’s leadership and inspiration has motivated others to join with her in ensuring the preservation of Union Bay’s history and its important buildings.


Gordon Hall, Pitt Meadows

Gordon Hall, a first year student at the University of Northern British Columbia, was known at Maple Ridge Secondary school for his commitment to the betterment of both the student body and community as a whole. Gordon is a role model for youth through his active volunteering in the areas of physical fitness, literacy, fundraising and environment.   


Patrick Kelly, Vancouver

Patrick Kelly, a member of Leq'amel in the Sto:lo Nation, has a 34-year history of community involvement and public service. Working with BC Hydro and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Patrick facilitated relationships with First Nations. Appointed a Lay Bencher with the Law Society of BC in 2002, Patrick has also served his First Nation community, the Mission area, the BC Buildings Corporation, and Vancouver Community College.


Jim Kojima, Richmond

For 55 years, Jim Kojima has been active in Steveston as volunteer and community leader. From the Steveston Community Centre, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, Richmond Minoru Senior Centre, Richmond Sister City Committee, and Richmond Seniors Games to his lifelong commitment to the judo community, Jim’s contributions have impacted residents of all ages.


James MacCarthy, West Vancouver

James MacCarthy’s drive and energy have made a significant and lasting contribution to his North Shore community. James has participated on the West Vancouver Memorial Library Board and Foundation, the Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce. He has been instrumental in the success of the Coho Society of the North Shore and particularly its programs for its schools.


Susan Maile, Quesnel

For 40 years, Susan Maile has been committed to the well being of Quesnel through her many years of service to the GR Baker Memorial Hospital and its Auxiliary, its blood donor clinic, and its CT scanner committee. Susan initiated and co-ordinated the Meals on Wheels program serving seniors throughout Quesnel.


William (Bill) McMichael, Vancouver

Bill McMichael works for positive change in the Renfrew Collingwood community of Vancouver through involvement in Collingwood Neighbourhood House and its programs and through civic committees focused on healthy neighbourhoods. Bill also promotes literacy and the settlement of new immigrants as part of his commitment to inclusion and diversity.


Don Montgomery, Richmond

Don Montgomery is a leader in Metro Vancouver’s multicultural community. Through his work at the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, Don promotes Asian-Canadian culture and cultural harmony. Don has also been an active volunteer in civic and provincial committees that bridge cultures and support co-operation.


Dawn Nedzelski, Saanichton

Dawn Nedzelski’s vision, leadership and collaborative approach at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, as manager of the acute care unit and palliative care nursing and now as site director, have effected positive changes for patients and staff in the delivery of health care in Saanich. Dawn serves the community as a leader in the Saanich 4-H Horse Club.


Nick Panos, Vancouver

Nick Panos has been a community supporter in the Vancouver neighbourhood of Kitsilano. A member of the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce, Nick has been involved in the early stages of the Greek Day Festival as the founder and chairman. He serves as president of the Hellenic Community of Vancouver and also president of the National and Provincial Hellenic Canadian Congress.


Lui Passaglia, Coquitlam

Lui Passaglia initiated programs on behalf of the BC Lions that benefit children of all ages in the fields of literacy, fitness and positive life decisions. The Read, Write and Roar program and the Lions in the House program continue today as his legacies. Lui currently serves on committees for the BC Lions Celebrity Golf Classic and the Orange Helmet Awards Dinner, raising funds for community programs.


Connie Peters, Abbotsford

Connie Peters co-ordinates an important outreach program for single moms in her community called Open Door and extends her support for the participants by providing assistance whenever necessary. She is known as a role model throughout her community, and her contributions have positively impacted the lives of individuals and benefited the community of Abbotsford.


Marjorie Phelps, Kitimat

Marjorie Phelps stands out for her active support of organizations, events and people in her community. Marjorie chairs the local Canadian Citizenship Council, has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society and serves as the president of the Food Bank. Marjorie meets the needs of her community in kind, considerate and imaginative ways.


Marylynn Rakuson, Warfield

Marylynn Rakuson creates opportunities for better healthcare in B.C.’s interior community of Trail. An active member of Trail Hospital Auxiliary, Marylynn has spearheaded positive initiatives through the Trail Community Health Council, cancer related organizations, Interior Health Clinical Ethics Committee, disabilities organizations and as area representative for the West Kootenay Boundary Hospital Auxiliaries for the Health Association of B.C.


John Ridley, Burnaby

John Ridley has a passion for helping others and building community. John has been instrumental in the production and promotion of Miracle Weekend, rallying his colleagues and the community in support of this BC Children’s Hospital annual fundraising event. John has served on the boards of Variety, the Children’s Charity and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Canada.


Thomas (Arden) Robertson, Surrey

Arden Robertson has been a volunteer chaplain at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children for 50 years, where he interacts with the children, their families and the staff with dignity and respect. Arden has also dedicated more than 30 years to the Chapel Volunteer Group in the Pacific Region’s federal prisons.


Muriel Stanley, Dawson Creek

Muriel Stanley advocates for people affected by dementia. Twenty years ago, Muriel helped establish the first Alzheimer’s Support Group in Dawson Creek, an organization which has served as a model for other communities. She is the support and education co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and serves her region with unwavering passion and commitment.


Joe Sullivan, Hazelton

From 1986 to 2001, Joe Sullivan dedicated countless volunteer hours as wrestling coach and fundraiser at Hazelton Secondary School. Joe saw sport as a way to build self-esteem and to encourage his students to strive for a high level of achievement. Joe’s efforts in coaching have produced two Canadian Olympic athletes.


Gurdeep Sundher, Victoria

A pioneer in the Indo-Canadian community in Victoria, Gurdeep Sundher has devoted 50 years to promoting tolerance and understanding. Gurdeep has been an extraordinary volunteer in her community, serving on civic committees, the India Canada Cultural Association and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria.


Sian Thomson, Campbell River

Sian Thomson has contributed to the community of Campbell River and North Vancouver Island through her work with youth, seniors, men, women and families, living in poverty and with disabilities. In 1995, Sian established Justice, Advocacy, Dignity and Empowerment (JADE) which has become a respected and effective community organization for such issues as homelessness, poverty and physical/mental challenges.


Elizabeth Wolak, Vancouver

Elizabeth Wolak is a pioneer in building the musical traditions of Vancouver’s Jewish community. Since the 1960s, Elizabeth has founded a number of choral groups including Shiron Singers, a group dedicated to preserving and sharing the cultural richness of Jewish music. Through her volunteer choral work, Elizabeth has enriched the lives of many.


Yosef Wosk, Vancouver

Dr. Yosef Wosk is the director of interdisciplinary programs in the department of continuing studies at Simon Fraser University and founder of both the Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars and SFU’s Philosophers’ Café. Yosef is a generous philanthropist supporting education, libraries, museums and programs enriching the intellectual and artistic fabric of the community.


Martin (Marty) Zlotnik, Vancouver

For over 40 years, Marty Zlotnik has contributed to the success and development of UBC Athletic programs. As well, Marty has served as chair of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, co-chair of the Greater Vancouver Open, chair of Kids Up Front Foundation and is a founding director of Kids First Sports Foundation.








Bridgitte Anderson

Press Secretary

Office of the Premier

604 307-7177

Nora Newlands

Executive Director

British Columbia Achievement Foundation

604 261-3348


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