Community Awards handed out Wednesday evening

Photo:  Lori Slater and her daughter watch the Courage to Come Back video tribute to Lori – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca

Members of the community came together Wednesday evening to honour those who support the community of Fort St. John.

The 2nd annual Community Awards were held at the Pomeroy Hotel, with a total of 27 people, groups or businesses receiving awards. Some of the highlights include Theresa Walsh receiving the Citizen of the Year Award for her countless hours volunteering in the community. Theresa was also recognized for her dedication to the Fort St. John Branch of the Canadian Cancer Society, which she started 56 years ago.

The Chamber also handed out awards for Best Business of the Year. Quizno’s picked up the award for Best Business with less than 15 employees and Arctech Welding and Machining won Best Business with over 16 employees.

For a complete list of awards winners see the list below.

The highlight of the evening came when Mayor Lantz handed out the Mayor’s Award of Excellence too four people. The first three went to students Dylan Kassian, Jacquie Gulevich and Taneille Johnson. All of these students competed in National or International Science Fairs.

The fourth award of excellence went to Lori Slater. Earlier this year, Lori received a Provincial Courage to Come Back Award. She was unable to attend the ceremony in Vancouver and so a moving tribute which was produced for the Courage to Come Back Awards ceremony was shown at the Community Awards.

This was the first time Lori had seen the video that highlighted her life and dedication to making our community more accessible for those with a disability.

In total over 50 people were nominated for Community Awards. 

Other Award Winners at the 2nd Annual Community Awards

Artist of the Year :
Mike Kroecher;

Athlete of the Year Youth Female:
Darlene Jakubowski;

Athlete of the Year Adult Female:
Kirby Dreher;

Athlete of the Year Senior Female:
Irene Large

Environmental Benefactor of the Year:
N.E.A.T;

Corporate Citizen of the Year:
CNRL

Volunteer Organization of the Year:
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 102

Citizen of the Year:
Theresa Walsh

Social Action & Justice:
North Peace Secondary School Students

Art & Culture Person of the Year:
Heather Hannaford 

Corporate Environmental Benefactor of the Year:
Kal Tire – both organizations were selected joint award

Rempel’s Automotive Ltd.

Family Friendly Business:
North Peace Savings & Credit Union

Best Business of the Year (up to 15 employees):
Quiznos

Youth Volunteer of the Year:
Shiane Sells

Athlete of the Year Adult Male:
Delano Kjos

Best Business of the Year (16 + employees):
Arctech Welding & Machining Ltd.

Performing Artist of the Year:
Morris Holmes

Cultural Person of the Year:
Rosemary Landry

Accessibility Award:
Ray Archambeault

Sportsperson of the Year:
Tony Almieda

Making A Difference Award:
Julie Ludwinowski 

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