10th Annual Community Awards take place Thursday night

Mayor's Citizen of the Year for 2016, Sterling Middleton. Photo by Montana Cumming

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John’s 10th annual Community Awards will be taking place tomorrow night at the Lido Theatre.

There are a total of 49 Fort St. John residents nominated for six awards at the gala. Special guest speakers at the event include two-time Stanley Cup Winner Mark Hartigan, and Taylor Devos, the founder of 1 Kid Making a Difference.

Five residents are nominated for the City`s Cultural Award, which was won by Evelyn Sim of the North Peace Historical Society in 2016. The nominees are:

  • Kim Livingstone
  • Russell Eggleston
  • Rob Brown
  • Kevin Smith
  • Pat Ferris

Seventeen residents are nominated for the Recreation Award, which recognizes an individual or a group for their volunteer efforts in the promotion, organization, support, and/or motivation of sports, recreation, and leisure pursuits including healthy and active living. Fort St. John Flyers President Paul Van Nostrand won the award in 2016. The nominees are:

  • Jennifer Hammond – North Peace Gymnastic Association Board of Directors
  • April Spurn
  • Phil Hiscock
  • Kari Brown John
  • Jaime Hotte
  • Neil Evans
  • Bethany Roy
  • Jessica Bookham
  • Geoff Bough
  • Pamela Sandberg
  • Justin Donally and Tosha Mytron – Fivestar Mixed Martial Arts
  • Bo Hedges
  • Denni Hetman
  • Dan & Jaimelia Turner
  • Kevin Shead
  • Todd Alexander
  • Lee Hartman

Morgan Churchill, Adam Kelderman, and Darlene Conley are the three nominees for the Literacy Award, which is awarded to recognize the special contributions of an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution towards promoting in areas including literacy, language, multiculturalism and community issues in Fort St. John. The winner of the award in 2016 was Jane Drew.

The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual or a group of volunteers whose actions, commitment, volunteer leadership, service and community spirit have made a difference in the lives of those in the community. Tony Warriner with the Evangel Chapel won the 2016 award. This year, the nominees are:

  • Lani Belcher
  • Jeanette Johnston – Pheonix Volunteer Club
  • Bonita Fuson
  • Jaime Hottee
  • Alan Yu
  • Scott Wisdahl
  • Phallon Stoutenburg
  • Brian Lamond
  • Faisal Rashid
  • Brian Kirschner
  • Sylvia Lane
  • Lise Klassen
  • Lani Belchner – On Our Way Home Animal Rescue
  • Oliver Mott

Tichia Davis, Mallorie Lawrence, Aiden Isenbecker, Mustafa Faisal, Mohammed Faisal, Jeridyn Loewen, and Desirae Wiebe are nominated for the City`s Youth Award, which is given to an individual under the age of 19 who has made a positive contribution to the community on a volunteer basis such as developing a project, serving on a committee and/or other volunteer work with organizations and groups

Finally, the Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award recognizes an individual that has achieved positive notoriety outside our community for their actions, is recognized as leaders or role models by their peers, or has won international, national, or provincial titles or awards for their efforts. The winner of the award in 2016 was Sterling Middleton, with May Apsassin winning a Special Recognition award.

The following individuals have been nominated for the award in 2017:

  • Jeanette Johnston
  • Alan Yu – FSJ for LNG
  • Sterling Middleton
  • Steven Cooper
  • Cindy Dettling
  • Trudy and Wolf Korfmann
  • Adam Reaburn
  • Bernardo Fabia Salinas
  • Kim Livingstone
  • Faisal Rashid
  • Bo Hedges
  • Raven Pruden – Engage Fitness

The 2017 Community Awards are set to begin at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

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