Celebrating PoCo’s Top Volunteers

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The annual Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards hosted by Kevin Lim were held Friday night. This year’s winners are:

  • Bea Kelly – Lifetime Volunteer
  • Jan Borge – Youth Programs
  • Josh Wahl – Sports & Recreation
  • Terry Sawchenk – Environment
  • Ann Huntley – Caring & Safety
  • Nikki Hillman – Arts, Culture & Heritage
  • Justin Bains – PoCo Youth

 

 

City of PoCo on Twitter

Excited to be celebrating our incredible volunteers tonight for all they do to make #portcoquitlam stronger! #NationalVolunteerWeek #giveback #thankyou

City of PoCo on Twitter

Kicking off the celebrations with entertainment by @tristankitezone https://t.co/ykItg5g2S7

Greg Moore on Twitter

Tonight we celebrate the amazing @CityofPoCo volunteers – 2018 Volunteer Recognition Awards and Tribute, Volunteers Help Us Soar.

City of PoCo on Twitter

Treating our volunteers to some laughs by PoCo’s own @KevinLimOnAir! #pocoproud #NVW2018

City of PoCo on Twitter

We’re kicking of the awards with the U21 category. Congrats to our winner Justin Bains, who volunteered over 200 hours this year. #NVW2018 #pocoyouth

City of PoCo on Twitter

Kudos to Nikki Hillman winner of our Arts, Heritage & Cultural awareness award for her volunteer work supporting arts in our community. #NVW2018 #pocoarts

City of PoCo on Twitter

Congrats to Anne Huntley winner of our Caring & Safety award for her work at Wilson Centre Seniors Centre. #NVW2018 #pocothanksyou

City of PoCo on Twitter

Terry Sawchenko is the winner of our Environmental Protection & Enhancement award for his work Hyde Creek Watershed Society – Congrats! #NVW2018 #pocoenvironment

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Congrats to Josh Wahl, the winner of the Sports & Recreation award for giving back thousands of hrs coaching local sports. #NVW2018 #pocosports

City of PoCo on Twitter

Kudos to Jan Borge, the winner of our Youth Programs award for his volunteer work with @PoCoScouts. #NVW2018 #pocoyouth

City of PoCo on Twitter

Our last award, Lifetime Volunteer, goes to Bea Kelly for making lives better & being an inspiration to many for over 34 years. Thank you & Congrats! #NVW2018 #pocovolunteer

City of PoCo on Twitter

That’s a wrap! Thank you to all our winners, nominees & all our volunteers who tirelessly give their time and energy to our community to make it a better place ! #NVW2018 #pocovolunteer https://t.co/R61dymV3Cq

City of PoCo on Twitter

Finally thank you to @FortisBC for sponsoring our Annual Volunteer Awards Tribute for 20 years – your support is invaluable! #NVW2018 #pocovolunteer

AWARDS NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS PORT COQUITLAM VOLUNTEERS

Over 200 people gathered at the Port Coquitlam Community Recreation Complex on Friday night to celebrate Port Coquitlam’s volunteers, laugh and mingle at the City’s annual volunteer awards night.

Seven awards were handed out at the Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards & Tribute evening, which featured entertainment from the Rock-it Men: Dueling Pianos and Kitezone Entertainment. The evening was emceed by award-winning radio host Kevin Lim.

“Volunteers selflessly give their time, talent and energy to make Port Coquitlam a better place,” Mayor Greg Moore said at the event. “This award night is our way of saying thank you and showing appreciation for all that volunteers do to help our community soar to new heights.”

A total of 45 people were nominated this year in the seven award categories, and all were invited to Friday’s celebration along with other community volunteers. Fortis BC sponsored the event for the 20th year. This year’s theme was Volunteers Help Us Soar.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have so many hard-working volunteers in Port Coquitlam,” said Cllr. Glenn Pollock, who chairs the city’s Healthy Community Committee. “Thank you to our volunteers for everything they do for our community.”

2018 Award Recipients
Awards were presented in the following categories. Photos from the event are posted at www.portcoquitlam.ca/volunteerawards.

Lifetime Volunteer – Honours individuals who have dedicated many years to improving the community of Port Coquitlam through their volunteer efforts.

Award Recipient – Beatrice Kelly

Since moving to Port Coquitlam over 23 years ago, Beatrice Kelly has been a spirited resident and an active volunteer in a many areas. She has deep ties to the City, matched by her commitment to improving the lives of women and girls.

She was a charter member of Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities, serving as its first club president in Port Coquitlam in 1999. Under her mentorship, this service organization has grown to be the largest chapter in Canada, and has served women and girls in Port Coquitlam for almost 20 years. She has served on the board in every capacity, has chaired every committee at one time, has led major fundraisers, and has served on the regional board for Western Canada.

She’s volunteered with the Port Coquitlam Heritage Society, the Women’s Centre, Wilson Centre, Evergreen Cultural Centre, Blind Sport Association, Crossroads Hospice Society, the Kinsmen Teddy Bear Picnic and UNICEF. Even today, she plans and serves meals at a monthly meal and social program.

Arts, Heritage and Cultural Awareness – Preserves and celebrates Port Coquitlam’s past and shares our community heritage with others; promotes the arts and cultural development of our community.

Nominees – Bill Atfield, Colin Craig, Devyn Giordano, Nikki Hillman, Donna McKinnon-Heide, Ray Melville, Jas Qualitz and Terry Villeneuve

Award Recipient – Nikki Hillman

Nikki Hillman is active with the Friends of Leigh Square, has founded several local writers’ projects, helped with the kids’ banner project and recently wrote and edited a children’s book for the Port Coquitlam Heritage Society.

Caring and Safety – Enhances and promotes the community through caring actions and outstanding acts of humanitarianism; contributes towards making Port Coquitlam a safer place for residents of all ages.

Nominees – Andrew Carroll, Harriette Chang, Tessa Chiu, Roxanna Ferdowsi, Darren Galer, Anne Huntley, Bea Kelly, Jenn Lazar, Carmin Lemon, Ann Pratt, Robert Sierakowski, Phillip Stuart, Jeanette Tsai and Wendy Yates

Award Recipient – Anne Huntley

Anne Huntley is a founding member and president of the Wilson Centre Seniors Advisory Association. She dedicates more than 1000 hours each year to supporting seniors and is a longtime active Lions Club member and community volunteer.

Environmental Protection and Enhancement – Demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the promotion and preservation of Port Coquitlam’s natural environment for present and future generations.

Nominees – Sperrill Chambers, Connie Reichelsdorfer, Terry Sawchenko

Award Recipient – Terry Sawchenko

Terry Sawchenko is a longtime volunteer for the Hyde Creek Watershed Society and current hatchery manager who has dedicated countless hours over the years to numerous leadership roles as well as hands-on work.

Sports and Recreation – Enhances the quality of physical activity in Port Coquitlam; contributes to the management and/or operations of a sports or recreation activity; demonstrates outstanding dedication to Port Coquitlam’s sports and recreation community.

Nominees – Ashley Aujla, Mike Carkner, Joe Collins, Ben Felling, Rick Spencer, Neela Trotter, Josh Wahl 

Award Recipient – Josh Wahl

Josh Wahl dedicates thousands of hours a year to local sports, from leadership roles to coaching number lacrosse and hockey teams at the same time. He is currently the president of PoCo Minor Lacrosse.

Youth Programs – An individual who supports Port Coquitlam’s youth through the development, provision and/or participation in youth programs and activities (excluding amateur athletics).

Nominees – Jan Borge, Kurt Chelsberg, Ron Goyette and Adam Rayburn
Award Recipient  – Jan Borge

Jan Borge has been active in local scouting for over 15 years, volunteering 500 hours in the past year in leadership roles (including as the Group Commissioner), planning activities, fundraising and whatever tasks needs doing.

U21 (Youth Under 21) – Reserved for the recognition of a Port Coquitlam youth, under the age of 21, who has demonstrated a commitment to our community and has made extraordinary volunteer contributions in any of the categories above.

Nominees – Justin Bains, Monica Bassili, Karyn Cholette, Kiarra Murray, Telka Pesklevits, Ashton Ramsay, Aradia Faire Reid, Katie Salvador, Hana Yang

Award Recipient – Justin Bains

Justin Bains has volunteered 200 plus hours in the past year visiting seniors at Hawthorne Care Centre, as a wayfinding volunteer at Royal Columbian Hospital and as the youngest person to volunteer at Crossroads Hospice Society. He is also a volunteer tutor.

A special recognition was also given to Harvey Maruk for being a good neighbor by helping clear sidewalks after every snowfall to help his neighbours get around safely.

A panel of the previous recipients selected this year’s recipients in all categories except for Lifetime Volunteer, which is selected by City Council. Each recipient received an etched glass award and their names are engraved on the honour rolls displayed at City Hall.

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