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Nominees announced for 2021 Fort St. John Community Awards

City looks to highlight acts of kindness through Covid-19 pandemic
Winners from the 2018 Fort St. John Community Awards.

More than 30 nominees have been named for this year's Fort St. John Community Awards.

The 14th annual ceremony will take place online April 29, with the theme Acts of Kindness: A Reflection on Covid-19. 

“The community award program is a unique opportunity for city council to celebrate the talents, dedication, and generosity of outstanding citizens, businesses, athletes, and volunteers whose contributions work to enrich the lives of those living in Fort St. John,” said Coun. Tony Zabinsky.

Zabinsky was part of this year's awards committee, which also includes Coun. Byron Stewart, Community Services Director Karin Carlson, and Community Development Co-ordinator Naomi Gallant.

Here are the nominees:

Youth Award

The Youth Award recognizes an individual or youth group who has made a positive contribution to the community on a volunteer basis such as developing a project, serving on a committee or other volunteer work with organizations and groups.

Nominees are Adrian Bueckert and Kelsey-Lee Bueckert.

Humanitarian Award

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. Nominees are:

  • Audielicious

  • Jon Gosselin

  • Maxine Mease

  • Marian and the Custodian Staff at Anne Roberts Young Elementary

  • Northern Sun Helpers Society

  • Marie Parkin

  • Carrie Lessing

  • JoJo Gerow

  • Christopher Herriot

  • Rita Schonewille

  • Telitha Nielsen

  • Ruth Ann Darnall

  • Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society

  • Eric Tobler

Recreation and Sport Award

The Recreation Award recognizes an individual or group for their volunteer efforts in the promotion, organization, support, or motivation of sports, recreation, and leisure pursuits, including healthy and active living. Nominees are: 

  • Phil Hiscock

  • The Sweat Box

  • Chantelle Yates

Arts and Culture Award

The Arts & Culture Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization for their community contribution, expressed through literacy, visual or performing arts, cultural diversity or heritage education. Nominees are: 

  • Tom Cole

  • Rosemary Landry

  • Cassandra Mervyn

Business Award

The Business Award recognizes the distinguishing contributions of an individual, business or non-profit organization toward areas including, and not limited to; social innovation, mentorship, or investing in the community of Fort St. John. Nominees are: 

  • Best Performance Sports Training

  • Alaska Avenue Dental Clinic

  • Vector Geomatics Land Surveying

  • Northwest Hearing Services

  • Fort Motors

  • Wings of Care - Home Care Solutions 

  • Fort St. John Public Library Association

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual’s remarkable contributions and dedication to the community. Their contributions have improved the quality of life for citizens or brought positive recognition to Fort St. John. Nominees are: 

  • Dr. W. H. Brussow

  • Sue Popesku

Mayor’s Citizen of the Year

The Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award recognizes an individual that has achieved positive notoriety outside our community for their actions, is known as a leader or role model by their peers or has won international, national, or provincial titles or awards for their efforts. Nominees are: 

  • COVID-19 Seniors Task Force Team

  • Patrick Patterson

  • Bess Legault

The awards will be streamed online April 29 at 7 p.m. on the city’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

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