Two more local volunteers to be honoured

Hot on the heels of former mayor Larry White being awarded a Medal of Good Citizenship, two more Tumbler Ridge residents are being honoured for their commitment to the community.

Patsy Antle is being awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

This award recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country and celebrates a wide range of voluntary contributions.

The medal is awarded by the Crown and is part of the Canadian Honours System. The program has incorporated and replaced the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, which was created in 1995, by then-Governor General the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers “recognizes living Canadians who have made a significant, sustained and unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Non-Canadians are also eligible if their contribution brings benefit or honour to Canadians or to Canada.”

As of press time, it was as yet unreleased when and where the medal would be awarded.

On April 26, Birgit Sharman will be joining 25 other British Columbians at a ceremony at Government House in Victoria.

Sharman is one of the recipients of the BC Community Achievement Awards.

“What makes British Columbia a great place to call home is the generosity, dedication and commitment of British Columbians,” says Premier Christie Clark in announcing the awards. “Thank you to the 2017 recipients for always going the extra mile for your communities and your province.”

An independent committee selects the recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. The 2017 selection committee members are Mayor Jack Froese of the Township of Langley, Mayor Carol Leclerc of the City of Terrace and past recipients, Sue Bauman of Vancouver, Ragwah Gopal of Kelowna and David Young of Vancouver.

The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed by the province of BC to celebrate excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service.