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Champion for the Environment Award

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to an individual and a business whose actions and achievements have shown outstanding environmental leadership or innovative environmental contributions, having a direct benefit on the city of Kelowna.
  • Selections are based on environmental contributions for the year 2016.
  • Past information and history of environmental contributions may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package. 

Nominate a deserving individual or business for Champion of the Environment. online nomination / pdf nomination

2015 Champion of the Environment Recipients

Hugh Westheuser


Since its creation in 1990, Hugh has served as a director of the Central Okanagan Land Trust, with 15 of those years as president. He has also been an active member with the Central Okanagan Naturalists Club since the '80s. His understanding of the land is so vast that he is often consulted by the City of Kelowna and others organizations for his knowledge.

He’s been involved in such projects as the Maude Roxby Marsh, Chicester Pond and the Mission Creek Greenway.

Hugh’s latest project has been the naturalization of Munson Pond – a cause he dedicated much of his time to in 2015. From site visits to determine trail locations to community liaison and volunteer planting events, Hugh breathed life into the project.

Hugh was asked to be part of a team headed by UBCO professor Laura Hooker to do the first fish survey work on Munson Pond in order to begin to develop the supporting data for the project.

Hugh is also initiating the first flora and fauna inventory of Munson Pond, helping to build interest and support to create another land preserve to be enjoyed by future generations.

Unless Market


Unless someone like you
cares a whole lot
Nothing is going to get better
It’s not.


The wise words of Dr. Seuss in his book The Lorax were the inspiration for Sarah Coffee to create the Unless Market, which opened in September 2015. The concept behind Unless Market is to help people buy locally made, eco-friendly products.

Inside the store you’ll find Little Creek salad dressing which was made on the Westside, and local organic eggs along with woven felt hats, unique clothing and jewelry. You’ll also find products made out of reclaimed wood, glass and fabric along with other crafts made of natural fibres, beeswax and wood.

Sarah offers her customers the option of bringing in their own glass containers for refills of some products and in 2015 gave workshops on how to create things with reclaimed materials. She also created and sold unique custom painted rain barrels made from previously used food-grade plastic containers.

She created Okanagan Little Ones when she couldn’t find locally made organic baby food and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, which she puts to use in educating others who enter her store.

Past Recipients of the Award

2015 - Hugh Westheuser (Individual) 
2015 - Unless Market (Business)
2014 - Casey Hamilton (Individual)
2014 - 1-800-GOT-JUNK (Business)
2013 - Judie Steeves (Individual)
2013 - House of Rose Winery (Business)
2012 - Michael Ross (Individual)
2012 - Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites (Business)

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