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Fred Macklin Memorial Award
Man of the Year

Award History

Fred Macklin served Kelowna in many ways throughout his life. He was the secretary treasurer of School District #23 from 1956 to 1974, and from 1976 to 1984, he was a City of Kelowna Alderman. Fred Macklin was also seconded by the Ministry of Education to consult on education finance for two years. He was chairman of many organizations including the Kelowna Parks and Recreation Committee, Labour Relations Board, the City Transit Management Committee and the BC Transit Council of BC. He was also Director and Chairman of the Public Employees Council of BC.  Fred also served as the Honorary Treasurer of the Okanagan Regional Library Board. Fred passed away in 1984.

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to a man in recognition of his outstanding voluntary contributions and community service to the city of Kelowna. Activities may be related to arts and culture, business, commerce, education, humanities, medical and recreation.
  • Selections are based on the nominee's achievements and contributions throughout 2016.
  • Past volunteer information may be included, but the nomination should focus on the current award year.  
  • Nominees must not have personally benefited from their activities, nor should the contributions be considered part of their normal employment or job responsibilities.

Nominate a deserving individual for Man of the Year. online nomination / pdf nomination

2015 Fred Macklin Memorial Award Recipient

Raghwa Gopal


Maybe someone forgot to explain to Raghwa that retirement was supposed to mean you started taking it a little easier. Instead, Raghwa volunteered over 2,000 hours last year for organizations ranging from Project Literacy and Okanagan College, to the Women’s Enterprise Society and the Rotary Club of Kelowna.

As a director on the Okanagan College Foundation Board and member of the Capital Campaign Committee, he helped raise $7 million to support the new Trades Complex at Okanagan College. He has judged the Western Business competition and given guest lectures at the College plus he belongs to their Computer Science Program Advisory Committee. He’s a Business Advisory board member for Enactus and a member of the Investment Review Committee for Venture Okanagan.

In his “spare time” Raghwa acts as vice-president of Project Literacy and helped judge the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. He’s a member of the Leadership Cabinet of United Way and is co-chairing a BC Cancer fundraiser with a goal of $100,000. 

For fun, he mentors students at UBC Okanagan and is vice-president elect of the Rotary Club. He’s a director of Volinspire and last year volunteered with Central Okanagan Economic Development and Community Futures as well.

Past Recipients of the Award

2015 - Raghwa Gopal
2014 - David Krysko
2013 - Sean Pihl
2012 - Ken Thompson
2011 - Paul Nesbitt
2010 - Thomas Budd
2009 - Vern Neilson
2008 - Ron Rubadeau
2007 - Walter Gray
2006 - Ian Graham
2005 - Steve Tuck
2004 - Ken Campbell
2003 - Mel Kotler
2002 - Clarence Johnson
2001 - Peter Nahirnak
2000 - Walter Hut/Bren Witt
1999 - Tom Smithwick

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