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Young Female Volunteer of the Year Award

Award Criteria

  • Nominees must be between the ages of 13 and 19 as of December 13, 2016.
  • Awarded to a young female in recognition of her outstanding voluntary contributions to the city of Kelowna. Contributions may be related to recreation, the arts, education, humanities, community service, and/or medical/business/commerce fields.
  • Selections are based on the nominees achievements/contributions for the year 2016.
  • Past information may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Finalist selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package.

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

The three successful finalists will receive funding towards their post secondary goals from the Dillon Thomas Budd Youth Scholarship - $1,000 for the award recipient and $500 for each of the two finalists. 
Sponsored by the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation.

2015 Young Female of the Year Award Recipient

Maya Gay


Maya’s passion for leadership began in Grade nine when she became secretary of the OKM Rotary Interact Club. Elected Vice President the following two years, she is now President. As such, she’s initiated their Adopt a Block program, organized multiple food drives and helped raise thousands of dollars for both local and international charities. She is also president of her grad class and contributes to the school’s yearbook, field hockey team and musical theatre program.

Outside school walls, she has been volunteering at Metro Community for the past two years and convinced her school’s Interact Club to start Metro Monday’s whereby a team from the school goes each week to help feed the homeless. In spring 2015, was part of a ten day mission trip to Los Angeles’ skid row where she prayed and provided a spa for the downtrodden. She also volunteers regularly at her church.

As co-creator of the Basecamp Card Company, she earned first place in School District #23’s Dragon’s Den competition as well as the Ledcore Group Rural Company of the Year, the Keg Spirit Foundation Next Generation Leader’s award and was chosen to participate in both The Next Big Thing 2015 and Meta Bridge Business Conference.


Past Recipients of the Award

2015 - Maya Gay
2014 - Thish Rajapakshe
2013 - Pauline Schrott
2012 - Kelsi Taron
2011 - Tanveer Gill
2010 - Danielle Heinzlemann
2009 - Jessica LeNoble
2008 - Sasha Gronsdahl
2007 - Brianna Beaudry
2006 - Caitlyn Slavik
2005 - Christa Hoy
2004 - Kelly O'Connor
2003 - Rachel Leier
2002 - Teryn Buna
2001 - Brenna Black
2000 - Jacqueline Collins
1999 - Sarah Carson 

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