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City announces Civic Awards finalists
Mar. 05, 2012
Recipients revealed Thurs. April 19
The quality of entries for the 37th Annual Civic and Community Awards made the selection of this year's finalists very challenging. These awards are the City of Kelowna's premier awards event dedicated to recognizing volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders through nine categories and 12 awards.

"We have once again received exceptional nominations in each of our award categories," says Jim Gabriel, Director of Recreation and Cultural Services. "The success of this event relates directly to public participation and showcases how inspired we are as a community. Kelowna can be proud of its residents, businesses and organizations that have made a significant difference by enhancing the lives of others and making our city a better place to live."

Due to the number and quality of nominations for the Corporate Community Award category, the City has spilt the category into two: small/medium business and large business. These categories will remain in place going forward.

"We felt that to properly recognize the contributions of businesses across the city, it was necessary to split the category. Not only do we now get to recognize three additional businesses but it gives smaller companies, which tend to be owned locally, a chance to be recognized for what they do," says Gabriel.

2011 award finalists by category are:

Teen Honour in the Arts

Isabel Donati-Simmons

Hayley Manlove

Wyatt Slattery

Honour in the Arts

Nathan Flavel

Sylvie Lange

Julia Trops

Young Female of the Year

Tanveer Gill

Heather Halperin

Anna Leitch

Young Male of the Year

Terry Lee

Mitchell McCullough

Patrick Seitzinger

The Central Okanagan Foundation, Volunteer Organization of the Year

Inn from the Cold - Kelowna

Kelowna Community Food Bank

Now Canada Society

Woman of the Year - Sarah Donalda-Treadgold Memorial Award

Marie Ablett

Doris Borkowsky

Luciana Wilcox

Man of the Year - Fred Macklin Memorial Award

Fred Missal

Paul Nesbitt

Alex Recsky

Corporate Community of the Year - Small/Medium Business

CIBC Wood Gundy

Quality Greens - Kelowna Store

The Woman's Place Fitness Centre

Corporate Community of the Year - Large Business

BDO Canada LLP

BMO - Kelowna Branch

Cedar Creek Estate Winery

Bob Giordano Memorial Award

Dino Gini

Richard Montgomery

Tony Sodaro

Bryan Couling Memorial Award

Kelowna Christian School Knights Senior Girls Volleyball Team

Kelowna Secondary School AAAA Volleyball

UBCO Men's Volleyball Team

Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Female

Justine Drosdovech

Kaitlynn Given

Rachel Penner

Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Male

Mitchell Goodwin

Michael Lee

Trevor Swaisland

Athlete of the Year - Female

Malindi Elmore

Kelsey Serwa

Emma Tucker

Athlete of the Year - Male

Stephen Doege

Keefer Joyce

Robert LaRue

Award recipients from each category will be revealed on Thursday, April 19 as part of the gala ceremony taking place at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Tickets will be available March 12 at a cost of $25 per person. To purchase tickets, please contact the Cultural Services office at 250-469-8811.

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