Fred Macklin Memorial Award - Man of the Year
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.
- 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 2017.
- 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.
2017 Fred Macklin Memorial Award Recipient
Finding a bag of cookies in your grocer’s office isn’t strange, but finding the same bag there months later, unopened is. Hmmm.....
As owner of Peter’s Your Independent Grocer, Peter regularly donates food to the Gospel Mission, Food Bank, National Volunteer Week, Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair and more. He can literally stretch a dollar by turning one dollar into three dollars worth of food for items purchased by the Food Bank.
Peter sits on KCR Resources board and regularly supports Project Literacy, Heart & Stroke, Metis Community Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Central Okanagan Hospice and the Okanagan Caribbean Festival.
In 2017 he was presented the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Newcomer Employment award by Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship because more than 22% of Peter’s 200 staff members are immigrants. Peter also employs more than a dozen people with diverse abilities.
And then there’s that bag of cookies....
For the past four years, Peter has gathered hundreds of used book from throughout the community and hosted a book sale, raising over $1000 annually, which he donates to literacy programs. The cookies were a thank-you gift from a child for the books that made a summer reading program possible.
- 2017 - Gary Benson
- 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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