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The 47th Annual Civic & Community Awards

The City of Kelowna's Civic & Community Awards recognize outstanding contributions and achievements in our city each year. The award program includes categories for youth, artists, athletes, volunteers, businesses and volunteer organizations. The 47th annual awards  recognize and celebrate those who brought positive recognition to our city in 2021. 

Learn more about the top three category finalists for the 47th annual Civic & Community Awards on YouTube or by clicking the categories below. Winners were announced on April 28th at the awards gala at the Laurel Packinghouse, congratulations to all the finalists and winners!

Nominations for the 48th annual Civic & Community Awards will open in fall 2022. 

Award categories
Honour in the Arts Awards

Teen Honour in the Arts
Sponsored by UBC Okanagan
Awarded to a youth who has made an outstanding contribution in Kelowna through cultural and/or artistic efforts.

Finalists: 

  • Alex Xiao
  • Scotty Berg
  • Dryden Bennett - winner

 

    The Teen Honour in the Arts award recipient will also receive a $500 entrance scholarship for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies or other selected UBCO faculty.  

    Honour in the Arts
    Supported by ArtsCo
    Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in Kelowna through cultural and/or artistic efforts. 

    Finalists: 

    • Cole Mash
    • Jennifer Money - winner
    • Mike Schell

      Citizens of the Year Awards

      Fred Macklin and Sarah Donalda-Treadgold Memorial Citizen of the Year
      Sponsored by Fortis BC
      Awarded to a citizen in recognition of their overall outstanding voluntary contributions to Kelowna. 

      Finalists: 

      • Michelle Droettboom
      • Lloyd Nelson - winner
      • Bernie Ryan

      Young Citizen of the Year
      Sponsored by Crowe MacKay
      Awarded to a young citizen in recognition of their overall outstanding voluntary contributions to Kelowna. 

      Finalists: 

      • Keira Dail
      • David Withler - winner
      • Brooke Driscoll

      Finalists in this category will receive funding towards their post-secondary goals through the Payton and Dillon Budd Memorial Fund Youth Scholarship. 

      Sports Awards

      Bob Giordano Memorial Award
      Awarded to an individual who has contributed significantly to Kelowna through voluntary service to amateur sport, such as coaching or administrative support. 

      Finalists: 

      • Joni Frei
      • Mike Sodaro - winner
      • Pat Sima-Ledding

      Bryan Couling Memorial Award
      Sponsored by Raymond James
      Awarded to the Kelowna based team (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna.

      Finalists: 

      • Kelowna Secondary School Owls Boys Volleyball Team - winner
      • UBCO Heat Softball Team
      • Griffith/Martin Curling Team

      Athlete of the Year - Female 
      Sponsored by the Payton and Dillon Memorial Fund
      Awarded to a female athlete (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna.

      Finalists: 

      • Malindi Elmore - winner
      • Kierra Smith
      • Joanna Brown

      Athlete of the Year - Male 
      Sponsored by the Payton and Dillon Memorial Fund
      Awarded to a male athlete (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna.

      Finalists: 

      • Cameron Chambers
      • Jerome Blake - winner
      • John Gay

      Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Young Female Athlete
      Awarded to the most outstanding female high school athlete in the area of the Central Okanagan. Winner is chosen by the Okanagan Central Schools Athletic Association.

      Finalists:

      • Anna Hopley
      • Kennedy Day
      • Tatum Wade - winner

      Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Young Male Athlete
      Awarded to the most outstanding male high school athlete in the area of the Central Okanagan. Winner is chosen by the Okanagan Central Schools Athletic Association.

      Finalists: 

      • Cole Powrie
      • Everett Schmuland - winner (tie)
      • Nathan Loo - winner (tie)

      Volunteer Organization of the Year Award

      The Central Okanagan Foundation's Volunteer Organization of the Year
      Awarded to a volunteer or non-profit organization that has provided outstanding community services, with direct benefits to the city of Kelowna. Services may be related to environment, health, arts and culture, recreation, education, social services, neighbourhood and community improvement. 

      Finalists: 

      • Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna
      • Canadian Mental Health Association - Kelowna - winner
      • Society of St. Vincent de Paul Okanagan Valley

      The recipient of this award will receive a $3000 donation from the Central Okanagan Foundation.

      Corporate Community of the Year Award

      Corporate Community of the Year
      Sponsored by KCR Community Resources
      Awarded to a business in recognition of their overall outstanding contributions to the community through initiatives, employee volunteerism and financial or in-kind donations, with direct benefit to Kelowna. 

      Finalists: 

      • Secure-Rite Mobile Storage
      • Toyota Kelowna - winner
      • Jillian Harris Design Inc.

      Champion for the Environment Award

      Champion for the Environment
      Sponsored by Peter's, Your Independent Grocer
      Awarded to an individual or business whose actions and achievements have shown outstanding environmental leadership or innovative environmental contributions, having a direct benefit on the city of Kelowna.  

      Finalists: 

      • Don Dobson - winner
      • Karla Lockwood
      • UBC Okanagan

      About the awards

      The Civic & Community Awards recognize outstanding contributions and achievements in our city each year. The award program includes categories for youth, artists, athletes, volunteers, businesses and volunteer organizations.

      Please contact Karley Glackmeyer for more information about the Civic Awards at kglackmeyer@kelowna.ca.

      Sponsors

      Category Sponsors

                            Central Okanagan Foundation logo      

                         kelowna community resources logo         

      Supporting Sponsors

      Mark of Distinction logo                                              Castanet logo           
                                             

      OKANAGAN CENTRAL SCHOOLS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION