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The 46th Annual Civic & Community Awards

Join us in celebrating our 46th Annual Civic & Community Awards finalists and winners all through the month of April!
Each week throughout April we will be highlighting some of our finalists and announcing the winners live at City Council. 

Congratulations to the 2020 award winners announced so far: 

Tune in to the City Council meeting on Monday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m. for the final three winner announcements including the 2020 Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and the Anita Tozer Memorial Award (bestowed by Mayor and Council).

Check back in the coming days for a video highlighting our Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year finalists!

Award categories and 2020 finalists
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.
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.  

2020 Finalists:

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

2020 Finalists:

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. The winner of the award will be announced at the afternoon Council meeting on Monday, April 26th. 

2020 Finalists:

  • Craig Siemens
  • Elaine McMurray
  • Shannon Gall

Young Citizen of the Year
Sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada

Awarded to a young citizen in recognition of their overall outstanding voluntary contributions to Kelowna. Finalists in this category will receive funding towards their post-secondary goals through the Payton and Dillon Budd Memorial Fund Youth Scholarship. The winner of the award will be announced at the afternoon Council meeting on Monday, April 26th. 

2020 Finalists:

  • Survinder Momi
  • Toni Willoughby
  • Tian Whitehead

Sports Awards

Bob Giordano Memorial Award
Sponsored by Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union

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

2020 Finalists:

Bryan Couling Memorial Award
Awarded to the Kelowna based team (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna.
Note: due to impacted competitive sport seasons, we will not be taking nominations for 2020.

Athlete of the Year - Female 

Awarded to a female athlete (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna.
Note: due to impacted competitive sport seasons, nominations in 2020 & 2021 will be combined and one winner will be chosen in 2021.

Athlete of the Year - Male 
 
Awarded to a male athlete (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna.
Note: due to impacted competitive sport seasons, nominations in 2020 & 2021 will be combined and one winner will be chosen in 2021.

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.
Note: School District 23 will not be taking nominations this year due to the shortened 2020 High School competitive sport season. 

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.
Note: School District 23 will not be taking nominations this year due to the shortened 2020 High School competitive sport season. 

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. 

2020 Finalists:

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. 

2020 Finalists:

Champion for the Environment Award

Champion for the Environment

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.  

2020 Finalists:

A note about the 46th annual awards and the impact of COVID-19:

Due to the ongoing pandemic, many sectors have been impacted particularily hard. This includes the sport sector, with many team-based and competitive sports being cancelled for the majority of 2020. With that in mind, while nominations will be accepted in the Male and Female Athlete of the Year and Athletic Team of the Year categories, they will be carried over to the 2021 awards program and combined with nominations from that year. In addition, the Okanagan Central Schools Athletic Association (OCSAA) has confirmed that they will not be submitting any nominations or winners for the Augie Ciancone Memorial Awards for high school athletes for the 2020 program.

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.

Nominators prize: congratulations to Drew M. who won a prize simply for nominating a deserving individual or business in 202o. He scored a $150 gift card to a local restaurant of his choosing and picked Central Kitchen + Bar. 

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