Civic & Community Awards

Kelowna's Civic and Community Awards recognize outstanding contributions and achievements in our community each year. The awards night honouring the 2018 achievements and contributions was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.  Nominations for the 2019 Civic & Community Awards will begin in the winter of 2019.

Congratulations to all finalists and recipients of the 44th Annual Civic & Community Awards who helped shine a positive light on our city in 2018. The winners are:

Anita Tozer Memorial Award – bestowed by Council
The Journey Home Task Force

Bob Giordano Memorial Award – Coach/Sport Administrator of the Year
Devin Rubadeau

Bryan Couling Memorial Award – Athletic Team of the Year
Kelowna Ringette U16A Elite

Female Athlete of the Year Award
Kelsey Serwa

Male Athlete of the Year Award
Fynnian McCarthy

Female Augie Ciancone Memorial Award – Top High School Athlete
Lonica McKinney

Male Augie Ciancone Memorial Award – Top High School Athlete
Brandon Frechette

Young Female Volunteer of the Year Award
Keneisha Charles

Young Male Volunteer of the Year Award
Matthew Richardson

Teen Honour in the Arts Award
Annette Bakala

Honour in the Arts Award
Ryan Grenier

Central Okanagan Foundation – Volunteer Organization of the Year Award
Helping Out People Exploited (HOPE) Outreach

Corporate Community of the Year Award - Small Business
Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc.

Corporate Community of the Year Award - Medium/Large Business
Raymond James – Kelowna Corporate Branch

Champion for the Environment Award
Gwen Steele

Fred Macklin Memorial Award - Man of the Year
Giuseppe (Joe) Iafrancesco (1947-2018)

Sarah Donalda-Treadgold Memorial Award - Woman of the Year
Angie Lohr

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

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

Citizens of the Year Awards

Sarah Donalda Treadgold Memorial Woman of the Year
Sponsored by Fortis BC
Awarded to a women in recognition of her overall outstanding voluntary contributions to Kelowna. Contributions may be related to recreation, the arts, education, humanities, community service, medical, business and commercial fields.

Fred Macklin Memorial Man of the Year
Sponsored by Fortis BC
Awarded to a man in recognition of his overall outstanding voluntary contributions to Kelowna. Contributions may be related to recreation, the arts, education, humanities, community service, medical, business and commercial fields.

Young Female Volunteer of the Year
Sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada
Awarded to a young female, in recognition of her overall outstanding contributions to Kelowna. Contributions may be related to recreation, the arts, education, humanities, community service, medical, business and commercial fields. Finalists will receive funding towards their post secondary education through the Dillon Thomas Budd and Payton Leigh Budd Youth Scholarship. The award recipients will receive $1,000 each; while each of the two remaining finalists will receive $500.

Young Male Volunteer of the Year
Sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada
Awarded to a young male, in recognition of his overall outstanding contributions to Kelowna. Contributions may be related to recreation, the arts, education, humanities, community service, medical, business and commercial fields. Finalists will receive funding towards their post secondary education through the Dillon Thomas Budd and Payton Leigh Budd Youth Scholarship. The award recipients will receive $1,000 each; while each of the two remaining finalists will receive $500.

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.

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

Athlete of the Year - Female
Awarded to a female athlete (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna.

Athlete of the Year - Male
Awarded to a male athlete (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna.

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. To nominate, please contact the School District at  sd23.bc.ca.

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. To nominate, please contact the School District at  sd23.bc.ca.

Volunteer Organization of the Year Award

The Central Okanagan Foundation, 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.

Corporate Community of the Year Award

Corporate Community of the Year (Small & Medium/Large)
Sponsored by KCR Community Resources
Awarded to a Kelowna business that has provided outstanding support for employee volunteerism in addition to financial contributions and initiatives having had a direct benefit to the city of Kelowna. May be related to environment, health, arts and culture, recreation, education, social services, neighbourhood and community improvement.

Champion for the Environment Award

Champion for the Environment (Individual & Business)
Sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP
Awarded to an individual and a business whose actions and achievements have shown outstanding environmental leadership or innovative environmental contributions, having a direct benefit on the city of Kelowna. Selections are based on environmental initiatives and contributions for the year.

Sponsors

Category Sponsors

Central Okanagan Foundation logo         kelowna community resources logo         fortis bc logo         Grant Thornton logo             Prospera place logo                    

 DILLON THOMAS BUDD & PAYTON LEIGH BUDD YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP

Supporting Sponsors

Mark of Distinction logo                                              Castanet logo

OKANAGAN CENTRAL SCHOOLS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Sunfm logo                    Capital News logo