Anita Tozer Memorial Award - bestowed by Mayor & Council

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2020 Anita Tozer Memorial Award Recipient

Rolli Cacchioni spent 54 years dedicated to educating students in his various roles with the Central Okanagan School District as a teacher, department head, vice-principal and principal. During his career, he was president of both the Central Okanagan Teachers' Association and the Central Okanagan Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association, and in 2005, started his role on the school board which would last for 16 years, including four years as board chair, before his passing in March 2021.

In addition to his tremendous contributions to education, Rolli was extensively involved in the community, serving on numerous committees including the Rutland Resident's Association, the city's Advisory Planning Commission and the Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society. A coach at both the youth and high school levels, Rolli was passionate about sports and was even a founding member of the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame. A loving husband and true family man, Rolli Cacchioni made a lasting impression on so many in our community and will continue to leave a legacy for years to come.

About the Award

Anita Tozer was best known as a humanitarian devoted to the welfare of others.  She dedicated the last third of her life to volunteering, most notably with the United Way of the Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen.  She served the United Way in almost every position over a period of 25 years.  Anita Tozer was a recipient of the Sarah Donalda Treadgold Memorial Award in 1991.

Anita Tozer passed away on July 10, 2000 at the age of 72. 

Award Criteria

The Anita Tozer Memorial Award is awarded to an individual or group in recognition of an extraordinary and positive contribution to the quality of life in Kelowna.

This award is not open to the public for nominating, as each year it is selected and presented by Mayor and Council.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2019 - Randy Benson
  • 2018 - Journey Home Task Force
  • 2017 - Jimmy LeGuilloux
  • 2016 - Murli Pendharker
  • 2015 - Sharon Shepherd
  • 2014 - Arion Therapeutic Farm
  • 2013 - Gospel Mission Dental Clinic
  • 2012 - Tim Schroeder
  • 2011 - Dr. Barry Urness
  • 2010 - Beryl Itani
  • 2009 - Herb Sullivan
  • 2008 - Reverend Albert Baldeo
  • 2007 - Clarence Johnson
  • 2006 - Fernbrae Manor & Quigley Elementary
  • 2005 - Gordon Hartley
  • 2004 - Mastercard Memorial Cup 2004 Society
  • 2003 - Emergency Operations Group
  • 2002 - Mike Roberts
  • 2001 - Tom Rothery
  • 2000 - United Way of the Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen