Anita Tozer Memorial Award - bestowed by Mayor & Council

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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.

2018 Anita Tozer Memorial Award Recipient

Journey Home Task Force

In 2018, a collective effort started to take shape with community members from a wide range of backgrounds, to tackle one of our city’s toughest issues. The vision of a team of individuals with diverse knowledge and perspectives to come together and start building a complex strategy, was an ambitious goal, but one that would be a game changer for our community. What they brought to the table was passion, and a dedicated effort to find solutions to an issue that every City across Canada is currently facing, the issue of homelessness.  

The Journey Home Task Force created a new conversation in our community, beyond what we had thought possible. They committed to ensuring that all citizens had an equal voice, to honour the strengths of those who have lived through difficult times, and build on the good work of the community while also looking at the things that needed to change.

These 23 community members became champions to the cause - inspiring others along the way. They provided a new energy and momentum to create real social change in our community and build a strategy that has garnered recognition across the country, but most importantly, to guide our journey as a community.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 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