Anita Tozer Memorial Award - bestowed by Mayor & Council

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.

2017 Anita Tozer Memorial Award Recipient

Jimmy LeGuilloux

Have you ever looked up at the stage and wondered, hey, ‘Who’s on Bass?’ or discovered that it was ‘Ten2Nine’ or that you were under The Influence’? Maybe you just wanted to go on a ‘Sea Cruise’ with some guy named ‘Jimmy Shoes’?

Jim LeGuilloux has been a part of Kelowna’s musical landscape for more than 30 years and as such, has helped hundreds of thousands of people create their best memories ever from a night out dancing to live music. He has played on stage with such notables as Kim Mitchell, Jeff Healey, Darby Mills and the Headpins, and most recently was part of the Rafts of Medusa and Rock of Ages shows.

Knowing the power of music to bring people together, Jim began hosting the annual Rock4Kids fundraiser at Whiski Jack Pub 24 years ago as a way to raise money for the KidsCare campaign. In 2017, the event brought in over $18,000, pushing the total amount raised to $300,000.

 But that’s just the tip of the volunteer iceberg for Jimmy. He donated his talents both on stage and behind the scenes for ten years of Night of the Arts concerts that fundraised for the homeless, and over the years has volunteered at numerous fundraisers for various United Way events, cancer campaigns, awareness programs involving children, and for those with special needs. His willingness to help others is unparalleled in the Okanagan music scene.

 Aside from this, Jimmy has also been a huge asset to up and coming musicians by mentoring, teaching, coaching and being a kick-ass award-winning producer and engineer. 

 And really, how about those shoes!

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 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