Anita Tozer Memorial Award - bestowed by Mayor & Council

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2021 Anita Tozer Memorial Award Recipient

As the Executive Director at the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society and a member of the UBC Okanagan Aboriginal Advisory Council, Edna Terbasket has been helping to create and strengthen Aboriginal programming and resources in our community for over 20 years. Edna is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) and in 2021 worked tirelessly to keep the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society open throughout the pandemic to provide essential services for families, Elders, youth and those experiencing homelessness in our community. In addition to her dedicated work in the community, she’s also an advocate for making bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal education communities to enhance awareness and understanding on how to support the collective success of our students.


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
  • 2020 - Rolli Cacchioni
  • 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