Champion for the Environment Award

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Award Criteria

  • Awarded to an individual or 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 contributions for the year 2019.
  • Past information and history of environmental contributions may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package. 

2019 Champion of the Environment Recipient

Operation Take Two 

Operation Take Two turns trash into treasure. What started in 2017 as a small group of students concerned about the over-use of single-use plastics has grown into a youth-led recycling enterprise. These students use a steel shipping container as a hub to take their school’s plastic waste and make it into small items such as coasters and ornaments.

In 2019, Operation Take Two appeared on the popular television show Dragons Den, where they earned $30,000 towards making their dream a reality. They were also awarded $30,000 from Desjardins’ GoodSpark program. With the funding to get started and the donation of a workspace from Big Steel Box, what started as a brainstorm is now a reality.

This past June, the founders held a soft launch event, introducing their space and selling their first recycled creations to their neighbourhood. 

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2018 - Gwen Steele
  • 2017 - Angela Nagy (Individual)
  • 2017 - One Big Table (Business)
  • 2016 - Nancy Mora Castro (Individual)
  • 2016 - Spider Agile Technology (Business)
  • 2015 - Hugh Westheuser (Individual) 
  • 2015 - Unless Market (Business)
  • 2014 - Casey Hamilton (Individual) 
  • 2014 - 1-800-GOT-JUNK (Business)
  • 2013 - Judie Steeves (Individual)
  • 2013 - House of Rose Winery (Business)
  • 2012 - Michael Ross (Individual)
  • 2012 - Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites (Business)