Fred Macklin and Sarah Donalda-Treadgold Memorial Award - Citizen of the Year

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Fred Macklin served Kelowna in many ways throughout his life.  He was the secretary treasurer of School District #23 from 1956 to 1974 and from 1976 to 1984 he was a City of Kelowna Alderman. He was chairman of many organizations including the Kelowna Parks and Recreation Committee, Labour Relations Board, the City Transit Management Committee and the BC Transit Council of BC.  He was also Director and Chairman of the Public Employees Council of BC. He also served as the Honorary Treasurer of the Okanagan Regional Library Board. Fred passed away in 1984.

Sarah Donalda Treadgold was an active and conscientious volunteer who understood the value and importance of working for the community.  She was deeply interested in education and initially volunteered for many years on Kelowna Elementary School's P.T.A.  She was encouraged to run for the office of school trustee in 1924 and topped the polls in every election for the next 23 years. Sarah was a loving mother with good ideas and the passion to stand up for what she believed - much like the other women who have been and will be honoured with the Sarah Donalda Treadgold Memorial Award.

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to a man or woman in recognition of their outstanding voluntary contributions and community service to the city of Kelowna. Activities may be related to arts and culture, business, commerce, education, humanities, medical and recreation.
  • Selections are based on the nominee's achievements and contributions throughout 2019.
  • Past volunteer information may be included, but the nomination should focus on the current award year.  
  • Nominees must not have personally benefited from their activities, nor should the contributions be considered part of their normal employment or job responsibilities.

2019 Fred Macklin and Sarah Donalda Treadgold Memorial Award Recipient: 

Al Hildebrandt

Al’s wife says, he’s good at many things, but a traditional retirement isn’t one of them. Since selling his tech company in 2015, he’s worked full time to help children at risk. As the President and Director of the Impact Tomorrow Foundation, formerly the Kelowna Foundation for Hope and Social Innovation, Al has worked tirelessly to create the Child Advocacy Centre in Kelowna, which opened its doors this past February.

Al has also been instrumental in providing financial and personal support to Cops for Kids, The Foundry, JoeAnna’s House and World Vision. He’s also served on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce board and can be found Sunday mornings directing traffic at his local church.

Al helped bring World Vision to Kelowna, was instrumental in raising over $2 million for The Foundry, another $6 million for the Child Advocacy Centre and is gearing up to ride with the Cops for Kids fundraiser. In 2019, he donated over 2,000 hours of volunteer time.

Past Recipients of Fred Macklin Memorial Award
  • 2018 - Giuseppe (Joe) Iafrancesco
  • 2017 - Peter Boyd
  • 2016 - Gary Benson
  • 2015 - Raghwa Gopal
  • 2014 - David Krysko
  • 2013 - Sean Pihl
  • 2012 - Ken Thompson
  • 2011 - Paul Nesbitt
  • 2010 - Thomas Budd
  • 2009 - Vern Neilson
  • 2008 - Ron Rubadeau
  • 2007 - Walter Gray
  • 2006 - Ian Graham
  • 2005 - Steve Tuck
  • 2004 - Ken Campbell
  • 2003 - Mel Kotler
  • 2002 - Clarence Johnson
  • 2001 - Peter Nahirnak
  • 2000 - Walter Hut/Bren Witt
  • 1999 - Tom Smithwick
Past Recipients of Sarah Donalda-Treadgold Memorial Award
  • 2018 - Angie Lohr
  • 2017 - Catherine Williams
  • 2016 - Kelly Taverner
  • 2015 - Lorena Mead
  • 2014 - Meryle Corbett
  • 2013 - Rose Sexsmith
  • 2012 - Shaun Bos
  • 2011 - Marie Ablett 
  • 2010 - Julie Wambeke
  • 2009 - Mohini Singh
  • 2008 - Allison McNeill
  • 2007 - Jane Fletcher
  • 2006 - Lorraine McGrath
  • 2005 - Wendy Falkowski
  • 2004 - Linda Woods
  • 2003 - Beryl Itani
  • 2002 - Beryl Baldeo
  • 2001 - Frances Klassen
  • 2000 - Shirley Jensen/Sunny Hildebrant
  • 1999 - Margaret Caley

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