Fred Macklin Memorial Award - Man of the Year

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.  Fred Macklin was also seconded by the Ministry of Education to consult on education finance for two years.  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.  Fred also served as the Honorary Treasurer of the Okanagan Regional Library Board. 

Fred passed away in 1984.

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to a man in recognition of his 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 2018.
  • 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.

2018 Fred Macklin Memorial Award Recipient

Giuseppe (Joe) Iafrancesco

Already a two-time finalist for this award in 1989 and 2000, Giuseppe (Joe) Iafrancesco was on par with volunteering the equivalent of last year’s approximate 1650 volunteer hours when he received a life threatening cancer diagnosis in May. Even then, while cancer may have slowed him down, he did not completely stop.

Joe’s biggest passion was the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club. He served as President for a total of 17 years, right up until his passing in November. He was also an active member and volunteer with the Knights of Columbus, the Morningside Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the National Congress of Italian Canadians, the Columbus Holding Society and throughout his lifetime volunteered with more than 20 other organizations and events including Folkfest, the Uptown Rutland Business Association, the Downtown Kelowna Association, Orchard City Lions and the BC Summer Games.

Joe was honoured with a number of awards, some of which included the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Volunteer of the Year Award with Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers, the Multicultural Society’s Someone Special Award and the Ben Lee Park Society’s Appreciation Certificate, just to name a few.

When earthquakes hit Italy on two separate occasions, Joe helped raise over $25,000 through the Italian Club to send to relief efforts.

Always the one to inject something unique into a project, Joe personally donated a wheelbarrow full of pennies to the KGH Foundation JoeAnna’s House to show how ‘every cent counts’. Joe touched many lives over the years and will continue to do so thanks to an additional substantial donation he and his wife Bianca, made, just days before he passed, to the KGH Cancer Fund and JoeAnna’s House.

It would take a mathematician to tally the volunteer hours Joe amassed during his lifetime or the number of lives he touched, but the 850 hours he contributed in 2018 while terminally sick, shows the commitment he had for this community and the legacy he leaves behind.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 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

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