Sarah Donalda Treadgold Memorial Award - Woman of the Year

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 unassuming and definitely not looking for glory or trying to gain popularity.  She 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 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 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 Sarah Donalda Treadgold Memorial Award Recipient Woman of the Year

Angie Lohr

The name Angie means Angel, and for the countless number of women whose lives she has helped turnaround, the definition rings true. In 2008, Angie founded Helping Out People Exploited or HOPE Outreach as it has become known. As President, she has helped to grow HOPE’s volunteer team to 100 members, offering nightly outreach on the streets 365 days a year.

In 2018, Angie left her full time job and donated an average of 1,500 hours to volunteering, educating and training new volunteers, doing committee work and speaking at events. Her education includes raising awareness about the pressing social issues of homelessness, addiction, mental health, exploitation, safety, recovery and healing; and how Kelowna can work towards meaningful change to address the needs of its diverse citizens.

She has openly shared the story of her own journey overcoming homelessness, exploitation and addiction to help create awareness and advocate change for the homeless, exploited and vulnerable. From humble beginnings as a two-woman initiative to a grassroots group to becoming a registered charity, Angie’s vision and leadership has changed and saved the lives of many.

Angie helped increase the role and presence of HOPE’s Narcan team, who distribute naloxone kits to those on the streets and who are trained in overdose prevention. She gained national presence as a key member volunteering alongside the Winnipeg based Clan Mothers’ Foundation, which aims to connect resources and advocacy for marginalized Indigenous Women.

From 2010 to 2017, she helped raise funds and operate the House of HOPE, a low barrier safe house for women committed to recovery, which saw over 350 women receive assistance through providing a safe space, counselling and therapy programs. One could say Angie is an Angel of Hope.

Past Recipients
  • 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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