Young Citizen of the Year Award

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2020 Young Citizen of the Year Award Recipient

Tian Whitehead

Young Citizen of the Year for 2020 - Tian WhiteheadTian Whitehead has a desire to support those around her, both at school and beyond. She has organized numerous charitable events including road-side cleanups and community food drives through school initiatives and through her role as president of the OKM Rotary Interact Club.

Tian’s many accomplishments to date include being elected prime minster of her graduating class, spearheading neighbourhood-level and school initiatives such as clean ups and clothing drives, and also manages Mission Roots, a non-profit sustainability café where all proceeds go to local charities.

Tian’s passion for sustainability has helped to shape her to be a young leader who is hard-working, caring and reliable.

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Award Criteria

  • Nominees must be between the ages of 13 and 19 as of December 31, 2021.
  • Awarded to a young citizen, in recognition of their outstanding voluntary contributions to the well-being of the city of Kelowna. Contributions may be related to recreation, the arts, education, humanities, community service, and/or medical/business/commerce fields.
  • Selections are based on the nominee's achievements/contributions for the year 2021. Past information may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Finalist selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package.

Payton and Dillon Budd Memorial Fund

The successful finalists will receive funding towards their post secondary goals through the Payton and Dillon Budd Memorial Fund Youth Scholarship.

Nominations for the 47th annual Civic & Community Awards will open in fall 2021. 

Past Recipients of Young Citizen of the Year Award

Past recipients of the Young Citizen of the Year Award

  • 2019 - Abby Kiehlbauch

Prior to 2019, the young citizen of the year category included both male/female categories. 

Past recipients of the Young Female of the Year Award

  • 2018 - Keneisha Charles
  • 2017 - Ashley Robinson
  • 2016 - Gabriela Rubio
  • 2015 - Maya Gay
  • 2014 - Thish Rajapakshe
  • 2013 - Pauline Schrott
  • 2012 - Kelsi Taron
  • 2011 - Tanveer Gill
  • 2010 - Danielle Heinzlemann
  • 2009 - Jessica LeNoble
  • 2008 - Sasha Gronsdahl
  • 2007 - Brianna Beaudry
  • 2006 - Caitlyn Slavik
  • 2005 - Christa Hoy
  • 2004 - Kelly O'Connor
  • 2003 - Rachel Leier
  • 2002 - Teryn Buna
  • 2001 - Brenna Black
  • 2000 - Jacqueline Collins
  • 1999 - Sarah Carson 

Past recipients of the Young Male of the Year Award

  • 2018 - Matthew Richardson
  • 2017 - Finnegan Pihl
  • 2016 - Andrew Kates
  • 2015 - Stuart Isherwood
  • 2014 - Nikolai Lesack
  • 2013 - Jonathon Charlton
  • 2012 - Eli McAlpine
  • 2011 - Terry Lee
  • 2010 - Peter Davidson
  • 2009 - Cody O'Neil
  • 2008 - KJ Hansen
  • 2007 - Ori Powell
  • 2006 - Kevin Craig
  • 2005 - Chris Hall
  • 2004 - Aaron Erhardt
  • 2002 - Daniel Mandryk
  • 2001 - Mark Chambers
  • 2000 - Trevor Roy
  • 1999 - Ben Laurie