Young Citizen of the Year Award

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Award Criteria

  • Nominees must be between the ages of 13 and 19 as of December 31, 2019.
  • 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 2019. 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. 

 

2019 Young Citizen of the Year Award Recipient

Abby Kiehlbauch

Despite her heavy load of advanced placement courses and maintaining a regular spot on both the Work Ethic and Principal’s Honour Rolls, Abby Kiehlbauch is an active member of the Kelowna Secondary School Grade 12 Grad Council, acting as the Dream Grad co-chair. She is also president of the Global Awareness Club, a member of Link Crew and a Peer Tutor for middle school students – all while working at a part time job.

Where Abby’s true passion lies, however, is in promoting mental health awareness. As a volunteer for the Canadian Mental Health Association and a member of the Foundry Youth Advisory Council, she recognized the need to found a chapter of Jack.org for the students at her school. As president, she planned meetings and organized events and fundraisers along with likeminded teens to help revolutionize and increase mental health awareness at Kelowna Secondary School.

Abby volunteered an estimated 150 volunteer hours in 2019.

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Past Recipients of Young Male Volunteer 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
Past Recipients of Young Female Volunteer 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