Young Citizen of the Year Award

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2021 Young Citizen of the Year Award Recipient

David Withler holds an incredibly unique title: he is the youngers and most frequent plasma donor in Canada. This young man knows the importance of giving. In addition to rolling up his sleeves to donate blood, he also supported numerous community initiatives in 2021, including volunteering at long-term care facilities and helped to raise awareness for the new Plasma Donor Centre in Kelowna. 

David is also a passionate soccer player with a developed sense of discipline and teamwork. He served as a mentor to younger soccer players and refereed for many community games. David represented Kelowna at the 2019 International Children's Games for soccer. 

David will be graduating in June 2022 from Kelowna Senior Secondary with a dual Dogwood diploma after completing the French immersion program. 

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 48th annual Civic & Community Awards will open in fall 2022. 

Past Recipients of Young Citizen of the Year Award

Past recipients of the Young Citizen of the Year Award

  • 2020 - Tian Whitehead
  • 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