Young Female Volunteer of the Year Award

Award Criteria

  • Nominees must be between the ages of 13 and 19 as of December 31, 2018.
  • Awarded to a young female in recognition of her outstanding voluntary contributions to 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 nominees achievements/contributions for the year 2018.
  • 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.

As of 2014, the three successful finalists will receive funding towards their post secondary goals from the Dillon Thomas Budd Youth Scholarship - $1,000 for the award recipient and $500 for each of the two finalists. 
Sponsored by the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation. 

2017 Young Female of the Year Award Recipient

Ashley Robinson

Ashley Robinson has a very big heart. Known for her passion to promote diversity and inclusion, she’s president of the Kelowna Secondary School’s Diversity Club, and volunteers as a LINK Leader. She introduced the Beyond The Hurt Program to the school and became the first student to get certified as a facilitator – a designation usually reserved for adults.

As a volunteer student facilitator in the Red Cross Healthy Youth Relationships program, Ashley taught a series of lessons to students in the KSS Resource Room. In the school library, she helped prioritize the need for more diversity in the fiction section. Her work with the school’s Wellness Team has seen her speaking out about mental health and as such, she was chosen to be a participant in last year’s Youth Summit.

Ashley is also a Debate Tournament Moderator and stage manager for the school’s Owl Theatre Company. Outside of school, she volunteers with Canadian Blood Services, Okanagan Pride, the Elizabeth Fry Society, Kelowna’s Gospel Mission and Kelowna General Hospital.

Named the Top Student for Leadership in grade 11, she was also a semi-finalist for the BC Excellence Scholarship.

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Past Recipients of the Award
  • 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