Young Male 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 male citizen, in recognition of his 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 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.

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. 

2018 Young Male Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient

Matthew Richardson

Focus, self-control, self-discipline, perseverance, honesty, leadership, positive attitude and respect. Those are the eight qualities of the Kung Fu black belt Matthew Richardson is striving towards at Great Way Martial Arts. Matthew currently has achieved the ranks of Junior Black Belt, Youth Black Belt and 7 new levels towards his Black Belt, which are all accomplishments that require years of dedication and time.

In addition to his own training, Matthew volunteers as a junior instructor and has represented the academy at events such as the Fat Cat Festival, Canada Day, children’s birthday parties and summer camps. He consistently shows respect for his teachers and fellow students and his mature attitude, enthusiasm and commitment are contagious to other students while training on the mat.

A Kelowna Senior Secondary student, Matthew was selected to represent the school on the District Student Council, requiring over 130 hours of volunteer time last year.  In addition to the District Council, he became an integral member of the Health Promoting Schools Committee, Education and Student Services Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee. He was considered a strong voice on the District’s policy change for the role of the student, and was involved in a student fundraising initiative to support the KGH Foundation Giving Giggles campaign.

Matthew is very involved at Trinity Baptist Church and has volunteered with them since 2010. He was a member of the Missions to Mexico trip in 2016 and continues to coordinate all of their technology including camera and live streaming, lights, audio and visuals.

Matthew is enrolled in the maximum number of AP courses possible, which is an outstanding feat in itself, maintains a 3.5 GPA and participates in the Chamber choir as a course outside of his regular timetable.

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Past Recipients of the Award
  • 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