45th annual Civic & Community Awards night going virtual

June 29, 2020

The finalists and winners of Kelowna’s 45th annual Civic & Community Awards will be able to watch and celebrate from home this year as the awards night will be delivered through an online video presentation which will be streamed online on Thursday, July 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. at kelowna.ca/civicawards.

The awards ceremony was originally scheduled to be held on April 29, but the event was cancelled in light of distancing measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While this year’s Civic Awards night will look a little different, we’re excited to still be able to find a way to celebrate and honour the incredible accomplishments of our citizens,” said Mariko Siggers, Community & Neighbourhood Services Manager. “By moving the awards night online, it allows our finalists to still celebrate with their friends and family, and the community can watch and celebrate along with them.”

Those interested in watching 45th Annual Civic & Community Awards video presentation can tune in on Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m. The video will be streamed live, and will also be available for viewing in its entirety following the stream at kelowna.ca/civicawards.

45th Annual Civic & Community Award finalists by category:

Bob Giordano Memorial – Coach/Sport Administrator of the Year

  • Darcy Rysz
  • Kelly Hettinga
  • Ron Koch

Bryan Couling Memorial Award – Athletic Team of the Year

  • KSS Owls AAAA Girls Volleyball Team
  • KSS Owls Girls Curling Team
  • Kelowna U16A Ringette Elite

Female Athlete of the Year

  • Emma Cannan
  • Madelyn Hettinga
  • Megan Hart

Male Athlete of the Year

  • Cooper Humphreys
  • Jordan Cheyne
  • Trevor Brigden

Female Augie Ciancone Memorial Award

  • Madelyn Hettinga
  • Melaina Corrado
  • Tessa Ivans

Male Augie Ciancone Memorial Award

  • Braden White
  • Matt Hopley
  • Roan McCarthy

Champion for the Environment

  • Friends of Black Mountain Society   
  • Operation Take Two
  • Treehouse Forest Preschool

Teen Honour in the Arts

  • Ava Clark
  • Rowyn Grenier
  • Sarah McIntyre

Honour in the Arts

  • Erin Scott
  • Pete MacLeod
  • Stephen Buck

Young Citizen of the Year

  • Abby Kiehlbauch
  • Kritika Dave
  • Yvonne Wood

Fred Macklin & Sarah Donalda-Treadgold Memorial Award - Citizen of the Year

  • Al Hildebrandt
  • Gail Harrison
  • Robin Jarman

Corporate Community of the Year Award

  • Avalon Event Rentals
  • Prestige Hotels and Resorts
  • Valley First, a Division of First West Credit Union

Central Okanagan Foundation – Volunteer Organization of the Year

  • Cops for Kids
  • JCI Kelowna
  • Project Literacy

The Young Citizen of the Year finalists will receive funding towards their post-secondary education through the Payton and Dillon Budd Memorial Fund Youth Scholarship. The award recipient will receive $2,000; while each of the two remaining finalists will receive $1,000. The recipient of the Teen Honour in the Arts award will receive a $500 entrance scholarship to the University of British Columbia Okanagan, courtesy of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

For more information about the awards, visit kelowna.ca/civicawards.