Thirty-year volunteer Vic Harwood earns provincial honour

Vernon resident is being honoured for his contribution to communities and the economy

A Vernon resident is being honoured for his contribution to communities and the economy.

Vic Harwood has been presented the Al McCracken Memorial Award from the Provincial Association of Community Futures for outstanding volunteer commitment to the values of the Community Futures program.

Harwood has been involved with the North Okanagan Community Futures as a volunteer since 1984.

“Vic’s long term dedication to the Community Futures’ program is demonstrated through his active participation on various committees including the loans committee, the executive committee, and through his willingness to work on complex organizational development issues with the staff,” states a release.

“In addition, Vic is a strong advocate of micro-lending programs and, as such, has worked on developing new program ideas for different lending projects.”

On top of this, the Vernon-born Harwood has been recruited to work on Canadian international development projects in youth entrepreneurship and small business lending programs. He has also participated in the development and delivery of entrepreneurial and credit training seminars in Russia.

He was also treasurer of the Okanagan Film Commission, director of the first Vernon Winter Carnival and founding president of the O’Keefe Ranch Society in 1977.