A Vernon councillor’s compassion towards others has been recognized.
Dalvir Nahal is a recipient of this year’s B.C. Community Achievement Award.
“Dalvir Nahal leads efforts and volunteers her time to help people dealing with mental health issues, homelessness and racism. Her work has bridged communities and promoted diversity, built rooms in hospitals and cancer clinics, provided cancer treatment support for patients without health benefits, food for the homeless, health assistance for the mentally ill, and tourism ideas and green solutions for her community,” states the B.C. Achievement Foundation.
“Dalvir volunteers with several community organizations and foundations and has raised more than $220,000 in funds for charitable causes in addition to her four community board positions.”
Nahal was nominated by a friend.
“I was quite surprised. I’m humbled and grateful,” said Nahal.
Nahal is the founder of Bollywood Bang, which has raised funds for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and the North Okanagan Neurological Association. She has also been a supporter of the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Upper Room Mission.
“I don’t do things for the recognition. I’ve had such a blessed life so I want to give back to the community,” said Nahal, who was elected to Vernon council in 2014.
Twenty-six individuals are receiving the award this year.
“We celebrate the efforts of extraordinary British Columbians who strive to make our province a better place to live,” said Scott McIntyre, B.C. Achievement Foundation president.
“We thank them for their remarkable efforts through their work and volunteering.”
The award winners will be recognized in a formal presentation ceremony at Government House in Victoria April 26. Each recipient will receive a certificate and a medallion designed by artist Robert Davidson.