Awards

Community Futures North Okanagan board chair Michelle Hill, right, presents Penny McDonald the Volunteer of the Year Award. (Contributed)

Community Futures North Okanagan names top volunteer

Penny McDonald is integral part of CFNO board, helping local businesses grow

 

Nominations are being sought for the 38th annual Business Excellence Awards. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)

Nominations open for Vernon business awards

Chamber of Commerce seeks to honour best of the best with gala evening Nov. 3

 

The B.C. Hockey League has re-named its Top Defenceman Award after former Vernon Lakers stalwart blueliner Campbell Blair. He also played in the league with the Shuswap Totems and Summerland Buckaroos. (BCHL photo)

BCHL honours former Vernon standout

The hockey league has renamed Top Defenceman Award after record-holder Campbell Blair

The B.C. Hockey League has re-named its Top Defenceman Award after former Vernon Lakers stalwart blueliner Campbell Blair. He also played in the league with the Shuswap Totems and Summerland Buckaroos. (BCHL photo)
Tofino has been named one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations by TIME Magazine. (Westerly file photo)
Tofino has been named one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations by TIME Magazine. (Westerly file photo)
Regional District of North Okanagan electoral area director and board vice-chair Amanda Shatzko has become the first Canadian woman to join the international Vital Voice fellowship. She was also awarded the Lieutenant Governors Arts and Music Award. (Contributed)

UPDATE: Vital recognition doubled for Vernon politician

North Okanagan’s Amanda Shatzko becomes first Canadian honoured with 2022 Vital Voice international fellowship

Regional District of North Okanagan electoral area director and board vice-chair Amanda Shatzko has become the first Canadian woman to join the international Vital Voice fellowship. She was also awarded the Lieutenant Governors Arts and Music Award. (Contributed)
Craig Broderick, City of Vernon manager, current planning (left), and Barbara Everdene, city long range planner, accept a PIBC Gold Award on behalf of the City of Vernon during the PIBC Annual Conference on July 6. (Contributed)

Vernon earns gold award for policy planning

City honoured for work on its climate action plan

Craig Broderick, City of Vernon manager, current planning (left), and Barbara Everdene, city long range planner, accept a PIBC Gold Award on behalf of the City of Vernon during the PIBC Annual Conference on July 6. (Contributed)
KingFisher Boats knows all about fishing and safety (Stevens Wells Photo)

Vernon’s KingFisher Boats awarded for safety and known for fun

KingFisher won the Joint Health and Safety Award

KingFisher Boats knows all about fishing and safety (Stevens Wells Photo)
Clarence Fulton Secondary senior girls volleyball coach Sharon Shaigec (left) accepts her 2021-22 B.C. School Sports Coach of the Year honour. (contributed)

Vernon volleyball coach among B.C.’s best

Sharon Shaigec from Fulton Secondary named one of four B.C. School Sports Coaches of the Year

Clarence Fulton Secondary senior girls volleyball coach Sharon Shaigec (left) accepts her 2021-22 B.C. School Sports Coach of the Year honour. (contributed)
Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs players and coaches work with players from Greater Vernon Minor Hockey’s five u19 teams in a program called Little Mustangs, which won the big Mustangs an Okanagan hockey award for community service. (Screen shot)

WATCH: Vernon minor hockey team mentors younger players

Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs U13 Tier 1 wins Okanagan award for starting Little Mustangs program

Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs players and coaches work with players from Greater Vernon Minor Hockey’s five u19 teams in a program called Little Mustangs, which won the big Mustangs an Okanagan hockey award for community service. (Screen shot)
Vernon rhythmic gymnast Mishra Cameron, 15, of the Okanagan Indian Band, is one of six Interior regional winners of the 2021 Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport. (Contributed)

Vernon rhythmic gymnast captures Indigenous Premier’s Award

Mishra Cameron, 15, of OKIB, one of six Interior region winners of prestigious honour

  • Jun 23, 2022
Vernon rhythmic gymnast Mishra Cameron, 15, of the Okanagan Indian Band, is one of six Interior regional winners of the 2021 Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport. (Contributed)
Business Excellence Awards were held June 16 at the Coast Capri Hotel (Business Examiner)

FH&P Lawyers win Thompson-Okanagan’s Business of the Year

Sparkling Hill Resort and Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling were runners-up

  • Jun 20, 2022
Business Excellence Awards were held June 16 at the Coast Capri Hotel (Business Examiner)
Business Excellence Awards were held June 16 at the Coast Capri Hotel (Business Examiner)

FH&P Lawyers win Thompson-Okanagan’s Business of the Year

Sparkling Hill Resort and Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling were runners-up

  • Jun 20, 2022
Business Excellence Awards were held June 16 at the Coast Capri Hotel (Business Examiner)
Longtime Vernon curler, coach, instructor, official Sharon Morrison (left) is presented with the Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athletic Awards’ Leadership in Sports honour Friday, June 17, in a ceremony at Vernon’s Spirit Square by awards committee director Ann Holmes. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

WATCH: North Okanagan sports excellence honoured

Tim Hortons Athletic Awards go to Ina Forrest, Sharon Morrison, Seaton senior girls volleyball team

Longtime Vernon curler, coach, instructor, official Sharon Morrison (left) is presented with the Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athletic Awards’ Leadership in Sports honour Friday, June 17, in a ceremony at Vernon’s Spirit Square by awards committee director Ann Holmes. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Armstrong Shamrocks legendary player/coach Lance McGregor will be inducted into the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Friday, June 24, at the current Shamrocks’ Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League home game against the Kamloops Rattlers. (Justin Bongers Photography)

Armstrong lacrosse legend nets Hall of Fame call

Lance McGregor to be inducted into Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame at Shamrocks home game June 24

Armstrong Shamrocks legendary player/coach Lance McGregor will be inducted into the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Friday, June 24, at the current Shamrocks’ Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League home game against the Kamloops Rattlers. (Justin Bongers Photography)
Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athletic Awards committee members Dan Currie (left) and Ann Holmes (right) present the 2020-21 Leadership in Sports award to Don Friesen of the Vernon Pickleball Association, a driving force behind fundraising for a fully enclosed year-round pickleball facility built at Marshall Field. The 2022 award winners will be announced Friday, June 17. (File photo)

North Okanagan athlete awards to be announced June 17

Tim Hortons Awards honour top athlete, team and leader in sports in the region

Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athletic Awards committee members Dan Currie (left) and Ann Holmes (right) present the 2020-21 Leadership in Sports award to Don Friesen of the Vernon Pickleball Association, a driving force behind fundraising for a fully enclosed year-round pickleball facility built at Marshall Field. The 2022 award winners will be announced Friday, June 17. (File photo)
Dan Maja, third from left, a bylaw enforcement officer and building license inspector with the municipality of Summerland, was presented with the Leadership and Valor in the Profession Award at the Licence Inspectors’ and Bylaw Officers’ Association of British Columbia annual training conference. (Contributed)

Summerland bylaw officer awarded for lifesaving work

Incident occurred during an inspection in the summer of 2021

Dan Maja, third from left, a bylaw enforcement officer and building license inspector with the municipality of Summerland, was presented with the Leadership and Valor in the Profession Award at the Licence Inspectors’ and Bylaw Officers’ Association of British Columbia annual training conference. (Contributed)
Recent UBC graduate Aiyana Twigg won the 2022 Lieutenant Governor’s medal for inclusion, democracy and reconciliation. (Courtesy of Aiyana Twigg)

UBC student wins Lieutenant-Governor medal for work on Indigenous language revitalization

Aiyana Twigg helps under-resourced communities to develop their own dictionaries, among other things

Recent UBC graduate Aiyana Twigg won the 2022 Lieutenant Governor’s medal for inclusion, democracy and reconciliation. (Courtesy of Aiyana Twigg)
JESSIA reacts after winning the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual JUNO Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)

B.C. TikTok sensation JESSIA is Canada’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Homegrown Ucluelet singer-songwriter’s wins her first Juno, celebrates with European tour

JESSIA reacts after winning the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual JUNO Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)
Lisa Farquharson opens the 2022 Ma Murray Awards on May 14, 2022, in Richmond, B.C. (BC Care Providers photo)

Black Press Media reporters win big at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Black Press Media news teams received 88 nominations in 42 out of the 45 award categories

Lisa Farquharson opens the 2022 Ma Murray Awards on May 14, 2022, in Richmond, B.C. (BC Care Providers photo)