Awards

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

 

Silver Star Elementary School principal Jacqueline Taylor (left) presents Vernon’s John Remple with his 2022 B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association’s Partnership Award in recognition of the thousands of birdhouses he has built and donated to the Vernon School District. (Contributed)

Building birdhouses leads to B.C. honour for Vernon man

John Remple has built and donated 10,000 birdhouses to schools in the North Okanagan

 

Charlotte Cardin poses for a photograph at the media wall after winning in three different categories during the opening night of the 2022 Juno Awards at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Juno Awards celebrate Avril Lavigne, Deborah Cox and host Simu Liu’s many talents

Charlotte Cardin emerged as the biggest winner of the year with a total of four trophies

 

Interim editor Jennifer Smith’s photo and video on the aftermath of the North Valley Gymnastics Society facility fire helped her win a bronze certificate at the annual B.C. Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray Awards gala Saturday, May 14, in Richmond, and helped the paper win top honours in general excellence for its circulation category. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon newspaper golden at B.C. awards gala

Morning Star named best in its circuation category at annual BCYCNA Ma Murray event in Richmond

  • May 16, 2022
Interim editor Jennifer Smith’s photo and video on the aftermath of the North Valley Gymnastics Society facility fire helped her win a bronze certificate at the annual B.C. Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray Awards gala Saturday, May 14, in Richmond, and helped the paper win top honours in general excellence for its circulation category. (Morning Star file photo)
Dr. Barney Williams. Submitted photo/ Coast Mental Health

Renowned B.C. First Nations therapist recognized for resilience

Dr. Barney Williams receives 2022 Courage To Come Back Award in the Addictions category

Dr. Barney Williams. Submitted photo/ Coast Mental Health
Pharis and Jason Romero filmed their latest video with Rick Magnell in the historic 153 Mile Store. (Rick Magnell video capture)

VIDEO: Juno-award winning folk duo showcase B.C. history in new song

Video filmed in historic 153 Mile Store was the ‘perfect place’

Pharis and Jason Romero filmed their latest video with Rick Magnell in the historic 153 Mile Store. (Rick Magnell video capture)
Penticton’s Wildstone Construction Group is among four Okanagan companies named among Canada’s Best Managed by Deloitte. (wildstone.com photo)

Four Okanagan companies named among Canada’s Best Managed

Two from Vernon, one each from Penticton and West Kelowna named to Deloitte’s Best Managed companies list

Penticton’s Wildstone Construction Group is among four Okanagan companies named among Canada’s Best Managed by Deloitte. (wildstone.com photo)
Coldstream’s Aria Hahn (second from left) and her partner, Brianna Blaney, (second from right) collect the $25,000 first prize in The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch Finale competition. (Contributed)

Coldstream entrepreneur collects competition cash

Aria Hahn and partner were grand prize winners of business pitch event in Vancouver

Coldstream’s Aria Hahn (second from left) and her partner, Brianna Blaney, (second from right) collect the $25,000 first prize in The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch Finale competition. (Contributed)
Armstrong’s Cam Malkinson takes time to stop and smell the yellow Solano variety at the first Bloom Sunflower Festival in Spallumcheen in 2021 while Vernon’s Cassidy Bruce (centre) and Maddy Terleski also enjoy strolling through the flower fields. The event picked up the Rising Star award at the annual Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Community Excellence Awards Wednesday, May 4. (Morning Star - file photo)

Community excellence honoured in Armstrong-Spallumcheen

Annual Excellence Awards, presented by chamber of commerce, announced Wednesday night, May 4

Armstrong’s Cam Malkinson takes time to stop and smell the yellow Solano variety at the first Bloom Sunflower Festival in Spallumcheen in 2021 while Vernon’s Cassidy Bruce (centre) and Maddy Terleski also enjoy strolling through the flower fields. The event picked up the Rising Star award at the annual Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Community Excellence Awards Wednesday, May 4. (Morning Star - file photo)
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 Fields. A call for nominations for the 2022 Leadership, Athlete and Team awards has gone out. (Pete McIntyre photo)

Nominations sought for North Okanagan athletic awards

Tim Hortons Awards honour excellence from Athlete, Team and in Leadership; deadline is May 31

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 Fields. A call for nominations for the 2022 Leadership, Athlete and Team awards has gone out. (Pete McIntyre photo)
The Vernon Photography Club earned a silver medal in the 2022 North Shore Photographic Challenge. (Richard Hues photo)

Check out these award-winning shots by Vernon Photography Club members

Six local photographers helped the club earn a silver medal at B.C.’s premiere photo competition this year

The Vernon Photography Club earned a silver medal in the 2022 North Shore Photographic Challenge. (Richard Hues photo)
Cathie Stewart has been named Vernon’s Good Citizen of the Year for 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Cathie Stewart is Vernon’s Good Citizen of the Year

The Vernon Jazz Club president has volunteered for a long list of local organizations since 1975

Cathie Stewart has been named Vernon’s Good Citizen of the Year for 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Craig Short, Aquatics Leader, receives a 2021 Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon Branch Affiliate Award from Mayor Victor Cumming at the Regular Council meeting of April 25, 2022. (City of Vernon photo)

Vernon recreation awarded for pumping out first aid training

Greater Vernon Recreation Services earned an Affiliate Award from the Lifesaving Society Canada March 25

Craig Short, Aquatics Leader, receives a 2021 Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon Branch Affiliate Award from Mayor Victor Cumming at the Regular Council meeting of April 25, 2022. (City of Vernon photo)
Vernon Vipers broadcaster Graham Turnbull has been named the BC Hockey LEague’s broadcaster of the year for 2022, alongside Evan Hammond of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. (BCHL photo)

Voice of the Vernon Vipers named BCHL broadcaster of the year

Graham Turnbull shared the 2022 award with Alberni Valley play-by-play veteran Evan Hammond

Vernon Vipers broadcaster Graham Turnbull has been named the BC Hockey LEague’s broadcaster of the year for 2022, alongside Evan Hammond of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. (BCHL photo)
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre’s artistic director Erin Kennedy (right) was presented with the Presenter of the Year honour by awards chair Kirsten Schrader at the recent B.C. Touring Council Pacific Contact conference in Coquitlam. (Contributed)

Vernon artistic director named B.C.’s best presenter

Award “long time coming” for Erin Kennedy of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre’s artistic director Erin Kennedy (right) was presented with the Presenter of the Year honour by awards chair Kirsten Schrader at the recent B.C. Touring Council Pacific Contact conference in Coquitlam. (Contributed)
Brian and Corinne Misko, owners of House of Q Foods based in Vernon, took home honours from the National BBQ Association’s Awards of Excellence in Texas April 19, 2022. (Kevin Clark Studios)

Vernon-based BBQ sauce earns Texas nod of approval

House of Q Foods placed in three categories at the NBBQA’s annual awards

Brian and Corinne Misko, owners of House of Q Foods based in Vernon, took home honours from the National BBQ Association’s Awards of Excellence in Texas April 19, 2022. (Kevin Clark Studios)
The Oot n’ Oots have been nominated for Children’s Album of the Year at the 2022 Juno Awards for their album “Ponderosa Bunchgrass and the Golden Rule” (The Oot n’ Oots)
The Oot n’ Oots have been nominated for Children’s Album of the Year at the 2022 Juno Awards for their album “Ponderosa Bunchgrass and the Golden Rule” (The Oot n’ Oots)

Kelowna children’s band Oot n’ Oots nominated for Juno

The 2022 Juno Awards will be held May 15

  • Apr 14, 2022
The Oot n’ Oots have been nominated for Children’s Album of the Year at the 2022 Juno Awards for their album “Ponderosa Bunchgrass and the Golden Rule” (The Oot n’ Oots)
The Oot n’ Oots have been nominated for Children’s Album of the Year at the 2022 Juno Awards for their album “Ponderosa Bunchgrass and the Golden Rule” (The Oot n’ Oots)
Salmon Arm’s Matthew Johnston of the North Okanagan Knights has been named the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s most sportsmanlike player. (Contributed)

North Okanagan Knight KIJHL’s most sportsmanlike player

Matthew Johnston of North Okanagan Knights adds Junior B award to sportsmanlike trophy he won in Pee Wee

Salmon Arm’s Matthew Johnston of the North Okanagan Knights has been named the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s most sportsmanlike player. (Contributed)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP crime analyst Kathryn Jacobson (second from left) is presented the B.C. RCMP Criminal Analysis Program’s Most Hardworking Individual award from program manager Jorda Metcalfe (left), and receives congratulations from Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming and Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Supt. Shawna Baher. (City of Vernon photo)

Hard work pays off for Vernon crime analyst

Kathryn Jacobson, sole analyst for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, wins provincial honour from peers

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP crime analyst Kathryn Jacobson (second from left) is presented the B.C. RCMP Criminal Analysis Program’s Most Hardworking Individual award from program manager Jorda Metcalfe (left), and receives congratulations from Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming and Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Supt. Shawna Baher. (City of Vernon photo)
RE/MAX Vernon Salt Fowler ranked No. 1 overall in the Western Canada Region for total transaction sides in 2021 for medium sized real estate teams. (Photo submitted)

Vernon real estate team tops Western Canada after banner year

Salt Fowler team ranked number one among medium-sized real estate teams

RE/MAX Vernon Salt Fowler ranked No. 1 overall in the Western Canada Region for total transaction sides in 2021 for medium sized real estate teams. (Photo submitted)