Awards

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

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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)
Business of the Year recipients Jennifer and Peter Madsen with Oyama Zipline accept their award at the Lake Country 2021 Business Excellence Awards at Creekside Theatre March 3. 
(Isabella Austin/George Elliot Secondary student photo)

Awards honour best of Lake Country

Businesses and community service recognized by Chamber of Commerce

Business of the Year recipients Jennifer and Peter Madsen with Oyama Zipline accept their award at the Lake Country 2021 Business Excellence Awards at Creekside Theatre March 3. 
(Isabella Austin/George Elliot Secondary student photo)
Spallumcheen pet food brand Wood Mountain Naturals is nominated for two 2022 Small Business BC Awards. (Wood Mountain Naturals/Facebook)

Spallumcheen pet food brand nominated for 2 small business awards

A woman’s quest to save her ailing dog led to the creation of Wood Mountain Naturals in 2018

Spallumcheen pet food brand Wood Mountain Naturals is nominated for two 2022 Small Business BC Awards. (Wood Mountain Naturals/Facebook)
Longtime Vernon Winter Carnival director and volunteer Ruth Hoyte has been named recipient of the Order of Jopo, the highest individual honour Carnival can bestow. (Wayne Emde Photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival bestows highest honour

The Order of Jopo has been presented to longtime Carnival director/volunteer Ruth Hoyte

Longtime Vernon Winter Carnival director and volunteer Ruth Hoyte has been named recipient of the Order of Jopo, the highest individual honour Carnival can bestow. (Wayne Emde Photo)
Vernon registered professional forester Tawnya Collins is the 2021 Association of BC Forest Professionals’ Professional Forester of the Year for her work protecting communities from wildfires. (Shelanne Justice Photography)

Vernon woman tops among B.C.’s pro foresters

Tawnya Collins named Pro Forester of Year by provincial body for her work with wildfires

Vernon registered professional forester Tawnya Collins is the 2021 Association of BC Forest Professionals’ Professional Forester of the Year for her work protecting communities from wildfires. (Shelanne Justice Photography)
Missy MacKintosh and Liana Boisvert take time out for a photo during the Small Business BC Awards, where MisMacK Clean Cosmetics was in the top five in the Best Youth Entrepreneur category. (Contributed)

Nominate your favourite small Okanagan business for a provincial award

Nominations for the 2022 Small Business BC Awards are open until Feb. 28

Missy MacKintosh and Liana Boisvert take time out for a photo during the Small Business BC Awards, where MisMacK Clean Cosmetics was in the top five in the Best Youth Entrepreneur category. (Contributed)
Actor Simu Liu poses for photographs on the red carpet for the premiere of ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’, at a cinema in west London, Thursday, Aug 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP

Simu Liu to host first outdoor Juno Awards at Budweiser Stage in Toronto

May 15 event will be the first time the awards show will be held outdoors

Actor Simu Liu poses for photographs on the red carpet for the premiere of ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’, at a cinema in west London, Thursday, Aug 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP
The Kingfisher Interpretive Society is the winner of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2021 Nature Inspiration Award for Community Action. (Submitted photo)

VIDEO: North Okanagan centre receives national accolades for salmon conservation

The Kingfisher Interpretive Society has received an award from the Canadian Museum of Nature

The Kingfisher Interpretive Society is the winner of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2021 Nature Inspiration Award for Community Action. (Submitted photo)
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery was named Artisan Distillery of the Year at the 2022 Canadian Whisky Awards, and also went home with three gold, two silver and one bronze medal. (Okanagan Spirits photo)

Okanagan Spirits wins top honour at Canadian Whisky Awards

Vernon and Kelowna distillery named Artisan Distillery of the Year, wins three gold medals

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery was named Artisan Distillery of the Year at the 2022 Canadian Whisky Awards, and also went home with three gold, two silver and one bronze medal. (Okanagan Spirits photo)
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