Awards

Okanagan College bestows highest honour to five individuals

Okanagan College bestows highest honour to five individuals

Couple from Westbank First Nation and men from Vernon, Kelowna and Shuswap named Honourary Fellows

Okanagan College bestows highest honour to five individuals
Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Community Excellence Awards co-hosts Phil Hughes (left) and Sean Newton will have a year to work on their material, as the annual awards have been officially cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. Also cancelled this year is the naming of Armstrong-Spallumcheen’s Citizen of the Year. (Chamber photo)

COVID-19 cancels 2 main Armstrong-Spallumcheen events

Community Excellence Awards, Citizen of the Year, cancelled for 2020; both to return in 2021

Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Community Excellence Awards co-hosts Phil Hughes (left) and Sean Newton will have a year to work on their material, as the annual awards have been officially cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. Also cancelled this year is the naming of Armstrong-Spallumcheen’s Citizen of the Year. (Chamber photo)
Rory Campbell (left) is presented with the Pte. Jack Nihara Challenge Trophy as Lumby’s 2020 Athlete of the Year by Linda Vlasveld of the Lumby Historical Society Sunday, July 13, at the Lumby Golf Course. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Multi-sport performer named Lumby’s Athlete of the Year

Rory Campbell loves basketball, plays volleyball, soccer, hockey and ultimate frisbee

Rory Campbell (left) is presented with the Pte. Jack Nihara Challenge Trophy as Lumby’s 2020 Athlete of the Year by Linda Vlasveld of the Lumby Historical Society Sunday, July 13, at the Lumby Golf Course. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Robert Wilkinson, who runs the Lumby Food Bank and volunteers five times a week at the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners, was named Lumby Lions Club Good Citizen of the Year Sunday, July 12, at the Lumby Golf Course. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Lumby Lions name Good Citizen of the Year

Award goes to Lumby Food Bank operator and North Okanagan Valley Gleaners volunteer Robert Wilkinson

Robert Wilkinson, who runs the Lumby Food Bank and volunteers five times a week at the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners, was named Lumby Lions Club Good Citizen of the Year Sunday, July 12, at the Lumby Golf Course. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Former Vernon Viper recognized for ALS fundraising

Former Vernon Viper recognized for ALS fundraising

Coldstream’s Aaron Volpatti raised more than $27,000 competing in an Ironman triathlon last summer

Former Vernon Viper recognized for ALS fundraising
Courtney Durward (left) with cousin Julia, pictured with two girls at an orphanage in Mexico during a community work excursion. (Contributed)

Vernon Secondary grad wins award for community work during pandemic

Chelsea Durward helped bring hampers to 55 families in Vernon, Armstrong, Lumby and Kelowna

Courtney Durward (left) with cousin Julia, pictured with two girls at an orphanage in Mexico during a community work excursion. (Contributed)
Alessia Cara performs “Querer Mejor” at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala honoring Juanes at the MGM Conference Center on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Las Vegas. Alessia Cara emerged the top winner at this year’s Juno Awards, picking up three trophies in the streaming ceremony. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision, Chris Pizzello

Alessia Cara wins a leading three Juno Awards at streaming ceremony

Running a bit over 90 minutes, the Junos were handed out at historic speed, with 42 categories announced

Alessia Cara performs “Querer Mejor” at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala honoring Juanes at the MGM Conference Center on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Las Vegas. Alessia Cara emerged the top winner at this year’s Juno Awards, picking up three trophies in the streaming ceremony. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision, Chris Pizzello
Vernon ultra-athlete Shanda Hill, the first Canadian to complete a Double Deca race, was named the 2019-20 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year Tuesday, June 23, at Vernon City Hall’s Spirit Square. Presenting Hill with the award are committee members Ann Holmes (from left), Dan Currie and Pete McIntyre. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

North Okanagan sporting excellence honoured

Shanda Hill, Carl Vardon and Vernon Christian School volleyball win Tim Hortons sports awards

Vernon ultra-athlete Shanda Hill, the first Canadian to complete a Double Deca race, was named the 2019-20 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year Tuesday, June 23, at Vernon City Hall’s Spirit Square. Presenting Hill with the award are committee members Ann Holmes (from left), Dan Currie and Pete McIntyre. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Salmon Arm’s Roy Sakaki (left) has been named Hockey Canada’s Order of Merit West 2020 Award Winner for his dedication to the game. (File photo)

Shuswap’s Mr. Hockey recognized by Hockey Canada

Roy Sakaki of Salmon Arm named Order of Merit West winner for 2020

Salmon Arm’s Roy Sakaki (left) has been named Hockey Canada’s Order of Merit West 2020 Award Winner for his dedication to the game. (File photo)
Lakestone, the master-planned Lake Country community by the Macdonald Development Corporation, was selected as the national winner of Community Development of the Year in the Canadian Homebuilders Association’s 2020 National Awards. (MDC photo)

Lake Country community captures national award

Lakestone honoured with national award at Canadian Home Builders Association’s annual event

Lakestone, the master-planned Lake Country community by the Macdonald Development Corporation, was selected as the national winner of Community Development of the Year in the Canadian Homebuilders Association’s 2020 National Awards. (MDC photo)
Ivy Hiebert, left, receives the Governor General’s Academic Medal from Alan Stel, principal of Summerland Secondary School. Hiebert, who graduated in 2019, had the highest academic average of any graduating student at the school. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

VIDEO: Recent graduate from Summerland receives Governor General’s Academic Medal

Ivy Hiebert has been recognized for outstanding work while at high school

Ivy Hiebert, left, receives the Governor General’s Academic Medal from Alan Stel, principal of Summerland Secondary School. Hiebert, who graduated in 2019, had the highest academic average of any graduating student at the school. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Salmon Arm’s Kathy and Stu Bradford have been recognized by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for their efforts to raise funds and awareness for the organization. (Black Press - file photo)

Shuswap couple honoured by Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Salmon Arm’s Kathy and Stu Bradford are among the groups and individuals honoured in BC and the Yukon

Salmon Arm’s Kathy and Stu Bradford have been recognized by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for their efforts to raise funds and awareness for the organization. (Black Press - file photo)
A total of 14 Summerland businesses have been nominated for this year’s Business of the Year Award. The annual Summerland Business Excellence Awards were announced in a virtual format. (Contributed)

VIDEO: Summerland Chamber presents Business and Community Excellence Awards

Awards presented to business and community leaders

A total of 14 Summerland businesses have been nominated for this year’s Business of the Year Award. The annual Summerland Business Excellence Awards were announced in a virtual format. (Contributed)
Summerland Secondary School students prepare to receive their diplomas in this June, 2017 photo. Students who have graduated from high school within the past five years may be eligible for bursaries from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. (Black Press file photo)

Community Foundation of South Okanagan Similkameen provides 10 bursaries

Financial aid available to those who have graduated in region within past five years

Summerland Secondary School students prepare to receive their diplomas in this June, 2017 photo. Students who have graduated from high school within the past five years may be eligible for bursaries from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. (Black Press file photo)
FILE – Abbotsford News editor Andy Holota takes home the columnist award at the 2017 Ma Murrays. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Black Press Media winners shine at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

FILE – Abbotsford News editor Andy Holota takes home the columnist award at the 2017 Ma Murrays. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Vernon Vipers captain Jagger Williamson (centre) was the winner of the 2019 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year Award. Nominations are being sought for the 2020 Athlete, Team and Leadership Awards. (Morning Star - file photo)

Nominations sought for North Okanagan athletic awards

The 27th annual Tim Hortons honours will be announced in June; entry deadline is May 30

Vernon Vipers captain Jagger Williamson (centre) was the winner of the 2019 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year Award. Nominations are being sought for the 2020 Athlete, Team and Leadership Awards. (Morning Star - file photo)
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery was named Distillery of the Year at the 2020 World Spirits Awards in Europe. (Submitted Photo)

Okanagan Spirits named world’s best, earns nod from Premier

Distillery in Kelowna and Vernon take top honour at spirits awards

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery was named Distillery of the Year at the 2020 World Spirits Awards in Europe. (Submitted Photo)
Vernon-area poet takes home prestigious book award

Vernon-area poet takes home prestigious book award

Laisha Rosnau’s poetry collection, Our Familiar Hunger, earned her the $25,000 Kobzar Book Award

Vernon-area poet takes home prestigious book award
2020 Juno Awards nominees were announced on Jan. 28, 2020. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Pop singer Lights, Ewan Currie of Sheepdogs among Juno Awards presenters

Dallas Smith, Felix Cartal and Nuela Charles nominated for big awards

2020 Juno Awards nominees were announced on Jan. 28, 2020. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
VIDEO: Black Press Media editor Sarah Grochowski up for an Emmy Award

VIDEO: Black Press Media editor Sarah Grochowski up for an Emmy Award

Her 2018 documentary segment Highway Mike uncovers the opioid crisis in Harlem, New York

VIDEO: Black Press Media editor Sarah Grochowski up for an Emmy Award