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2018 Volunteer Appreciation Awards

On Thursday evening (Oct 18) the City and Community Futures arranged for an event at gallery 2 where they handed out some awards to volunteers.

In the fall the City and Community  give out volunteer appreciation and small business awards. This year so many businesses are still affected by the spring flooding that this part of the ceremony was suspended. But the Volunteer Appreciation awards still went ahead.

This year two awards were handed out

The Outstanding Community Service Award was given to Gabe and Rachel Warriner for their tireless efforts during our flood emergency. Before the flood had showed up Gabe was out behind the arena getting his system for bagging in place. His team researched how to do the filling more efficiently and constructed jigs to make it quick and easy. For many days around flooding Gabe was not only filling bags, He was managing the growing army of volunteers. Filling bags was just part of the job – people also came out to place bags, transport them, feed and support those who were doing the labour. Plus dealing with the media, and support requests out of the cellphone in his pocket.

All this didn’t stop with the end of the flood – people were sill in need of support and both Gabe and Rachel have kept busy providing that support. Whether it’s assistance with finding and filing forms for financial support or collecting and organizing needed replacement clothing, furniture and appliance they have been very active doing the best they can for their community.

The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Les Johnson for all the video coverage of city council and events in the city. That’s me and I’m very happy that my efforts have been officially recognized by the City.

But . . . as I say in my remarks I feel there are a lot of people who do a lot more than myself and don’t get this kind of recognition. Because of what I do I’m often in front of the camera so a lot of people see me. They also see me at events. They see me so much they get the impression I’m everywhere covering everything and no one can do that or live up to that expectation. Many people do so many things without being continually highlighted by being in front of a camera.

Look at the Volunteer Firefighters – they put in a lot of effort and get a lot of training and all that take a lot of time. They are engaged in dangerous activities to help protect their friends and neighbours. For no pay.

Look at the Search and Rescue volunteers. They also put in long hours getting trained so they can go out and help people out of dangerous situations. And they do not get paid.

During the flood this spring flooding disaster members of both these groups helped out in dire times of need.

These are the true outstanding community volunteers. And there are more I haven’t mentioned.

 

2013 Small Business and Community Awards

Community Futures Boundary hosted the Small Business and Community Awards during their Open House Thursday Oct 24 at the Grand Forks Curling Rink. This catered event was free and open to the public and nearly 100 people from the local business, government and NGO community were in attendance. Wendy McCulloch emceed the event while Sandy Elzinga hosted the awards portion. Our local Member of Legislature, Linda Larson, also put in a brief appearance.

Each year the awards are given out in connection with Small Business Week. 11 awards were given out: 2 internal to the Community Futures network and 9 to the community at large.
While the categories are chosen beforehand the nominations and voting are up to the public.

This unique experience for me – coming out to cover an event and then becoming part of that event. (I got one of the awards)

The Awards and their winners:

Business Service Excellence Award

Jogas Espresso Café

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Retail Excellence Award

Thistle Pot Gifts

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Family Friendly Business Award

Bored Room Bistro

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Youth Entrepreneur Award

Maxwell Nicholson

Green Business Award

Kettle Valley Waste Ltd.
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Individual Service Excellence Award

Cyndi Zibin

Community Impact Award

Grand Forks Hospital Auxiliary

Community Volunteer of the Year Award

Les Johnson

Business of the Year Award

Morrissey Creek Building Supplies

The two internal awards went to:

  • Community Futures Network Volunteer Award – Daniel Drexler
  • Financial Management Excellence – Lori Gruen

NOTE – correction: in the video the name of Bored Room Bistro is incorrectly spelled Board Room Bistro.

 

Fly-In Fun for Everyone

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The new Harvard Trainer CT-156

This past weekend saw the Grand Forks Airport hosting the Grand Forks Flying Associations’ 2nd annual Fly-I and Airport Appreciation Day.

On Saturday many of the out of town participants flew in and there was a Meet-and-Greet with each other and the public. A small talk was given by Grand Forks, own winner of the Top Gun award, Jock MacKay. And you probably thought he just flew choppers, didn’t you? Well, he flew all kinds of craft AND won the Top Gun award. Following that they showed the Hollywood movie Top Gun under the stars at the airport.

Sunday was the big day with over 400 visitors. What did they get to see?

  • 24 airplanes, with 3 warbirds. 2 from Oliver: an older Harvard trainer and a Ninchang Chinese trainer and a current RCAF Harvard trainer out of Moosejaw, Saskatchewan.
  • Aeorobatics display with large R/C model craft out of Fruitvale, B.C.
  • Approx. 30 Cars, and 3 Bikes, in the Show-and-Shine
  • Multiple vendors both inside and outside the fence (Farmer’s Market vendors as well)

The new Harvard was on static display throughout the day but when it left we recorded that. Watch it here:

A number of the craft were giving rides to people. Some flew in the helicopter that came from Campbell River while others flew in various airplanes from local operators. Below you see Ron Wyers from Western Aviation giving a ride to local volunteer firefighter Lee Nermo.

Brian Fletcher, owner of the local Bike shop Chain Reaction, was there with his new Pedicab shuttling people around the site. He gave us a lift from the gate … watch below.

The R/C models put on quite an impressive an aerobatics display for the crowd. Unfortunately one of the craft experienced a mechanical failure but the operator was skillful enough to bring it in for a very hard landing away from the crowd and runway.

The general impression was that it was a good success – since this was only the second time it was held some parts served to show how it could be improved. They want to do it up even better next year and are hoping to get more participating planes, try to organize some rides in the warbirds and better accommodations for some of the vendors.

Some links to companies mentioned in this article:

Western Aviation Services: www.westav.ca

Chain Reaction Ride and Slide: www.chainreactionrideandslide.com

While we did not get there in time to see the Radio Controlled model aircraft doing their aerobatics this year  … we got some video of that last year.

Dani Collins Interview

I interview local author Dani Collins who, unlike yours truly, actually has been published. Not just once, or twice but THREE times in print and once in electronic form and has become one of Harlequin’s authors.
She’s from Christina Lake but she’s out there in the big, wide world at large.

You can find out more about her at her website www.danicollins.com

Thanks to Bill and Sandy at Pedallars Place in Grand Forks, BC for arranging to have her meet and greet the public (and me)