Community Awards

The 15th Annual Community Awards will be held on May 26, 2022; this year's theme is We ♥ Fort St. John

The Community Awards allow us to publicly recognize and honour the individuals, groups, and businesses whose talents, dedication and generosity have contributed greatly to life in Fort St. John.

The 2022 Community Awards Committee is comprised of Mayor Lori Ackerman; Councillor Jim Lequiere; Eryn Griffith, Arts & Culture Manager; and, Naomi Gallant, Community Development Coordinator.

Sponsors

We gratefully recognize the following sponsors who have supported the 15th Annual Community Awards:

Keynote - Urban Systems
Gold - Metro Testing
Silver - Northern Lights College
Bronze - North Peace Savings & Credit Union
Bronze - Olive Tree Mediterranean Grill 
Media - Alaska Highway News

2022 Nominees

Amy Crawford

Aniela’s Kitchen

Bud Williamson

Cultural Learning and Innovation Circle (CLIC)

Ed Wesenberg

Erin Ferris

Fort St. John Huskies

Fort St. John Private Home Care

FSJ Soccer Club Coaches

Gary and Trudy Alexander

Jim Reeder

Karen Mason-Bennett

Kayla Valerie Braun

Kim Turney

Melissa Hiebert

Michael Bacso

Michael Harrison

Michelle McArthur

Mike Acko

Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT)

North Peace Ride for the Disabled

Richard Stickel

Roger MacQuarrie

Sabrina Brooks

Salvation Army Shelter

Saplings Mental Health Services

Susan McGarvey

Ted Sloan

The Lippy Lemon

Todd Alexander

Vive Spin Studio

Wings of Care

Wyld Acres Farm

Award Categories

Youth Award - Individual, Group, or Corporate

The Youth Award recognizes an individual or youth group who has made a positive contribution to the community on a volunteer basis such as developing a project, serving on a committee or other volunteer work with organizations and groups. Youth in this category may display outstanding qualities, provide leadership, support their peers, overcome challenges or contribute to Fort St. John in a meaningful way.

Eligibility: Nominees must have made their outstanding contribution within the past 12 months, be under the age of 19, and must not have won this award in the past three years.

Humanitarian Award - Individual, Group, or Corporate

The Humanitarian Award recognizes a volunteer or group of volunteers whose actions, commitment, volunteer leadership, service and community spirit have made a difference in the lives of those in the community. It recognizes leadership in promoting awareness of accessibility in the community, outstanding contributions towards advancing sustainability initiatives, or a genuine commitment to providing a better future for Fort St. John residents.

Eligibility: Nominees must have made their outstanding contribution within the past 12 months, and must not have won this award in the past three years.

Recreation and Sport Award - Individual, Group, or Corporate

The Recreation Award recognizes an individual or group for their volunteer efforts in the promotion, organization, support, or motivation of sports, recreation, and leisure pursuits, including healthy and active living. Individuals may demonstrate excellence in an athletic discipline, have increased sport and recreational opportunities within the community or encouraged residents to reach and expand their potential through recreation and wellness in Fort St. John.

Eligibility: Nominees must have made their outstanding contribution within the past 12 months, and must not have won this award in the past three years.

Arts and Culture Award - Individual, Group, or Corporate

The Arts & Culture Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization for their community contribution, expressed through literacy, visual or performing arts, cultural diversity or heritage education. Individuals may demonstrate excellence in an artistic field, have enriched experiences for the community or encouraged residents to reach and expand their potential through arts and culture in Fort St. John.

Eligibility: Nominees must have made their outstanding contribution within the past 12 months, and must not have won this award in the past three years.

Business Award - Individual, Group, or Corporate

The Business Award recognizes the distinguishing contributions of an individual, business or non-profit organization towards areas including, and not limited to; social innovation, mentorship, or investing in the community of Fort St. John.

Eligibility: Nominees must have made an outstanding contribution within the past 12 months, and must not have won this award in the past three years.

Lifetime Achievement Award - Individual, Group, or Corporate*

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual’s remarkable contributions and dedication to the community. Their contributions have improved the quality of life for citizens or brought positive recognition to Fort St. John. 

Eligibility: Nominees must have made a significant contribution to the community of Fort St. John, and they must not have won this award previously. *may be awarded posthumously

Mayor’s Citizen of the Year - Ambassador Award

The Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award recognizes an individual that has achieved positive notoriety outside our community for their actions, is known as a leader or role model by their peers or has won international, national, or provincial titles or awards for their efforts. The recipient acts as an ambassador for our community and has recognized Fort St. John as their home and community where they built and honed their skills and abilities.

Eligibility: The recipient must identify as a resident of Fort St. John or be a previous resident that has relocated in the pursuit of excellence in their field, but still recognizes Fort St. John as their home community. The Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award will be awarded and evaluated at the Mayor’s discretion.