Community Awards

2021 Community Awards Gala

With the success of the online 2020 Community Awards Gala, we are already planning for the 2021 Community Awards. The 2020 Community Awards Gala reached over 5,600 viewers on various social media platforms. This year's theme is Acts of Kindness: A Reflection on Covid-19 and the virtual gala will take place on April 29, 2021. 

The Community Awards allows 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 2021 Community Awards Committee is comprised of Councillor Byron Stewart; Councillor Tony Zabinsky; Karin Carlson, Director of Recreation and Leisure Services; and, Naomi Gallant, Community Development Coordinator. 

Nominations are now open!

Complete the nomination form to help recognize outstanding people, groups, or businesses in Fort St. John. 

Sponsors

Help recognize outstanding people in Fort St. John by sponsoring one of the City’s Community Awards! View the Sponsorship Package [PDF - 696 KB] and contact communitydevelopment@fortstjohn.ca to secure the sponsorship level of your choice. 

Award Categories and 2020 Winners

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.