Community Awards

2020 Community Awards Gala

The Gala will be taking place online June 15 from 7-9 pm at these locations:

Sponsors:

  • Urban Systems
  • Northern Lights College
  • Peace River Hydro Partners
  • Bell Media
  • Moose FM/Energeticcity.ca
  • North Peace Savings & Credit Union
  • Metro Testing + Engineering 

Awards:

Cultural Award

Individual or Corporate or Group
The Cultural Award recognizes an individual or group for their volunteer efforts in historical, visual, performing, or literary arts. Individuals may demonstrate excellence in an artistic field, have increased artistic and cultural opportunities within the community or encouraged residents to reach and expand their potential through culture in 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.

2020 Nominees: 

  • Sabrina Brooks
  • Stevi MacGillivray
  • Ovvian Castrillo Hill
  • Jessica Harrison

Recreation Award

Individual or Corporate or Group
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.

2020 Nominees: 

  • Michael Bacso
  • Madison Hiebert
  • Big Bam Ski Hill & Recreation
  • Phil Hiscock
  • Eliza Stanford  

Humanitarian Award

Individual or Corporate or Group
The Humanitarian Award recognizes a volunteer or group of volunteers whose actions, commitment, volunteer leadership, service and community spirit has 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.

2020 Nominees:  

  • Jeanette Johnston
  • Vanessa Siemens-Ford
  • Faye Anstey & Dunvessa
  • Joshua Cullen
  • Judy Desjarlais
  • Sand and Stone Jewelry
  • FSJ Rotary Club Sunrise
  • FSJ Rotary Club
  • Rory Henderson
  • Henry Ma

Youth Award

Individual or Corporate or Group
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.

2020 Nominee:

  • Pauleanne Codilla 

Business Award

Individual or Corporate or Group
The Business Award recognizes the distinguished 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.

2020 Nominees: 

  • The Sacred Garden Healing and Wellness Centre
  • Baking Me Crazy
  • Dr. Herriot & Staff at North Peace Optometry Clinic
  • Bold Promotions Inc.
  • Best Performance Sports Training 
  • SJA Promo

Lifetime Achievement Award

Individual or Corporate or Group *
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

2020 Nominees: 

  • Julia Kowalsky
  • Bonnie Anderson
  • Bob Trobak
  • Ric Hamre
  • Roxanne Chmelyk

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.