Civic Volunteer

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The Civic Volunteer Award recognizes outstanding commitment by individuals and teams who go above and beyond on a Vancouver City Council approved board, agency or committee.

2017 recipients

Shawna Turai

Individual youth category

With a passion for giving back to her community since she was a child, Windermere Secondary School Grade 12 student Shawna Turai has devoted herself to empowering others by ensuring they reach their potential in whatever capacity they serve. Through her many leadership initiatives she has demonstrated her passion at her school, and by working with numerous community groups including the Salvation Army and Three Links Care Centre. 

As a Renfrew-Collingwood community member, Shawna has put in countless hours on projects with the award-winning Collingwood Junior Business Improvement Association where she bridged youth and small businesses through unique marketing opportunities that build on the presence of local businesses. One example of the group’s work is a project where members of Shawna’s group worked with Vancity Credit Union staff to develop ideas to make the Collingwood neighbourhood a more engaged community.

Shawna’s group promoted community gardens, movies in parks, and a recycling program for elementary students. Unwilling to slow down, Shawna is as determined as ever to continue her volunteer efforts which she hopes will include projects with the City in the future.

Lorna Gibbs

Individual category

Southeast Vancouver seniors will soon have a seniors’ activity centre in their community, a vision community resident Lorna Gibbs had over a decade ago. As the president of the Southeast Vancouver Seniors Centre Society, her campaign efforts were rewarded in 2014 when Canada’s three levels of government came together to fund the construction of the centre. Ground-breaking is expected in 2017.

A Vancouver resident for over 30 years and an active and determined community volunteer, Lorna has continually connected seniors from diverse ethnic backgrounds to gather, translate, edit, and publish stories in her books Stories of Southeast Vancouver, and the illustrated cookbook, Meals and Memories. Those who participated in the production of both books said the work inspired happiness, greater understanding, and friendship.

Throughout her volunteering career Lorna has received numerous awards. In 2012, she received the Community Achievement Award and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2016, she was presented with the Senior Leadership Award from the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre and the Volunteer of the Year Award from BC Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie.

Brock Fahrni Volunteer Team

Organization category

For 23 years, the Brock Fahrni Volunteer Team has escorted elderly veteran residents of the Brock Fahrni Pavilion each November 11 so they can personally witness each Remembrance Day Ceremony at Victory Square in Vancouver. This service is highly anticipated by the surviving veterans who live at Brock Fahrni Pavilion and is greatly appreciated by their families and the Pavilion caregiving staff.

Over the years it has become an emotional and positive demonstration of admiration and respect. The presence of the residents of Brock Fahrni has become an intrinsic part of the Remembrance Day program which wouldn't be possible without the dedication and commitment of the 25-member team.

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