Princess Margaret students Hussain Sattar (left) and Ashley Grunow look over some of the help documents at the school. Sattar is one of four people nominated in the Youth category for the Pillar Community Innovation Awards. Western News file photo

Volunteer award nominees announced

The nominees for the Pillar Community Innovation Awards have been announced

In honour of volunteerism and its many forms, the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is hosting an awards ceremony to kick off National Volunteer Week (April 23 to 29).

Prior to the nominations closing at the end of March the public submitted 52 nominations in seven award categories. Awards will be given out at the Pillar Community Innovation Awards Gala on April 22 at the Days Inn.

Mike Potgieter, president of the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre, is pleased to announce the nominees in the following categories:

Outstanding volunteer:

Doug Cade

Christopher McGowan

Tim Tweed

Donna Van Egmond

Peggy Nicholson

Tracy Van Raes

Diane Fru

Benjamin Overland

Sylvia West

Margie Hibbard

June Revell-Quevillon

Delores Wiltse

Judy Jefferies

Kona Sankey

Neil Wyper

Denise Johnston

May Simpson

Rosanne Johnston

Adolf Steffen

Volunteer project:

2016 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Breakfast for Learning

Knitting Club for South Okanagan Women in Need

Meals on Wheels

Oktoberfest

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers Penticton

YES Project

Outstanding community group:

Auxiliary to the Penticton Hospital

Penticton Legion Branch 40

Penticton United Church

JCI Penticton

Penticton Hospice Volunteer Group

Orchard House Monthly Band Jams and The Yard Katz Band

Peach City Radio Society

Penticton RCMP Community Policing Volunteers

Volunteer Gift Shop at The Penticton Regional Hospital

Youth volunteer:

Husain Sattar

Victoria Richie

Kadence Standish

Austin Stephen

Newcomer volunteer:

Tomoko Abe

Nawal Ismail

Nita Khanal

Yaxin Ma

Executive director:

Bob Handfield — South Okanagan Naturalists Club

Dale Belvedere — South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls

Tanya Behardien — Penticton and District Community Resources Society

Brandy Maslowski — Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Baran — Ooknakane Friendship Centre

Business gives back:

Carrie Few — Penticton Yoga Therapy

Felts Photo Service

Poplar Grove and Vanilla Pod

Valley First Credit Union

Tickets for the Volunteer Awards Gala are sold out. To support volunteerism in your community you can register as a volunteer and/or give back through donating via their website at www.volunteercentre.info , by e-mailing info@volunteercentre.info or calling 1-888-576-5661.

To volunteer in your community go to www.volunteercentre.info and click on Browse Opportunities.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is a registered Charity that provides educational supports and resources free to residents interested in volunteering.