Osoyoos Lake. (File)

Osoyoos Lake. (File)

Osoyoos recognizes community’s many volunteers

There were 17 nominees and winners for 2019 and 2020

The Town of Osoyoos is recognizing the many volunteers who help make the community thrive.

The mayor and council thanked all 17 of the nominees and winners for their Annual Volunteer Appreciation awards.

The annual lunch for the awards will not be able to be held due to COVID-19, but the town is working on a plan for a future way of recognizing the volunteers.

“We just don’t know when, where or how yet,” said Sarah Dynneson, the program coordinator for the town. “We wanted to get this out for Volunteer Week. We’re still working out a plan for a virtual or in-person recognition.”

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There were awards given to groups and to individual volunteers who make the community a better place to live.

The Best Volunteer Project for 2019 went to the Canada Day Fireworks, put together by the Osoyoos Fireworks Committee, and 2020 went to the Osoyoos and District Museum and Archives for their new building project.

Nominated for the award in 2020 were the Desert Valley Hospice Society for their wellness check-in calls.

The Award for Outstanding Community Group was given to the Osoyoos Concert Series for 2019, and to the Pioneer Walkway Volunteers for 2020.

Nominees for the award were the Osoyoos Festival Society, Osoyoos Schools Breakfast Program and the Osoyoos Farmers’ Market and Market on Main.

There were nine nominations for Outstanding Individual Volunteer for 2020: Greg Torget, George Peters, Joanne Ziebart, Dianne Lang, Ingrid Nicholson, Mike Truchan, Leonard Gebhart, Danny Barr and the 2020 winner Larry Stone.

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