Here are the winners of the City of Vancouver’s annual citizen awards

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Ten citizens and eight organizations were honoured Friday night at the City of Vancouver’s annual Awards of Excellence ceremony.

The program aims to acknowledges outstanding civic achievements made by individuals, organizations and businesses in the city.


The City of Vancouver handed out its annual Awards of Excellence Friday. Photo Dan Toulgoet

“Vancouver is such a great city because of all the people who chip and make it a great place to live,” Mayor Kennedy Stewart said in a press release.

“We’re so lucky that we have people, organizations and businesses that are all dedicated to our community and helping others.”

Among this year’s recipients was Dr. Christy Sutherland, B.C.’s 2018 Family Physician of the Year, as announced by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine. Sutherland was awarded the Mayor’s Achievement in recognition of her efforts to make life better for a broad segment of our population.

Nominations for five awards were open to everyone, from organizations making a difference in communities, tireless social leaders, community groups building capacity and enterprising youth and children. The City also handed out $3,000 in bursaries to children and youth recipients.

And the winners are:

Mayor’s Achievement Award

  • Organization – PHS Community Services Society
  • Individual – Dr. Christy Sutherland
  • Youth – Urban Native Youth Association

Read more about the Mayor’s Achievement Award winners.

Accessible City Award:

  • Organization – All Bodies Dance Project
  • Individual – Tanny Marks
  • Youth – Allie Janowicz

Read more about the Accessible City Award winners.

Civic Volunteer Award:

  • Organization – Community Veterinary Outreach
  • Individual – Kyla Epstein
  • Youth – Shaheema Nalir

Read more about the Civic Volunteer Award winners.

Diversity and Inclusion Award:

  • Organization – Migrante BC
  • Individual – Michelle Nahanee
  • Youth – Robin Holmes

Read more about the Diversity and Inclusion Award winners.

Greenest City Leadership Award:

  • Organization – Hua Foundation
  • Individual – Ian Li
  • Youth – Jolina Li

Read more about the Greenest City Leadership Award winners.

Healthy City for All Award:

  • Organization – Tayybeh: A Celebration of Syrian Cuisine
  • Individual – Sarah Helene Beley
  • Youth – Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice – Youth Volunteers

Read more about the Healthy City for All Award winners.

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