Nominations open for BC Community Achievement Awards



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - Do you know someone who makes a difference in
your community? Someone who works tirelessly, sometimes behind the scenes,
sometimes in a more public way, to make your community stronger, more
compassionate, or more vibrant? If so, now is your chance to thank and
recognize this person. The call for nominations for the fifth annual BC
Community Achievement Awards was announced today by British Columbia
Achievement Foundation chair Keith Mitchell.
    "The BC Community Achievement Awards are a wonderful opportunity for
British Columbians to give back to the people in their communities who give
the most," said Mitchell. "By nominating someone, you participate in the life
of your community - you voice your support for what makes it strong."
    "Anyone or any organization can submit a nomination," Mitchell noted.
"Your nominee can work in a wide range of areas - the arts, civic duty,
volunteerism, business, education, healthcare, etc. - as long as they are an
inspiration and positive force in your community. The BC Achievement
Foundation is proud of the 160 British Columbians who have so far received BC
Community Achievement Awards."
    The areas in which past award recipients have been active include (but
are not limited to) civic, community and youth leadership, teaching, emergency
response, literacy, economic development, supporting children, seniors and
others in need, raising awareness and funds, helping others, environmental
improvement, multicultural support, community beautification, and athletic
mentorship. In 2006, an entire community, Hartley Bay, received an award for
its heroic response to the sinking of the Queen of the North.
    The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2007. For more information
on the nomination process or to obtain a nomination form, please visit
www.bcachievement.com or call 604-261-9777 or toll-free 1-866-882-6088. Forms
are also available at government agent offices and public libraries.
    Nominations will be reviewed by an independent advisory council of
community leaders. The council will consider the nominee's contribution on the
basis of community impact, commitment, and length of service. Award winners
will receive a uniquely British Columbian medallion, designed by BC artist
Robert Davidson, at a spring 2008 ceremony in Victoria.

    The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation
established and endowed by the Province of British Columbia in 2003 to
celebrate excellence in community service, arts, and the humanities. As well
as the Community Awards, the Foundation offers the BC Creative Achievement
Awards, the BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the BC Creative Achievement
Award for Aboriginal Art, and the BC Achievement Foundation Award for Early
Literacy.





For further information:

For further information: Nora Newlands, Executive Director, (604)
261-3348

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