Residents honoured provincially
A Surrey art teacher, a longtime champion for healthy living and a Delta gymnastics proponent are among 36 British Columbians named recipients of the eighth annual B.C. Community Achievement Awards.
Marc Pelech, an art teacher at Sullivan Heights Secondary, joins the three dozen others to receive the award, which celebrates excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service. Pelech was recognized for not only creating innovative programs to enhance his students' art experience, but for his work as a community volunteer. He has dedicated thousands of hours to civic arts policy and civic youth-focused arts programs (Spirit of Youth Mural Project) and emergent website technology (Youth Visions).
Surrey's Bill Stewart was also among the award recipients. Stewart has been president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Vancouver for 18 years, rejuvenating and increasing the reach and impact of the organization.
"He has left a legacy that includes a successful capital campaign, a
strategic plan for growth, and the Tong Louie and Robert Lee YMCAs," reads his recognition.
South Delta’s Carlene Lewall was also honoured for her 30 years of dedication and leadership to the Delta Gymnastics Society and her instrumental role in the building of the Delta Sport Development Centre.
“Each of these people has a remarkable record of enhancing the quality of life of residents throughout the province,” said Premier Christy Clark in a press release. “And each truly deserves to be singled out and recognized by all British Columbians for their contributions.”
Recipients will be recognized in a formal presentation at Government House in Victoria on April 20 and will receive a certificate and a medallion designed by B.C. artist Robert Davidson.