Volunteers recognized at Awards Ceremony in Penticton

The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Center held their first ever Pillar Community Innovation Awards on Saturday evening, recognizing the very best of the local volunteer community.

There were seven categories:

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer, Business Gives Back, Newcomer of the Year, Volunteer Project, Executive Director, and Outstanding Community Group.

The winners are below.

Oustanding Volunteer of the Year: May Simpson and Judy Jeffries

Youth Volunteer: Victoria Ritchie

Business Gives Back: Valley First Credit Union

Newcomer of the Year: Nita Khanal

Volunteer Project: The YES project

Executive Director: Tanya Behardien

Oustanding Community Group: Moog and Friends, Penticton Hospice Group

Youth of the year, Victoria Ritchie, was honored to be recognized. 

"It feels amazing," says Ritchie. "The recognition, it's not just for me, it's to remind people that there are ways to reach out and help out, and I hope it inspires people to do more." 

The ceremony was held in conjuction with National Volunteer Week. 

Notable people in attendance included Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, who gave closing remarks, as well as MLA Dan Ashton, NDP Candidate Tarik Sayeed, and Councillor Judy Sentes.