‘Outstanding citizens’ accept their 2015 Community Award

first_imgThe event was emceed by former School District 60 Superintendent Larry Espe.“The Community Awards program presents a unique opportunity for us to celebrate the talents, dedication, and generosity of the outstanding citizens, businesses and athletes, and those volunteers whose contributions enrich the lives of all of us,” says Espe.The evening also included two keynote speeches – the first being from Lt.–Col. Dave Shuster.- Advertisement -He took the opportunity to reminisce on how growing up in Fort St. John helped shape his military career.“I think any success that I’ve achieved has had something to do with – a little bit to do with leadership, but I think more so growing up in this community and learning how to moderate, facilitate, tolerate and coordinate, and doing it first with the friends that I grew up with has allowed me to succeed with the Canadian Forces,” says Lt.–Col. Shuster.The other keynote came from Juno-nominated and local musician Dayna Manning.Advertisement Below are the 2015 Fort St. John Community Award winners:Youth Award – Taylor DevosHumanitarian Award – Jeanette & Blair JohnstonCultural Award – Sue PopeskuLiteracy Award – David RattrayRecreation Award – Wim KokMayor’s Citizen of the Year – Eliza Stanford “I played a show…in 2011 in Sarnia, Ontario, and I played a song of mine called Charlie Lake,” explains Manning of her inspiration. “Charlie Lake was inspired by one night in September, I believe it was September 2010 – you might remember it, when the Northern Lights came out like we’ve never seen before.”The ceremony concluded with the Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award, and finally closing remakes by Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman.“As our community continues to prosper and grow, it becomes so important to recognize those of you who are making this happen simply by doing what you love and sharing what you do,” Mayor Ackerman concludes.“I truly want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everything that you have done.”Advertisementlast_img