By Anne Russell. Do you know an individual or a group who has made the Fraser Valley a better place to live? Those people who make everyday contributions to their community but may not be recognized? Consider nominating them for the UFV Betty Urquhart Community Service award.
Betty Urquhart was one of the first employees of Fraser Valley College (now UFV) and believed strongly in volunteering and giving back to the community. While Betty passed away in 1995, UFV keeps her memory alive by honouring a person or group who exemplifies her commitment to life-long learning and community.
Some past winners of the annual Betty Urquhart award include:
· Kosum Soni of Mission for her work with vulnerable communities
· Veronica Back of Mission for her outreach work
· Brittany Clough of Chilliwack for her work with teenage girls on self-esteem issues
· Choice program, Agassiz Centre for Education (ACE)
· Chilliwack branch of Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA)
· Patricia Murakami of Hope for her community work
· Dr. Elizabeth Watt for her work with the Abbotsford Youth Health Centre
· The Yarrow Volunteer Society in recognition of their ongoing commitment to run the Yarrow community hall.
The award is presented as part of the university’s annual convocation ceremony in June. Recognizing community volunteers at convocation inspires students to contribute and give back to their community. It’s all part of UFV’s commitment to changing lives and building community.
The deadline for this year’s nominations is Friday, March 27.
If you’d like to nominate someone for the Betty Urquhart community service award, review the criteria and download a nomination form at http://www.ufv.ca/board/betty-urquhart-award/ , or contact Lori Ann Waites at 1-888-504-7441 (local 2614) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .