University of the Fraser Valley is seeking nominations for its annual Betty Urquhart Community Service Award.
The award recognizes individuals or groups in the Fraser Valley who have made a significant impact on the community through their volunteer work on a specific project or with an organization.
The project must have taken place at least partially during the immediately preceding year.
Betty Urquhart was one of the first employees of the university and believed strongly in volunteering and giving back to the community.
She passed away in 1995, but UFV keeps her memory alive by honouring a person or group exemplifying her commitment to life-long learning and community.
Some recent past winners of the annual Betty Urquhart Award include:
• Mike Straiton, Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association, for his efforts to help facilitate healing, crime prevention, and rehabilitation within the Chilliwack community
• Mike Csoka, Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society, for his work on providing school lunches to children in need;
• Elizabeth Melnick of Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford;
• the Crystal Gala Foundation of Abbotsford; and
• John Redekop in recognition of this volunteer fundraising activities on behalf of several organizations – in particular, Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre in Lindell Beach.
The award includes a monetary prize to be given to the charity of the recipient’s choice.
The deadline for this year’s nominations is Friday, Oct. 30. Criteria and nomination forms are available online at ufv.ca/betty.