Golden Jubilee Medal Recipients
Groenevelt - Logan Lake
His friends call him ‘Bobo’, but the community of Logan Lake refers to Henk as an indispensable asset. A charter member of the Lions club, he has held presidential and secretarial positions for thirty years as a member. Henk never stops helping his community. Once part of the PTA, and the resident village clown Henk founded the Logan Lake clown club. Sitting on the Logan Lake TV Society, being politically active as of late, is one part of this man's character. You might also find this upstanding citizen in floppy shoes clowning around and bringing smiles to the faces of children in his community. Congratulations!
McKague - Savona
Walter has been an active volunteer in Savona since his arrival in 1949. As president of the Community Association several times, he played a crucial role in the advancement of the Savona area. Walter has been involved in the building of the community hall, running bingo games, building a community beach, and organizing the Savona Beach Festival. President of the PTA, a former member of the Lions club, and an active member of the Old Age Pension Association (OAPA) Walter has demonstrated his willingness to help in a wide variety of ways. It’s obvious that Walter is the kind of friendly neighbor that is greeted warmly in his community, and a leader who has given back to his friends and family in Savona. Congratulations!
Hopcott - Savona
Marion has resided in the area since her birth in Savona in 1914. In the 20s she was a student at the dormitory at St. Anne's Academy and became a competent pianist. The epitome of a pioneer, Marion married Jack Stuart, purchased ranchland at Copper Creek and settled down to have a family in the 1930s.They ranched there until 1946. From 1946 to 1969 she operated the Cotton Ranch. During that time she served as Secretary-Treasurer for the Tunkwa Lake Stock Association. She was also a school trustee through the 50s; a member of the TNRD Planning Committee for 12 years; Member of the Savona Community Association since its inception. A strong spirit and an asset to her community, Marion is deserving of recognition as an extraordinary pioneer. Congratulations
Jardine - Kamloops
of Kamloops’ favorite sons, Kevin has maintained a spirit of
kindness and humanity in the corporate world. Kevin’s business successes
are second only to his sense of community. He is known for volunteering
staff hours and financial support towards countless community teams and
events. Chair of the original Multiplex committee, Kevin has sold more
than sporting equipment during his illustrious career,
he donated his time and business to promoting sport and athletes
of the region. Without question
a successful businessman, Kevin opened his first Sport Mart store
in in Kamloops in 1984. There are now fifty-six stores. The spin-off
employment of area talent due to his business ventures has been a wonderful
boon to the economy. Kevin exemplifies not only a true gift for entrepreneurship
but a true understanding of the spirit of corporate sponsorship.
Jensen - Kamloops
nurse by profession, and a tireless volunteer by practice Bridget has
given much of her time to helping people. A pediatrics nurse at Royal
Inland Hospital for thirty-five years, in her free time Bridget serves
the YM – YWCA. Bridget has served as an YM – YWCA director,
and enjoys organizing for the Y Triathlon. Bridget also volunteers to
canvass on behalf of charity organizations. An outstanding parent and
role model, Bridget continues to help children, although hers are grown. As
a community nurse, Bridget works with children with medical disabilities.
Often her hard work and dedication is not noticed due to the silent service
she provides, confidentially helping families with disabled children.
She has helped with the Silent Voices choir for hearing-impaired children,
and traveled to Ottawa with the choir to help them perform. Bridget has
been heavily involved with St. Paul’s church, and at one point in
time ran the junior choir at St. Paul’s. The endless flow of compassion
has earned Bridget the right to be recognized as a nurse whose healing
of youth is truly one of a kind. Congratulations!
Puhallo - Kamloops
famous cowboy poet from rural Kamloops, Mike has an affinity for the
heritage of our region. Nominated for male poet of the year three years
in a row by the Academy of Western Artists, he is one of the few Canadians
recognized throughout the world for his contributions to cowboy culture.
Five books and one CD later Mike’s work has been immortalized and
will inform future generations about our past. Mike brings honour
and recognition to our area’s heritage through his poems, and currently
serves as president of the BC Cowboy Heritage Society. Congratulations!
Manuel - Kamloops
active member of the Kamloops Indian Band, and their oldest Veteran, Allan
has dedicated his life to serving his country. Allan had a distinguished
military career overseas when he volunteered to fight for Canada in 1942,
but received very little recognition for his great efforts. After spending
four years in the military service, Allan moved to different forms of
service towards his community. Allan has sat on the housing committee,
police committee, sports committee, and the Elders committee, working
tirelessly for the Kamloops Indian Band. His efforts have not gone
unnoticed. He deserves recognition for his service to our Nation. Congratulations!
Shupe - Kamloops
his professional designation as a provincial court judge, Terry has given
to society. His other titles prove his extraordinary commitment to the
community. Founding chairman of the Crisis Centre, trustee for Big Brothers,
founding and honorary life chairman for Western Canada Theatre Company, and
an instrumental member in the construction of the Sagebrush Theatre,
he is an asset to many in the Kamloops area. It is abundantly clear
that Judge Shupe has given our province so much more than twenty-five
years as a trial judge. His past accolades reflect a passion for the arts
and his fellow community members. His latest endeavors involve travelling
to countries in strife, and mentoring judges. The Independent Judicial
Commission cites Judge Shupe’s contributions as ‘exemplary’.
In his spare time, Judge Shupe has taken up the hobby of woodworking.
Truly representative of his nature, the wooden toys and furniture he creates
are then donated to Christmas Amalgamated.
Marshall - Kamloops
a professional capacity Marg has given leadership to three
organizations in the community. In the 1970’s Marg led the
Kamloops family YMCA to new programing initiatives through her staff
and board roles. An administrator with a heart and a business
plan, Marg always pushes the envelope in the pursuit of a better
way of serving people with needs. As executive director of the
Phoenix Centre, Marg brought the centre to new levels of professionalism
and growth in her eighteen years of service. A registered nurse, and a
member of multiple provincial advisory committees it is no wonder that
Marg’s tireless efforts landed her the award of Woman of the
Year – Business Category. Marg recently became Executive Director
of the Kiwanis House an organization that is, coincidentally, in a growth
phase. Beyond her job commitment, Marg has also given many hours of volunteer
service through groups such as the RIH board of directors.
Jules - Kamloops
of the Kamloops Art Gallery, Linda is a credit to the Kamloops and area
art community. Linda was founder of the Secwepemc Museum and Archives
at the Kamloops Indian Band, and is responsible for highlighting the cultural
art works of the Shuswap people. She serves on the University of Victoria
board of governors, and is currently vying to establish a public fine
arts high school in Kamloops. Being a member of the Canadian Museum Association,
allows Linda to pursue her passion for art exhibition. A tireless
worker, and community member extraordinaire Linda had dedicated countless
hours to the administration of local museums. Congratulations!
Wallace - Kamloops
a politician Pat Wallace has served her country and her community in an
exemplary fashion. Twenty-seven years as a city councilor and director
of the Thompson, Nicola Regional District.
This translates to unbelievable number of hours Pat has donated
to the Riding. Outside the political realm, Pat has chaired blood donor
clinics, Cancer campaigns, United Way campaigns, and is a member of countless
other societies. In what she calls "another life" Pat was a teacher at UCC.
After her first public election in 1975 her political flame has never
been extinguished in municipal politics She is currently vice-chair
of the Municipal Green Fund Council, and remains an active city councilor.
Her experience has led her to be elected recently as president of the
Union of B.C. Municipalities. Congratulations!
Thomas - Clearwater
the ultimate volunteer by her nominator, Cheryl is the type of valuable
volunteer that any community would embrace. Cheryl has served on the hospital
auxiliary, crisis line, community health advisory committee, North Thompson
Community Skills Centre Board, Yellowhead Ecological Society, and as the
secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. Most recently Cheryl has been active
with the Alexander Themis society, serving as their secretary. Cheryl
is regarded as a 24/7 volunteer. Judging by her host of activities, this
comment is not far from the truth. Congratulations!
Boughton - Kamloops
breath of fresh air and a respiratory therapist Daniel has done some amazing
work in the name of medicine. Building a volunteer organization to perform
medical work in third world countries has been a passion for Daniel. He
has lead Assistance for Respiratory Treatment (ART) through five
years of operation, six mercy missions, and three conferences. The ART
team focuses primarily on children, but will aid any who need help.
A humanitarian, a medical professional, and a valued member of the
Kamloops community, Daniel is a professional who heals the wounds
of society through his work. Congratulations!
Erin Gammel - Barriere
female athlete from Barriere, Erin exemplifies the true spirit of sport.
Swimming since age eight, Erin’s extensive resume includes: multiple
athlete of the year awards; title of Canadian backstroke champion for
five years; participating in two Pan Pacific and one Pan Am games, as
well as participating in a Commonwealth Games. While traveling overseas
Erin serves as an ambassador for Canada, and the Kamloops Thompson Highland
Valleys region. When she is not swimming for Canada, she serves her community
as a motivational speaker at area High Schools. Congratulations!
MP Betty Hinton receives a special flag as a gift from Mr. Earl Holley,
son of Cpl. Holley, who served in Afghanistan and was one of the medal