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Hometown Heroes are found in all parts of British Columbia


Pacific Western Brewing (PWB) Hometown Hero candidates have registered in all regions of BC as the brewery prepares to award bursaries to the first four heroes to be named later this month.

Kazuko Komatsu, owner and CEO of PWB, says: “We are very pleased with the province-wide response to our Hometown Heroes program. As the Official Sponsor of the 2015 Canada Winter Games we plan to award bursaries to 16 heroes between now and the start of the Games in Prince George a year from now.

“The Hometown Heroes Program is designed to support the goals of the 2015 Canada Winter Games by identifying and supporting athletes and community leaders and mentors who have shown the potential to become Canada’s future ambassadors.”

The spirit of this program has been endorsed by none other than BC’s very own business magnate Jim Pattison who offered his own words of wisdom for those seeking to be selected as heroes: “Ya gotta wanna!”

Stuart Ballantyne, CEO of 2015 Canada Winter Games, says: “In their partnership with the 2015 Canada Winter Games, and the expansion of their Hometown Hero Program, Pacific Western Brewing is recognizing athletes across the province who show exceptional dedication to their sport. The 2015 Games is proud to partner with sponsors like Pacific Western Brewing who celebrate similar values of youth, sport, culture and community.”

PWB is continuing to accept applications through to the end of January 2015 with three more rounds of selections. In each round a Hometown Hero will be selected from four major provincial regions – Northern BC, Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan/Kootenays.

At least 16 heroes will be selected from all regions of BC in four rounds leading up to the Games in February 2015, Ms. Komatsu says.

“Our heroes will be sharing a minimum of $32,000 representing a portion of PWB proceeds from the sale of our Cariboo Genuine Draft 20 packs. We started this program in 2002 and we have supported many young athletes and other community heroes whose extraordinary endeavours inspire us all.”

Ms. Komatsu added that candidates not picked in the current round will continue to be valid contenders in subsequent rounds.

Application to the Hometown Heroes program is open to any BC resident currently engaged in sports as an athlete or coach, or otherwise excelling in a community mentoring activity. Applicants must be at least 19 years old.

Application forms are available online at Email the application to: or mail to: Hometown Heroes Bursaries, PWB Foundation, 3876 Norland Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5G 4T9.

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