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First ever Kootenay Game Changer nominees announced

Kootenay Game Changer nominees have been announced. - •
Kootenay Game Changer nominees have been announced.
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Kootenay Game Changer nominations have been closed and nominated individuals, groups, and organizations have been contacted. The nominees will each be honoured at the October 15th Gala at the St Eugene Golf Resort and Casino, with one nominee from each category receiving special acknowledgment. The Kootenay Game Changer Awards are a collaboration of local media (E-, Black Press, Total Country B104, and 102.9 The Drive) to honour individuals around the Kootenays.

“Local media finds themselves running stories about incredible community members on daily basis”, stated E-Know owner, Carrie Schaffer. “We thought it would be fun to acknowledgement some of these great stories publicly. We opened nomination over the summer, and are excited to invite 45 different individuals and organizations to a dinner gala.”

Each nominee will be treated to dinner thanks to support from local businesses and industry.

“Each nominee will be treated to dinner at the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino, thanks to a partnership between Columbia Power and the Awards Organizing Committee; as well as St. Eugene graciously offering to host the event,” said Total Country and the Drive, General Manager, Leo Baggio. “We have also had numerous local business step up to sponsor each category. We are really thankful for how community has rallied around this process and the gala in its first year.”

The Kootenay Game Changer Awards are about honouring the Kootenays and the people who have made change in the Kootenays. To keep with the Kootenay theme, the entire night will include Kootenay based food and entertainment.

“Chef Ronny Belkin and his team at St. Eugene will be making a Kootenay dinner, created with local products from local producers and culinary artisans; including Cutter Ranch, 3 Crows Farm, Kootenay Meadows, and the Kimberley City Bakery”, added Black Press publisher Zena Williams. “As well, Dawson Rutledge will be providing some dinner entertainment; and SnapShot Selfie Station will be there to capture the moments in a really fun way!”

The list of the nominees up for an award on October 15th are:

Youth Game Changer

Sponsor: Mister Tire


• Connect Church

• Youth Impact Centre

Education Game Changer

Sponsor: College of the Rockies


• Marlene Driscoll

• Kayley Wasylowich

• Joe Pierre

• Leah Bradish

Health & Wellness Game Changer

Sponsor: Re/Max Blue Sky Realty Nominees

• Trish Reimer- Kootenay Fun 5

• Laura Young- Nanny’s Cupboard

• Chelsea McCormack- Inner Roar Yoga

• Cranbrook Food Action Committee

Finance & Economics Game Changer

Sponsor: Brothers Insurance


• Basin Business Advisors Program

• Ktunaxa Nation Council Economic Sector

• Downtown Business Association

Government Game Changer

Sponsor: Paulson Fire & Flood


• Regional District of the East Kootenay

• City of Kimberley

• Ktunaxa Nation Council

• Cranbrook Kimberley Development Initiative

Protective Services Game Changer

Sponsor: Rella, Paolini, & Rogers


• Cranbrook Search & Rescue

• Street Angel

• Blaze Dobson

• Katryna Sigurdson

Family Game Changer

Sponsor: Ostash Exteriors


• Aileen Wilson, Pay It Forward

• Daleen Bybee,

• Community Connections Society of Southeast BC


Arts & Culture Game Changer

Sponsor: Ktunaxa Nation Council


• Kimberley Centre 64

• Key City Theatre

• Elkford Arts Council

First Nations Game Changer

Sponsor: Teck Coal Ltd.


• Joe Pierre

• Street Angel

• Robert Williams

Outdoors & Environment Game Changer

Sponsor: VAST Resources


• Groundswell Network

• Marlene Driscoll

• Colleen Bailey

Sports & Recreation Game Changer

Sponsor: Cranbrook Dodge


• Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association

• Seana Coolbaugh, Cranbrook Minor Ball

• Lukas Eaton, Local Soccer Literacy Coach

• Key City Gymnastics

• Blaine and Jody Boris, Elkford Minor Ball

Technology Game Changer

Sponsor: Genex Marketing


• Mount Baker Robotics Team

Tourism Game Changer

Sponsor: Fly Fusion Magazine


• Wapiti Music Festival, Fernie

• Music & Market on Main, Radium Hot Springs

• Cranbrook Multicultural Festival

Unsung Hero Game Changer

Sponsor: Jim Pattison


• Dave Miller, Extra Life Game Day

• Tommy White, Eagles Boxing & Charity Boxing Tournament

• Bunny Klassen, Ginger’s Legacy

• Helene Howell, multi decade Foster Parent

The Kootenay Game Changers Gala is on October 15th, at the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino. Tickets are available by calling 250-426-2224.

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