16 Mile resident Deb Arnott is among 36 outstanding British Columbians who were last week named the recipients of the eighth annual BC Community Achievement Awards by Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation.
“Each of these people has a remarkable record of enhancing the quality of life of residents throughout the province,” said Premier Christy Clark. “And each truly deserves to be singled out and recognized by all British Columbians for their contributions.”
“These individuals work diligently all year round and their contributions yield concrete and lasting benefits for all of us,” said Mitchell. “Their work stands as a beacon to selfless community service, and our lives are richer for it.”
“Arnott is a community leader and role model who promotes business and community economic development in the Central Interior as general manager of Community Futures Sun Country,” states her biography. “Debra also supports a wide range of community initiatives as a volunteer including the Regional Literacy group, Thompson Rivers University, Regional Welcoming Communities, and the Historic Hat Creek Ranch to name a few.”
She shares the honour with past local winners, Cache Creek citizens Barb Shaw (2003) and Ben Roy (2008) and Lytton’s Peggy Chute (2008).
Former Kamloops City Councillor John O’Fee was also recognized.
The recipients of the 2011 British Columbia Community Achievement Awards will be recognized in a formal presentation at Government House in Victoria on April 20, 2011. Each will receive a certificate and a medallion designed by B.C. artist Robert Davidson.
The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent organization established and endowed by the Province of B.C. to celebrate excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service.