Eight Prince Rupert residents received Civic Recognition Awards last week, acknowledging their outstanding achievements in the community.
Mel Bishop was bestowed with the Civic Merit Award, recognizing his work with youth through basketball. The award is given to individuals who bring distinction to the community with outstanding achievements in a variety of areas.
“Your sharing of knowledge and skills specifically helped them to take charge of their lives, giving them a solid foundation through which to channel their energy and better themselves, and reach other achievements during their lives,” reads the City of Prince Rupert’s citation.
Civic Appreciation Awards were given to four Rupertites, expressing gratitude for services and contributions they have provided that have benefitted the community.
Chris Green was recognized for her extensive involvement with Prince Rupert youth.
“Your extensive involvement with Scouts Canada since 1950 and your numerous hours of volunteer service to our youth in the community are a testament that this award is truly well deserved. The efforts that you have shown by giving countless kids opportunities, knowledge and experience that they otherwise may have not had,” states the city’s citation.
Reggie Huskins received the award for his volunteer work.
“Over the years you have been an active participant in planning and fundraising with the Moose Lodge and other community groups such as the Rampage. You are seen amongst the city always promoting hockey and other community events,” the citation reads.
Doug Kydd was recognized for his significant efforts to support the community at large and also for his work to better specific sectors of Prince Rupert.
“You have always been there with your organizational and communication skills, as well as a sense of humour, to reach out and lend a hand in facilitation of a community need,” read the citation.
The final Civic Appreciation Award recipient was Pouyan Mahboubi for his work as head of the Department of Applied Coastal Ecology.
“For the last 18 years you have contributed in a significant way to the scientific, academic, social and economic development of Prince Rupert, demonstrating in your actions particular principles, such as honesty, kindness, perseverance and selfless spirit of service,” the city’s citation read.
Three members of the Prince Rupert Airport Authority were awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation, which recognizes individuals’ contributions to a city-established committee or task force.
Diane Copperthwaite was recognized for her service as a director of the Airport Authority.
“Your ideas, input, and enthusiasm have been most helpful and have assisted in making valuable improvements,” reads the citation.
Vice-president Shane Deinstadt also received the certificate.
“Your contribution to the board over the past 10 years has been immense and is sincerely valued,” stated the citation.