March 5, 2012
UFV seeks Betty
Urquart community service award nominees by March 16 deadline
Released by Lennae Durant, BCAA RSF
you know an individual or a group who has made the Fraser Valley a better
place to live? Those people who make everyday contributions to their
community but may not be recognized?
nominating them for the Betty Urquhart annual community service
Betty Urquhart was one of the first employees of Fraser Valley
College (now UFV) and believed strongly in the values volunteering
and giving back to the community. While Betty passed away in 1995,
UFV keeps her memory alive by honouring a person or group who
exemplifies her commitment to life-long learning and community.
With several outstanding nominees in 2011, two Fraser Valley
community supporters were recognized. Both Abbotsford’s Dr.
Elizabeth Watt and Hope’s Patricia Murakami were awarded the Betty
Urquhart Community Service Award in recognition of their efforts to
improve the quality of life for people in their towns. Dr. Watt is
well known in Abbotsford for her work with the Abbotsford Youth
Health Centre. Murakami was recognized for her over 40 years of work
with the Tillicum Centre, which provides support to community
members with disabilities.
Other past winners of the annual Betty Urquhart award include:
Volunteer Society in recognition of their ongoing commitment to
run the Yarrow community hall
Milt Walker for his volunteer work with the Reach Gallery Museum
Pat and Peggy
Wiens of Hope for their Soup’s On lunch program
resident Tara Scheirer for her work organizing the Warm Zone, a
temporary cold weather homeless shelter
Heather Stewin for starting a children’s reading program
Gwen Point for her role in launching the annual Chilliwack
Ann Dyble for her contribution to the UCFV community women’s
for the Sardis Doorway program she founded as a drop-in for
single mothers, and
Ruth Altendorf for her community work with a senior’s hiking
club and music group.
The award is
presented as part of the university’s annual convocation ceremony in
June. Recognizing community volunteers at convocation inspires
students to contribute and give back to their communities. It’s all
part of UFV’s commitment to changing lives and building community.”
If you’d like to nominate someone for the Betty Urquhart community
service award, review the criteria and download a nomination form at
www.ufv.ca/Board/Betty_Urquhart_award.htm or contact Lori
Ann Waites at 1-888-504-7441 (local 4521) or by email at
The deadline for this year’s nominations is Friday, March 16.
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