Today I had the distinct honour of attending the 2016 British Columbia Community Achievement Award ceremony at Government House. The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development presented 32 British Columbians with distinguished awards “in recognition of their outstanding community contributions“.
It was moving to listen to the citations for each and every one of these incredible British Columbians. Their dedication to the betterment of our communities is an inspiration to us all.
I would like to single out one award winner whose name many of you might recognize. And that is Judy Fainstein, who works in my Constituency Office. As noted in her citation:
Judy Fainstein has served as a community leader who inspires thousands of youth in British Columbia. Ten years ago, she started Youth for Environmental Stewardship (YesBC) to help young people become environmental leaders. Judy has ensured that the youth she works with take a leading role and this innovative approach has grown the organization into a meaningful and effective environmental education group in BC.
Anyone who has had the pleasure of working with Judy will know how deserving she is of this award. I am truly fortunate to work with Judy and I can assure the residents of Oak Bay-Gordon Head that they are well served by such a dedicated constituency assistant. Below I attach a video of Judy receiving the award.
Congratulations to Judy and congratulations to all winners of the 2016 BC Community Achievement Award.