Fifteen Revelstokians were given Spirit of Revelstoke Awards for their volunteer contributions to the community.
The awards were given out at the Volunteer Fair last Wednesday, Nov. 26. The recipients were:
— Ernie Ottewell for his many years volunteering with the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society and at the Revelstoke Railway Museum.
— Jackie Morris for her support of Bear Aware. She has been a board member for many years, acting as treasurer and also volunteering with various programs such as the gleaning project and helping revamp the Bear Aware website.
— Jane McNab was honoured for her work with the adult literacy volunteer tutor program, where she has spent the last four years helping adult learning improve their English skills and welcoming newcomers to the community.
— Keith McNab was recognized for his work with the Revelstoke Cycling Association. As president for the past years, he has tirelessly worked to improve and promote cycling in Revelstoke.
— Alison McTaggart, a youth volunteer who has dedicate time to supporting the Stoke Youth Network.
— Hailey Christie-Hoyle, another youth who has spent time on the Stoke Youth Network executive and working with the Revelstoke Theatre Company.
— Amanda Ringham, who is both a volunteer firefighter and a volunteer with the adult literacy program at Okanagan College.
— Brett Renaud, for his many years of volunteerism in the community. Notably, he manages the tent storage and rentals for the Rotary Club, grooms the golf course for cross-country skiers, and donates time, money and equipment from his businesses to all areas of the community.
— Ruth Boettger, the president of the Revelstoke Seniors Citizen Association since 2008, was honoured for her work recruiting new members and volunteers. She has helped increase membership and make the seniors centre a hub of activity.
— Sonny Pederson, for helping with the volunteer driving program, Knights of Pythias, Catholic Church, seniors centre and beyond — shoveling snow and mowing lawns for people that need the help.
— Karen Joy Armstrong for her dedication to the Revelstoke & District Humane Society.
— Gerti Smith, Greta Speerbrecker and Sheryl Wolgram were all honoured for their work with the Revelstoke Museum & Archives, where they help organize various programs, lead tours, work on fundraiser projects, help with research, tend to the garden and more.