Wellness Champions Celebrated: Now with Photos!

The Winds of Change Recognition Awards were given on Saturday at the celebration dinner that marked the culmination of the Wellness Gathering.

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In the meantime, please congratulate the first high school student to be recognised in the award’s 5 year history, and two of the most dynamic and productive community groups out there. The Winds of Change Steering Committee is pleased to recognise the following wellness champions:

For Empowering Individuals and Communities to Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices,  Cassie Dan.

A grade 12 student at Xet’olacw Community School, Cassie is one of the founding members of the Chiefs for Change – a group of students at XCS who are hoping to run some initiatives to raise awareness and help communities in a variety of ways this year. She plays soccer and basketball at XCS and helps her school community by organizing food drives, ‘be the change’ activities, and by choosing to be a good friend. Staff recognise her as someone with quiet determination, with incredible follow-through, who checks in on her peers and uses respectful language in her interactions. She lives a healthy lifestyle and “walks her talk.”

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Retiring Area C Director Susie Gimse, Lil’wat Nation Councillor Joanne John, and Village of Pemberton Councillor James Linklater, hold up the award for the first highschool student to win a Winds of Change Recognition Award, Cassie Dan.

For Bringing People and Communities Together in Spirit of Collaboration and Cooperation – Stewardship Pemberton.

Apart from running awesome (and affordable social) programming for kids, and encouraging people to get outside and learn more about this beautiful habitat we inhabit, the volunteer powerhouses at Stewardship Pemberton don’t just bring kids and nature together, but they bring  all living creatures in our river valley together, through programs like Nature Camp, BC Rivers Day, the Crabapple project, Bioblitz, and more. As one nominator said, “just look at their website!” They cover it all. All demographics and cultures. Healthy living, environmental stewardship, local food, education and fun, and all outside. They are an inspirational group.

PS You can still vote for them, to help them secure a $10,000 Community Champions grant from BC Hydro. Just 6 more days!

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Members of Stewardship Pemberton’s Board of Directors receive their Winds of Change Recognition Award.


For Exemplifying Community Caring and Responsibility –  Pemberton Rotary Club.

Hands-on work and fundraising from the Rotary Club of Pemberton members have impacted the wellness of all of the communities from the Lower Lakes bands to Anderson Lake, to Pemberton, over the past 5 years. They strive to create both environments and events where the people of Pemberton, Mt Currie, D’Arcy and the Lower Lakes Bands come together as one community to enjoy themselves.Consider this exhausting (although probably not exhaustive) list:

  • donating funds and helping lay sod for the Playground at Signal Hill Elementary
  • funding the Exercise Loop at One Mile Lake
  • funding irrigation at the Meadows soccer field
  • laying sod at the Pemberton Seniors Centre
  • funding and so laying at the Water Park and Skateboard Park
  • providing bursaries for Pemberton Secondary Students
  • organising WinterFest, an outdoor family celebration of winter activity
  • organising an annual Golf Tournament
  • sponsoring the PSS Interact Club to help students learn leadership skills
  • supporting the Youth Centre’s annual Youth Dance
  • funding the Winds of Change Speaker Series which brought Dr Art Hister to town
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Pemberton Rotary Club is recognised for their contributions to community wellness at the 2014 Winds of Change Recognition Awards.

Congratulations to all the nominees,

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Winds of Change Steering Committee Chair recognises many of the individuals who were nominated for a Winds of Change Recognition Award.

and thanks to those thoughtful folk who took the time to recognise the people amongst us who walking the talk and imbuing our communities with wellness and goodness!

We are stronger for all of you.

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