ANIMAL AMBASSADOR This individual has directly impacted the well-being of animals. They have rescued, protected or enhanced the quality of life of an animals locally, outside of BC and beyond. Through their leadership they have created positive change to respect and protect animals and/or displayed outstanding behaviour in honour of animals.
ARTS AMBASSADOR This individual(s) is vital to the diversity of our community and encourages participation, and social well-being. They encourage partnerships and initiatives to support the arts, heritage and cultural landscape of the Valley.
COACH(ES) This individual(s) makes a positive contribution to our sports community. They are exemplary in developing skills and confidence in participants, inspires youth, and encourages a high level of athletic achievement and commitment.
COMMUNITY BUILDER This individual or group has taken the initiative to engage residents in an innovative or new community project or event. The initiative might encourage different groups to collaborate, address a gap in community participation, or result in a more inclusive, engaged community initiative/event.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER This individual(s) makes a positive contribution to the community by volunteering their time. This person is significantly relied upon by others.
COURAGE & BRAVERY This individual(s) has exhibited great bravery while facing a threat to their own safety in coming to the aid of another. While conquering fear, this individual triumphed for the benefit of another.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION ADVOCATE This individual has made a significant contribution to the community to increase awareness and advocate for a community culture where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized and celebrated.
EDUCATOR This individual(s) demonstrates a high level of ethics and professional standards, is an inspirational motivator, excellent communicator, good listener and a reliable resource to the community and his/her students.
EMERGENCY SERVICES This individual(s) makes a positive contribution by going the extra mile. They are exemplary in the area of emergency services and unselfishly shoulder enormous responsibility while accepting the potential risks and challenges of the job.
ENVIRONMENTAL HERO This individual(s) makes a positive contribution to the community by championing environmentally friendly initiatives. They inspire others to be green by being a leading or advocating in ecologically sound practices.
HERO OF THE YEAR This individual rises above the rest by demonstrating unwavering leadership, compassion and community spirit in all that he or she does. He or she makes a genuine and significant contribution to the Valley and is a natural community role model.(COMMUNITY PARTNERS JUDGING PANEL WILL SELECT)
SENIORS’ champion This individual(s) has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to enrich the social, cultural or civic life of our community. Must be 65 years or older.
UNSUNG HERO This individual has made a positive contribution to the community through their work, and has gone beyond to support the community and/or cause.
YOUTH VOLUNTEER This young individual (under 18) makes a positive contribution to the community through volunteer efforts, community engagement, leading by example, and has directly impacted the community.