Elizabeth Melnick of Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford is a past recipient of UFV’s Betty Urquhart Community Service award.

Nominations open for UFV’s Betty Urquhart Community Service Award

Honour recognizes groups or individuals who have made a difference in Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley is seeking nominations for its annual Betty Urquhart Community Service award.

The award recognizes individuals or groups in the Fraser Valley who have made a difference through their volunteer work on a specific project or with an organization.

The project must have taken place at least partially during the immediately preceding year.

Betty Urquhart was one of the first employees of the university and believed strongly in volunteering and giving back to the community.

Betty Urquhart

She passed away in 1995, but UFV keeps her memory alive by honouring a person or group exemplifying her commitment to life-long learning and community.

Some recent past winners of the annual Betty Urquhart award include:

• Mike Straiton, Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association, for his efforts to help facilitate healing, crime prevention, and rehabilitation within the Chilliwack community

• Mike Csoka, Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society, for his work on providing school lunches to children in need;

• Elizabeth Melnick of Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford;

• the Crystal Gala Foundation of Abbotsford;

• Kosum Soni of Mission for her work with vulnerable communities;

• Veronica Back of Mission for her outreach activity; and

• Brittany Clough of Chilliwack for her volunteer efforts with teenage girls on self-esteem issues.

The award is presented at the UFV retirees’ dinner in November. It includes $1,500 to be given to the charity of the recipient’s choice.

The deadline for this year’s nominations is Thursday, Sept. 5.

Criteria and nomination forms are available online at ufv.ca/betty.

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