Award winners Angela Giannotti, Renate Sutherland and Sharon Welch ham it up as finalists in the 2017 Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Awards gather for a group photo at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre Thursday, March 15, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

OUR VIEW: Our community leaders are inspirations

Community recognition ceremonies remind us of the amount of good that’s happening on the Island

People get awards for feats of strength, speed, and prowess in pretty much anything worthy of celebrating.

There’s the Oscars, Genies, Pulitzers, Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, Junos, Peabodys, and all kinds of cups and bowls. And that’s all great.

But throughout the year, at the local level, people across Vancouver Island’s communities are receiving recognition not for what they’re able to do, but what they have done for others.

Ceremonies in community halls from Port Hardy to Sooke hand out honours with titles like: Emergency Services Leader Award, Service Organization Volunteer Award, Environmental Leader Award, Teacher of the Year Award, Coach of the Year, Community Builder Award, Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, Above and Beyond Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, and Leader of the Year Award.

And if you are lucky enough to attend one of these ceremonies, it’s like being in a room of good.Rubbing elbows with so many people who are so eager to put others before themselves, and do it so well, was inspiring to say the least.

These people serve as a reminder that every one of us can aspire to make other people’s lives better, in ways large and small.

It just takes effort.



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