Locals celebrate community at the YMCA’s 2014 AGM

Pictured in this contributed photo are YMCA CEO Sharon Peterson, left, and Y Senior Manager Karlene Sewell who was honoured for 15 years of service.
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YMCA members and those from the community gathered at the YMCA of Okanagan’s 2014 Annual General Meeting on April 28th to celebrate the charity’s achievements over the past year, to recognize staff, volunteers, and donors, and to elect its Board of Directors.

“We are grateful for the amazing people who choose to devote their time, talents and passions to the Y,” says CEO Sharon Peterson. “This year we were honored to present awards to some of our longstanding staff and volunteers who have served 10, 15 and 20 plus years with the Y, which speaks volumes towards their commitment to building healthier communities.”

In 2008, the YMCA of Okanagan named their volunteer award of excellence after a valued volunteer of over 30 years, Jill Siebert, and it now serves as an opportunity for the Y to acknowledge those volunteers who display exceptional service and who are integral to the Y’s success. The 2014 recipients include: Youth Awards of Excellence—Aneesha Thouli, fitness instructor and Will Tanner, child and youth programs as well as Adult Awards of Excellence—Tracey-Lynne Pedlar, fitness instructor; Shirley Thompson, recreational programs; and, Ren Flores, YMCA Beyond the Bell.

The 2014 Board of Directors was also elected. Standing for another year are Dave Cronquist, Nancy Cameron, Bryan Akerstream, Paul Demay, Joni Metherell, Emma Miller, Raina Reddecliff, Randy Schueler, Martin Rutherford, Judy Shoemaker, Sharon Varette, and Kathryn Johnson. Special mention was given to Ron Stewardson, board chair from 2010-2014 and director since 2007, who has retired from the YMCA of Okanagan board.

The YMCA would like to thank all of its staff, volunteers, donors, sponsors and community partners for their continued support. You can find the Y’s Impact Report titled “Your Y… so much more” online at ymcaokanagan.ca.

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