Spirit of Oliver

The Oliver Good Citizen Award was donated in 1950 by the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

First Recipient was Harold Wright.

In 1961 the Junior Chamber of Commerce ceased to exist, and the trophy was reintroduced in 1966 by the Oliver Board of Trade, later to be renamed “Oliver Chamber of Commerce”.

In 1990, it was decided to make two presentations; one to honour the pioneers who have helped to establish our  community and the other to honour our more recent good citizens.

Hence two plaques: “The Citizen Award” and “The Pioneer Award”.

2019 Winners 
This year was unique with COVID regulations in place. The celebrations were put on hold in the spring but a small award ceremony took place in the Council Chambers on October 13th. A big THANK YOU to all nominees, nominators and volunteers. You are what makes Oliver great! 

Community Roots This award Honours individuals or groups that may have settled in greater Oliver following the establishment of the Fairview Townsite and surrounding areas including Osoyoos Indian Band lands. There were no nominations in this category this year.

Group This award recognizes a community group that demonstrates an outstanding contribution to the community. The Winner is Oliver Citizens Crime Watch  

Youth This award recognizes an individual youth member who has demonstrated a commitment to our community and has made extraordinary volunteer contributions.  The Winner is Enola Mills

Individual This award recognizes the volunteer work of an individual adult or couple who have contributed significantly through voluntary service involving a variety of projects, groups and/or programs. The Winner is Chris Yerburgh

Community Builder (Oliver Parks & Recreation Society Award) This award recognizes an individual or group that through voluntary activities have left a legacy that builds and improves our community and will enhance the quality of life of children, youth and families. The Winner is Benita Baerg

Benita Baerg
Enola Mills
Oliver Citizens Crime Watch
Chris Yerburgh
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2018 Winners:

Community Roots:   Jane Stelkia

Individual Adult:      Fiona Wood 

Group:                       Oliver Lions Club 

Youth:                        Abby Teigen

Community Builder (Oliver Parks & Recreation Society Award):

                                    Jan and Larry Shannon  

2017 Winners:

Pioneer Family:   No nominations received for the Pioneer Family Category

Group:                   Highway to Healing

Youth:                   Simi Gill

Individual:           Greg Norton

Community Builder (Oliver Parks & Recreation Society Award): 

                               Amanda Workman and Randee Ede


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