Six outstanding citizens of the South Okanagan – Similkameen were honoured on February 21 by the awarding of a Queen’s Jubilee medal, presented to them by BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko.
Three citizens of the Similkameen and three from the South Okanagan were given the medals, which commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne.
James Ouellette of Oliver, Kim Schur of Oliver and Brian Lobb of Osoyoos were the recipients from the South Okanagan. From the Similkameen, Charles Finch was awarded posthumously, his award received by surviving wife Hilgred. Finch, who passed away last year, flew bomber missions during World War II, returning to the Similkameen to perform a lifetime of service to his community in numerous ways.
Beryl Wallace of Hedley was another recipient from the Similkameen. She was recognized for her community work in Hedley, making improvements to the OAPO hall, hosting many community dinners and acting as president of the Hedley seniors organization.
Solana Allison of Princeton was the third Similkameen recipient. Atamanenko spoke of her environmental activism and her work to keep Princeton Hospital viable as part of her efforts to make the community a better place.
The awards ceremony was well attended by Similkameen politicians Area “G” Director Angelique Wood and Area “H” Director Brad Hope.