Spirit of Oliver

Nominations for 2018 are Closed

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".

2017 Winners Announced

Heritage or Pioneer Family This award honours all those pioneers that settled in greater Oliver following the establishment of the Fairview Townsite (1887). The original townsite of Oliver was surveyed in 1921 and through their spirit and perseverance helped build Oliver.
For 2018 the decision was made to change the award to recognize a Pioneer Family  No nominations received for the Pioneer Family Category

Group This award recognizes a community group that demonstrates an outstanding contribution to the community. The Winner is Highway to Healing. 

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 Simi Gill.

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 Greg Norton.

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 Winners are Amanda Workman and Randee Ede.

2016 Winners

                    - Sue Morhun — Heritage

                      - Larry Larson - Individual Adult

                      - Women of Oliver for Women — Group

                      - Ryan Encina — Youth

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