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City to honour seven Local Heroes
Burnaby city hall has named the seven recipients of this year's Local Hero Awards which recognizes people who have contributed to the community's well-being over an extended period in multiple ways.
Since 1997, Burnaby has recognized 225 citizens through the program. For 2013, the recipients are:
• Verna Adamson, a 15-year volunteer with Scouts Canada who oversees the scouting network in Burnaby, and a past president of the Burnaby Rhododendron and Garden Society;
• Georgette Leduc, an active volunteer for 15 years four local seniors care homes where she visits residents, helps with recreation programs, provides end-of-life companionship and coordinates Mass for Catholic residents;
• Gulshan Megji, an active volunteer for 19 years with the Burnaby Art Gallery and Citizen Support Services;
• Velma Pallen, a 20-year volunteer with the Burnaby Lougheed Lions Club, Burnaby North Lions Club and Fellburn Care Centre;
• Larry Smith, who has volunteered countless hours with the Burnaby Hospice Society Thrift Store and Progressive Housing Society;
• Ken Tunnicliffe, a 20-plus-years volunteer with South Burnaby United Church and a 15-year volunteer with both the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion and the Sharing Our Futures Foundation where he helps raise funds to support people with developmental disabilities in Burnaby;
• Melanie Walkus, who actively volunteers at Twelfth Avenue Elementary School and with its parent advisory committee, including organizing Christmas hampers for families in need, preparing and serving breakfast to students who come to school hungry, and working with a district committee to help establish an agreement between the education ministry, school district and Burnaby Teachers Association to encourage the success of Aboriginal students in the Burnaby school system.
The recipients will be formally recognized at the Nov. 4 city council meeting.