Elizabeth Melnick of Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center is a past recipient of UFV’s Betty Urquhart Community Service award.

Elizabeth Melnick of Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center is a past recipient of UFV’s Betty Urquhart Community Service award.

Nominations open for UFV Betty Urquhart Community Service award

Award recognizes those who make community a better place to live

University of the Fraser Valley is seeking nominations for its Betty Urquhart Community Service award.

The award recognizes individuals or groups who have made the Fraser Valley a better place to live and who make everyday contributions to their community.

Betty Urquhart was one of the first employees of the university and believed strongly in volunteering and giving back to the community.

BETTY URQUHART

She passed away in 1995, but UFV keeps her memory alive by honouring a person or group exemplifying her commitment to life-long learning and community.

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Some recent past winners of the annual Betty Urquhart award include:

– Mike Csoka, Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society, for his work on providing school lunches to children in need;

– Elizabeth Melnick of Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford;

– The Crystal Gala Foundation of Abbotsford;

– Kosum Soni of Mission for her work with vulnerable communities;

– Veronica Back of Mission for her outreach activity; and

– Brittany Clough of Chilliwack for her volunteer efforts with teenage girls on self-esteem issues.

The award is presented at the UFV retirees’ dinner in November. The deadline for this year’s nominations is Monday, Oct 8.

Criteria and nomination forms are available online at ufv.ca/betty, or contact Linda Dahl at 1-888-554-4561 or linda.dahl@ufv.ca.