Burnaby volunteers honoured

Pavers at Citizens' Place by city hall are inscribed with people who have been recognized by the city for volunteering in their community.

Volunteers from all different areas were honoured at a ceremony in Burnaby on Saturday, where their names have been inscribed permanently into the Citizens’ Plaza.

A very big tent sheltered the group of former athletes, coaches, sports “builders” and business people as well as recipients of the Kushiro Cup – Citizens of the Year for 2016 and 2017 - as the mayor introduced them and talked about their accomplishments.

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The city had organized an official dedication of new commemorative paving stones at the Citizens’ Plaza outside of Burnaby City Hall. There are about 800 pavers, each inscribed with the name of people or groups who have been inducted into Burnaby’s halls of fame.

At the ceremony, Jim and Lindy McQueen were honoured with the 2106 Kushiro Cup, and Bill Corson, who volunteers in community policing and Block Watch, was honoured as the recipient of the 2017 Kushiro Cup.

The McQueens were recognized for their volunteer work with a myriad of organizations, and praised by the mayor as “role models for others.”
“It’s not work,” Lindy said. “It’s a whole bunch of fun.”

The Beedie Development Group and Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating, both well established Burnaby businesses were inducted into the Burnaby Business Hall of Fame, on recommendation by the Burnaby Board of Trade.

Long-time SFU women’s soccer coach Shelley Howieson was inducted into the Sport Hall of Fame this year, and, at the ceremony, she thanked the city for its support.

“You’ve all heard it takes a village to raise a child,” she said. “It takes a city to grow a championship program.”

Burnaby has honoured its volunteers by inscribing their names into pavers at city hall. - Maria Rantanen


2016 Athletes

Bruce Gant

Patti McGuire

Joseph Scigliano

Dan Stroup


2017 Athletes

Ruky Abdulai

Bryan Miki

Wayne Van Dorp


2016 Builders

Song Chul Kim

Duff Slavin

George Wong

John Buchanan


2017 Builders

Val Roche

John Stockdale


2016 Coach

Derek Evely


2017 Coaches

Shelley Howieson

Adrian Lavigne



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