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Citizens of the Year

Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 12:13 PM


l-r Diane Nakamura, Dr. William Osei and Anthony Everett, the Russells were not able to be present.

Prince George BC- The five Citizens of the Year in Prince George have been named.

The new format for the annual fundraising event for the Prince George Community Foundation sees more than one person named instead of a competition among 5 with one “winner” announced at a gala dinner.

This year the Citizens of the Year are:

Dr. William Osei: Former  Medical Health Officer for the Northern Interior.  He  is a member of the Nechako Rotary Club,  where he works on Operaton Red Nose and leads the club’s international  Aid Efforts. ALso a member of the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society

Diane Nakamura : well known in the community for her work  with  high-risk and sexually exploited youth.  Volunteer coordinator at the  Prince George Sexual Assault Centre,  youth outreach worker at the P.G. Native Friendship Centre  and  has volunteered  with the Canadian Mental Health Association, St. Michaels Church Theatre Northwest the Prince George Council of Seniors, Operation Red Nose and the Nechako Rotary Club

Judy and Bill Russell: Through their businesses, Enchainment  Productions and  EPI Audiovisual,  they hae mentored hundreds of young people encouraging them to follow their dreams in the performing arts.  They have produced more than 35 stage productions and have  donated  time and expertise to many community events and fundraisers including the Festival of Trees, 100 Million Voices and the Taste of India.

Anthony Everett: Former Chair of the 2015 Canada Winter Games Society.  Under his leadership the  Games  ended with a surplus of $200 thousand dollars.

The honorees will be celebrated at a gala fund raising dinner on October 16th









AND WHY were they chosen???? Honestly… just half the story ??

I really like the new format! Bill and Judy Russell have contributed so much to our community for years! They have produced amazing productions, and helped train decades of kids. Diane Nakamura has done outstanding work for many organizations and individuals for years; and her advocacy skills are amazing! The other two nominated I am not familiar with but Dr Osei sounds very involved in our community, and internationally which is important. Also the Canada Winter Games were amazing! So hats off to Anthony Everett for a job well done. I like having more people recognized because there are outstanding men and women in every field!

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