The winners of the City of Port Moody’s 2018 Civic Awards were announced Saturday, September 22, 2018 at a volunteer appreciation dinner at City Hall.
The Civic Awards program recognizes deserving people, organizations and businesses for service to the community in five categories: accessibility, arts, environment, heritage, and sport. The Sports Award, presented to individuals or groups who are positive role models and encourage young people to get involved in sports, will be presented in the spring. Award winners were selected by Port Moody’s civic committees, after a public nomination process.
Here are the winners of the 2018 Civic Awards:
Arts Award – Jim Millar and Markus Fahrner
The Arts Award celebrates an individual, organization, or business that significantly contributes to, and participates in, the artistic/cultural life of the community. Jim Millar and Markus Fahrner were recognized for their commitment to fostering the arts in Port Moody through their many collaborative exhibits, as well as their promotion of the Port Moody Station Museum as an integral part of the City of the Arts. Their most recent project was an exhibit titled “As He Saw It,” a collection of wartime sketches by the renowned German typographer Rudolph Koch. Millar is a role model who is dedicated to the Port Moody Station Museum and the community as a whole. Fahrner is a graphic designer who has exhibited his work in Port Moody and Germany.
Environmental Award – Judy Taylor-Atkinson and Jim Atkinson
This award is given to an individual, organization, or business that advances environmental preservation and awareness here in the City of Port Moody. Judy Taylor-Atkinson and Jim Atkinson were recognized for their contribution to the stewardship and protection of wildlife in Port Moody, including the beaver family that arrived in the Klahanie Community in 2016, and the Great Blue Heron colony that has taken up residence along the Shoreline Trail. The Atkinsons’ advocacy for the beavers contributed to Council’s direction to develop a Beaver Management Plan for Port Moody that will prioritize co-existence with beavers whenever possible. The Atkinsons’ attend numerous stewardship and community outreach events every year, advocating for wildlife protection and restoration within our natural landscape.
Heritage Award – Evergreen Line Public Art Liaison Committee
The Heritage Award honours an individual, organization or business that advances heritage conservation in Port Moody through special initiatives or projects that preserve, rehabilitate, restore, or create awareness of a cultural resource. The Evergreen Line Public Art Liaison Committee was formed just after it was announced that the Millennium Line’s Evergreen Extension would have two stations in Port Moody. The committee, made up of Helen Daniels, Susan Ius, Gerry Nuttall, Judy Stanley, and Stirling Ward, worked tirelessly with the Evergreen Rapid Transit Project Team to incorporate art into the new stations. When the Evergreen Extension opened in 2016, a total of seven public art pieces had been installed for all to enjoy.
Sports Award – Brian Kenny, and Paul Slaymaker and Penny Plamondon
The Sports Award is presented to individuals or groups who have been nominated as athletes, teams, or builders (people who are positive role models and encourage young people to get involved in sports and live healthy, active lifestyles).
Brian Kenny was recognized for his contributions to dragon boating in Port Moody and his work with the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge. He has volunteered with the Nothin’ Dragon Masters team since 2007, coaching both seniors and youth. Kenny became the president of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters in 2013. In 2016, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters became the new co-benefactors, hosts, and organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge. This annual event raises money for the Community Diversity Fund, which provides grants to Tri-Cities individuals, non-profit organizations, or community groups working to remove barriers for groups of people identified by the community as being socially or financially marginalized.
Paul Slaymaker and Penny Plamondon were recognized for their contribution to the community as owners of the Runners’ Den in Newport Village. Slaymaker and Plamondon opened the shop to support runners, hikers, and walkers in the Tri-Cities. They lead groups of runners and walkers through training for a variety of distances, from short (five kilometres) to long (marathons). The Runners’ Den is all about community, hosting athletic events, offering support to schools, and participating in fundraisers. Plamondon is a Top 10 Ironman athlete, as well as an accomplished marathoner and ultramarathoner. Slaymaker, who is also a marathoner and ultramarathoner, represented Canada at the 100 Kilometre World Championships.