Council has approved a new award for those who provide exemplary civic service in Port Moody - the Exemplary Civic Service Award. The award recognizes an individual or group that Council feels has contributed significantly to Port Moody’s current and future well-being by showing leadership, initiative, commitment and commendable effort.
2015 Exemplary Civic Service Awards
Pat Dennett – Pat Dennett was presented the Exemplary Civic Service Award at the re-opening of the Mossom Creek Hatchery in May 2015. Pat Dennett stepped forward to volunteer his skills as construction manager after the devastating fire in December 2013 that destroyed the Mossom Creek Hatchery. Pat’s contribution has been nothing short of extraordinary. As a community volunteer, Pat has contributed over $200,000 in-kind in construction management services. He helped to secure approximately $250,000 in donated materials, equipment, and labour, all through his far-reaching contacts in the construction industry.
Barbara Nuttall - Barbara Nuttall was presented the Exemplary Civic Service Award at the Links to Literacy Tournament in August 2015. Barbara has been involved with the community for many years, has served on various civic committees, and has volunteered at numerous City and third-party community events. Most notably Barbara, as a member of the Port Moody Public Library Board, initiated the Library’s Links to Literacy Golf Tournament in 2001. She continued to work as the key organizer of this tournament for 14 years (from 2001 to 2014). The golf tournament has raised more than $350,000 towards enhancing library services with new programs, equipment, collections and services.
2013 Exemplary Civic Service Award Winners
George and Linda Balzer - Exemplary Civic Service Award Winners
On September 24, 2013, on behalf of Council and the community to which they give so willingly, Mayor Mike Clay presented George and Linda Balzer with the first-ever Award for Exemplary Civic Service.
George, entrepreneur, innovator, author, pilot and successful businessman is also a talented musician, writer of music and dedicated to the sharing of his love for music. He served on the Joint Public Safety Building Task force in 2002 and partnered with Cultural Services staff to stage the first concert in the new Amphitheatre. Committed to youth becoming their best, George mentored the Teen Entrepreneurial program which produced the famous “Port Moody Bottled Water”.
Linda, “into everything”, from promoting the Chamber of Commerce, Make a Wish Foundation, Douglas College Foundation, Inner Visions and as a founding member of the Port Moody Rotary Club, has served many terms on the Library Board and Parks and Recreation Commission, including the Recreation Centre Expansion Task Force and Fundraising Committee. She is also involved with Hike for Hospice, the Terry Fox Run and Crossroads Hospice.
Together they support causes in other parts of the world and have built houses for single moms, welcomed foreign students into their home and they’ll be found at work in all parts of the community. When they’re not in the midst of the Summer Sunday season at Rocky Point Park, they are at home producing CDs to sell, with the proceeds going to Share and Hospice, or inviting guests to their home for fundraisers to support artists in Port Moody.
Mayor Clay thanked George and Linda, whose dedication to our community is invaluable, for their significant contribution in leadership, initiative, commitment and commendable effort to the City of Port Moody.