2013 Citizen of the Year
A man who has been in the city's brightest spotlights on stage is also someone who hides from it when it comes to his charitable deeds.
But people nonetheless noticed the many community contributions of Andy Beesley, and Friday night he was named Prince George's 2013 Citizen of the Year.
"Since arriving in Prince George in 1980, Andy's community involvement has been extensive," said Murry Krause, chair of the nominating committee and a past recipient of the Citizen of the Year honour. "He has worked with the Prince George Crisis Intervention Centre, including five years as a volunteer crisis counsellor, and he helped create the Prince George Teen Crisis Line."
For the past six years, Beesley has been the manager of the Cariboo Cougars Major Midget Hockey Team, plus he managed several B.C. Hockey "Best Ever" teams. Also in the hockey realm he was volunteer chair of the Under-16 BC Provincial Hockey Championship in Prince George. He has trained hundreds of coaches and key volunteers in the Speak Out Program aimed at prevention of child abuse and bullying.
"Andy played an instrumental role in the formation of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program in Prince George - a model now used across the country," said Krause. "Andy volunteered to sit on tribunals to mediate disputes between social assistance recipients and social service staff, and has trained more than 100 others to do the same work."
Beesley has also availed himself to the municipality, sitting on advisory committees pertaining to social grants and ethics in the hospital setting. He was a member of the successful bid team that won the 2015 Canada Winter Games hosting duties for Prince George.
This past year, Beesley was also one of the most recognizable people in the arts, performing the lead role of Jean Valjean in the acclaimed Judy Russell staging of Les Miserables, having also held the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar and a major supporting role in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum.
"His diverse experience has also made Andy a popular workshop trainer and coach," said Krause. "He is a mentor, a guide, and an inspiration to many in Prince George."
The other nominees in this year's Citizen of the Year field were:
- Selen Alpay, the owner/operator of the Prince George Canadian Tire and active supporter of various local causes.
- Betty-June Gair, for her work with many civic beautification projects and the Prince George Golf and Curling Club.
- Alison Hagreen, the executive director of the Prince George Brain Injured Group.
- David Halikowski, who was honoured earlier this year by the City of Prince George for outstanding community service.
They were all honoured at a gala dinner Friday night at the Coast Inn of the North, hosted by the Prince George Community Foundation.
Courtesy of The Prince George Citizen
Written by Frank Peebles
Prince George Community Foundation Announces Nominees
For the 2013 Citizen of the Year
The Prince George Community Foundation is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2013 Citizen of the Year. In the lobby of the Coast Inn of the North, on September 5th at 12:00 PM, the following nominees will be announced:
All citizens of the Prince George region are eligible except directors of the Prince George Community Foundation. The committee is looking for nominees that have exemplified above average volunteer or philanthropic dedication to the Prince George community; have provided volunteer service for a minimum of three years; have not received remuneration for the volunteer activity for which the award is being proposed; have voluntarily performed duties related to their paid employment significantly beyond what is expected of a person holding that paid position.
The final selection of the 2013 Prince George Citizen of the Year will be announced at the annual celebration dinner at the Coast Inn of the North on October 18th, 2013. Tickets are available at the front desk of the Coast Inn of the North.
For further information please contact:
Judy Jackson, Marketing & Communications Brenda Langlois, Executive Director
Phone: (250) 612-7338 Phone:(250) 562-7772
Prince George Community Foundation Allocates Adjudicated Grants
In keeping with the Prince George Community Foundations' pledge of "Giving Something Back" the Foundation is pleased toannounce that recipients of the Spring 2013 adjudicated grants were recognized at a Grant Award Reception April 9th. Prince George Community Foundation is in its 18th year and proud to be active in the community. We are pleased to announce that through the generosity of our Donors our endowment funds are now in excess of $7 million. This is a significant milestone in the short history of the Community Foundation. To date close to $1 Million has gone out into the community to worthwhile projects. Tonight we are
pleased to present close to $35,000 through our Adjudicated Grants. The following 15 organizations will be presented with grants.
Arts & Culture - Prince George Symphony Orchestra; Prince George Metis Elders' Society; Latino Canadian Association of Northern
Education - Child Development Centre of PG & District; Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum; BC Schizophrenia Society –
Prince George Branch.
Environment - Exploration Place.
Health - Prince George 4-H, CNIB, MS Society of Canada, Prince George Chapter.
Social Services - Habitat for Humanity, Northern STAR Kids Program; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince George.
Sports & Recreation - Prince George Royal Canadian Legion; Canadian Paraplegic Association (BC) – Spinal Cord Injury BC.
Prince George Community Foundation President, Ray Noonan said, "We are pleased to recognize that all of these organizations have contributed a great deal to the quality of life in our community and all of them are supported by very dedicated volunteers." "We are happy to be a part of their successes in the community." The Prince George Community Foundation provides the opportunity to make a lasting charitable donation to enhance our community forever.
The income earned on numerous family funds held with the Prince George Community Foundation is what has afforded the opportunity for these grants. Our gracious donors and fundholders have invested in this community greatly. If anyone is interested in starting a family fund with the PG Community Foundation, we would be happy to discuss this further with them. They too can be part of "Giving Something Back".
Prince George Community Foundation partners with the Family Y though True Sport Grant
Earlier this year The Prince George Community Foundation in partnership with True Sport and the JW McConnell Foundation awarded the Family Y with a grant in the amount of $4,500. "The funding for this particular program was matched through an anonymous donor and also funds from the Ryan Shiels Memorial Fund held with the Prince George Community Foundation. Through this fund, Ryan's family has made sure that his passion for the outdoors made available to others," said Judy Neiser, Executive Director for the Prince George Community Foundation... Read more here.
Income Distribution from Funds
In keeping with the Prince George Community Foundation's pledge of "Giving Something
Back" the Foundation is pleased to announce recipients of the Fall 2012. Income
Distribution of Organizational and Agency Funds were recognized at a reception, December
4th. The Community Foundation has been active in making presentations to the community
for the past sixteen years.
Over $37,228.62 of earned income for Agency/Organization Funds presentations were made
to the following: Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum, the Child Development Centre,
the College of New Caledonia, Cranbrook Hill Greenway, Fraser Fort George Museum
Society (Exploration Place), Hospice Endowment Fund, the Prince George Public Library,
Community Arts Council, The Prince George Symphony, Springboard to Success
Scholarship Fund School - District 57, Theatre Northwest, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince
George United Way and UNBC. In addition there will $1,500 being awarded in the Spring
2013 to the Speech Arts and Drama, Music Festival and Dance Festival as part of a Prince
George Concert Association Fund held with the Community Foundation.
in the amount of $87,350.46 are available to our partnering regional community foundations.
Community Foundation President, Ray Noonan said, "We are pleased to recognize that these
organizations have made many contributions to our community and to also recognize that
they receive tremendous support from their dedicated volunteers. The market is holding
steady and our prudent investments continue to show positive earnings. We are happy to
return the income earned on these funds to those in the community who are making a
Noonan also said, "The Prince George Community Foundation is pleased to continue its
commitment of contributing $5,000 from the proceeds realized from the Citizen of the Year
function to an endowment fund in the name of the current Citizen of the Year – Monica
As part of the celebrations The Prince George Community Foundation was delighted to
receive three cheques totaling $15,000 which represents proceeds from the North Central
Branch of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association. A group who has a long
history of giving back to the community through fundraisers such as the Taste of Prince
George and the Phantom Dinner, is in the process of regenerating interest and resurrecting
itself. $5000 was provided to the existing College of New Caledonia – Culinary Arts Fund,
$5,000 was provided to start a new endowment fund with the PG Community Foundation
that will see proceeds go to The Kordyban Lodge and $5,000 which has been set aside to
sponsor the 2013 Citizen of the Year event being held October 18th, 2013.
This is amazing support from a terrific organization. President Noonan said "We are happy
to be able to further the goals of the Association by having them place their funds with us.
This shows the confidence they have in the work the Prince George Community Foundation
does in the community."
The Prince George Community Foundation also announced that at their AGM on November
22nd, after 8 years on the Board, Past President Jim Imrich would be moving on. He was
acknowledged for his insurmountable dedication and contribution to the Foundation in the
formative years. Four new Directors have joined the Community Foundation Board, Gord
Brownridge, Dennis Callaghan, Al LeFebvre and Sandy Whitwham, all of whom are well
known in the community and will undoubtedly add strength and breadth to an already highly
regarded and supportive Board consisting of Ray Noonan, Lorraine Grant, Mayor Shari
Green, Judy Jackson, Jim Martin, Micaela Roque, Teresa Saunders, Bill Stewart and Leonard
L - R Ray Noonan, President, Allan Reed, Manager of Finance, Springboard to Success Scholarship Fund, School District #57, and Judy Neiser, Executive Director, PGCF.
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