April 13, 2011

Citizens recognized for their contributions to the community

Kamloops, B.C. - Tonight a banquet will be held at Hotel 540 to honour the recipients of the City of Kamloops Distinguished Service Award. Maurice Bradley, Natasha Chisholm, Kailey Jolliffe, Natasha Nilsen, and Sandy Van Camp were nominated by their peers, contribute their time and make a difference in our community.

Maurice (Mo) Bradley and his wife Evelyn immigrated to Kamloops from Derbyshire in 1965. Mo was instrumental in bringing the 1993 World Fly Fishing Championships to Kamloops and area.

Mo is approaching 43 years of fly-tying instruction with the Kamloops Parks and Recreation program and has been a member of the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association for the past 25 years. He is currently serving as the club's vice president. Some of his significant achievements include:

Natasha Chisholm has been a volunteer with Kamloops Fusion Rotaract for five years, where she is currently serving as President. Since beginning with the Rotary, Natasha has served as Project Manager for several fundraisers, as well as served as Fundraising Chair, Club representative for the Rotary Food Drive, Wendy's Dreamlift Day Volunteer, Strikes for Tykes Participant for 4 consecutive years, and was a participant in the Honduras project in 2008 as part of a crew member that painted a school for a rural community in central Honduras.

Natasha is one of the founding members of Camp Focus, which is a youth leadership camp held at Camp Grafton on Shuswap Lake in May. Natasha served on the Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship Executive Committee, as Vice President of Finance, President of the Youth Division and Vice President. Natasha was the Project Manager and creator of the Inspiring Minds high school seminar for 60 students and seven high schools in the Kamloops area.

Natasha received the District 5060 Ambassadorial Scholarship with Rotary International, valued at $26,000, to attend university in South Africa this year.

Kailey Jolliffe is an honour-roll student, currently completing her grade 12 at Norkam Secondary. At such a young age, her service to our community is extensive, as Kailey has been serving our community with her volunteer work since the age of 10. Kailey sets high academic standards for herself, achieving honour-roll status consistently since her grade four year. She is active in the school community, serving on the Norkam Leadership Committee, Acts of Kindness Club, Me-to-We Group, Youth Can, Peer Helping and a Skills Canada participant. Kailey is a member of the TRU Start Program enrolled in Sociology.

Kailey has volunteered with the Special Olympics Kamloops for the past three years. Her work with several Special Olympics teams has made life-changing impacts to the lives of special needs individuals that she coaches and supports. Kailey has given people with disabilities self-worth, confidence, belonging, acceptance, pride and a true measure of accomplishment.

In addition to her work with the Special Olympics Kamloops, Kailey has volunteered with the SPCA, Kamloops Wildlife Park Winterlights, the Heritage Train for the Ghost and Christmas Trains and as a Sunday School Teaching Assistant.

Natasha Nilsen started volunteering as a dog walker/groomer for the Kamloops SPCA as part of a work experience program at Sahali Secondary. After graduation, Natasha became a volunteer patient care provider with the St. John Ambulance Adult Brigade. Natasha is now a Medical First Responder and has logged 384.5 volunteer hours as of December 2010.

In May and June of last year, Natasha volunteered in Haiti with Developing World Connections, building desks and blackboards and distributing them to rural schools. After seeing the need in Haiti, Natasha returned to Kamloops and began fundraising by holding charity dinners and canvassing for donations. Natasha returned to Haiti for three months in September 2010, to work in rural service clinics. During the cholera outbreak, Natasha worked with the medical teams and in a trauma hospital, and helped provide education on cholera prevention to rural areas. Using the funds that she had raised in Kamloops, Natasha purchased additional cholera relief supplies to take to a tiny village, where they organized a clinic and trained local nurses in IV therapy. They used the rest of the donated funds to pay to transport patients to the next town's hospital.

Natasha is currently enrolled in AET paramedic academy taking a Primary Care Paramedic course and continues to volunteer for St. John Ambulance with aspirations to return to Haiti in June.

Sandy Van Camp has chosen to volunteer his time with the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association. For Sandy's efforts and kindness, the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association awarded him with their Most Dedicated Volunteer Award in 2010.

Sandy volunteers with the riding association at least five days per week. He is a generous volunteer, teaching new volunteers the ropes with humour and a great deal of patience. Sandy has made deep bonds with the students, encouraging them to enjoy the lessons and to reach new goals. Sandy is a very motivated volunteer and has touched the lives of students and instructors alike at the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association.

The City of Kamloops appreciates everything these citizens have done to contribute to the health and wellness our fine community.

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Media Contact:
Mayor Peter Milobar
City of Kamloops
250-828-3494
mayor@kamloops.ca