Citizens Recognized for Their Contributions to the Community

Release date: 
April 5, 2019

Mayor and Council will honour seven citizens with the City of Kamloops Exemplary Service Award. This award formally acknowledges individuals who have dedicated their time and service in an effort to make a difference in our community.

The City of Kamloops appreciates the contributions from all of these exemplary citizens and recognizes the positive impact they have made. The recipients and their invited guests will be acknowledged at a ceremony on April 10, 2019, which will also honour 2019 Freedom of the City recipients Mr. Doug Collins and Mrs. Patricia Wallace.

The recipients are listed below, along with some highlights of their contributions:

Mr. Tyson Andrykew (Under 29 category)
Tyson is the Executive General Manager of the Signature Sandman Hotel. He has been an active member of the volunteer community for over 10 years. A founding member of BrewLoops, Tyson has helped develop this initiative into a flagship event with positive impacts on the local economy and craft beer scene. Tyson is also a Rotarian and sits on the boards of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Kamloops Accommodation Association, and Tourism Kamloops. As Food and Beverage Director for the Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games, Tyson was instrumental in coordinating 25,000 meals over four days for the young athletes.

Mrs. Penny Douglas
Penny has been making an impact in Kamloops for over four decades throughout her career as a physiotherapist. Her extensive involvement as a volunteer spans the sporting community and local service clubs. For 17 years, Penny held various roles with the Tod Mountain Ski Racing Club/Sun Peaks Alpine Club, and she also volunteered at the 1979 BC Winter Games and 1993 Canada Summer Games. Since 2003, she has been a very active member of the Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society, and she is passionate about her support for marginalized groups. At Elizabeth Fry, Penny has held posts as Secretary and President, and she sits on numerous committees.

Ms. Lisa Fuller
Lisa is a dedicated volunteer, and she is active on multiple boards and committees. She participates in Rotary functions and is involved with several professional associations in her career in human resources. Through Kamloops Daybreak Rotary, Lisa volunteers tirelessly on the organizing committee for Ribfest, which is a flagship community event. Bringing a “human resources eye” to the affair, her goal is to create systems that help the event run at optimal efficiency. Another of Lisa’s passions is working with the Kamloops and District SPCA, where she has taken a leadership role in their new building campaign. She has been on the boards of the Kamloops Art Gallery and Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and she sits on the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.

Ms. Cheryl Kabloona
Cheryl is most well-known for her passionate efforts in the area of energy, sustainability, and climate, as she brings her skills as a certified Project Management Professional to her volunteer roles. She joined the Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) in 2006 and has chaired the group since 2010. Cheryl is a tireless advocate, and she is passionate about participating in public outreach and engagement on the subject of sustainable energy. Cheryl actively participated in important community-wide processes over the years, providing input into the Sustainable Kamloops Plan, the Official Community Plan, the Transit Future Plan, the Kamloops Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans, the Airshed Plan, and the Corporate Energy Plan. She has also advanced her contributions at the provincial level, serving as Treasurer of the BCSEA for several years.

Ms. Lisa Lake
Lisa has lived and volunteered in Kamloops for over 20 years, and she supports many organizations with passion and generosity. She has been involved in many fundraising and mentorship campaigns at TRU, where she has worked since 1998. Lisa is extensively involved with Developing World Connections (DWC), where she has contributed to overseas projects in Cambodia, Guatemala, and Nepal. She also serves on the board of DWC. Currently, she is President of the Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Club and dedicates time to help out at many local Rotary events. Lisa is also on the board of the Kamloops Food Bank and has been involved with the United Way, the RIH Foundation, Marjorie Willoughby Hospice, Boogie the Bridge, and the YMCA.

Mrs. Kirstin McLaughlin
Kirstin’s impact on the Kamloops community is unique. As an advocate for the LGBTQ2S+ community, Kirstin became the first Kamloops Pride President in 2016, a position she held for two years, during which she led the organization through the first and second annual Downtown Pride Parades. During the Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games, she served as that organization’s first Inclusivity Chair, developing protocol, procedures and language that welcomed all Games participants. Kirstin, a nurse by trade, also has a passion for harm reduction, and she was the lead nurse for Canada’s first Naloxone Take Home (THN) Program, which was developed in 2012 in response to the opioid crisis. There are now almost 1,500 THN sites in BC.

Dr. Andrew Yarmie
Andrew is a retired history professor a strong proponent for all things heritage. He has been committed to enhancing the community as a volunteer and heritage advocate for over 40 years. For 22 of those years, he has been involved with the Kamloops Heritage Commission and has been its Chair since 2011. Andrew was instrumental in the Heritage Recognition Plaque Initiative, which has recognized over 100 properties as well as individual and businesses who promote heritage. Andrew has also been a director of the Kamloops Museum Association, involved with Kamloops History projects, and worked in partnership with Communities in Bloom and the Downtown and North Shore Business Improvements Associations on cultural heritage tours.

For a list of past recipients, visit the Exemplary Service Awards website.