Mayor and Council will bestow two prominent citizens with the distinguished Freedom of the City Award next month. The award recognizes significant contribution to the city.
Legendary broadcaster Mr. Doug Collins and long-time civil servant Mrs. Patricia Wallace have been named as 2019 recipients.
Freedom of the City is awarded infrequently (most recently in 2013) and only with the unanimous support of Mayor and Council. Since 1949, there have only been 25 individuals, and 6 entities recognized with this esteemed distinction.
“It is truly an honour to be able to recognize such worthy and notable recipients of this prestigious designation. I speak on behalf of our appreciative Council and a grateful community,” said Mayor Ken Christian.
The Freedom of the City Award is symbolically known as the “Key to the City”, and it provides the recipient with certain privileges, such as free parking and special invitations to all civic functions. The award is regulated by Section 158 of the Community Charter.
Recipients and their invited guests will be acknowledged at a ceremony on April 10, 2019, that will also recognize the annual Exemplary Service Award recipients.
For a list of past recipients, visit the Freedom of the City website.
Mr. Doug Collins
Doug Collins is a legendary broadcaster, having been with CFJC TV in Kamloops for nearly 50 years. He started there in 1970 and became the News Director in 1971. While he recently retired from full-time management duties, he still spends his days at the station.
For over half a century, Collins has been instrumental in setting the stage for the growth and development of the media landscape and tone in Kamloops. Later in his career, he became well known for his daily editorial, One Man’s Opinion.
Professionally, Collins was recognized with two coveted awards: the Radio Television Digital News Association Lifetime Achievement Award and the BC Association of Broadcasters Broadcaster of the Year Award, both in 2008.
Collins’ extensive community involvement encompasses service, sports and politics. Since the 1970s, he has been a Freemason and Shriner, and in 2015, he served as Grand Master of Freemasons in BC and Yukon.
Over the years, he has lent his passion for sports as a coach in numerous sports, and had a stint as President of Kamloops Minor Baseball. In 1975, he was named City of Kamloops Sportsperson of the Year. In the political realm, Collins served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing, and the Kamloops Arts Council.
Mrs. Patricia Wallace
Patricia Wallace is a long-time civil servant, with a career spanning many decades of serving in a variety of capacities at the local, regional, provincial, and national levels.
Most notably for the citizens of Kamloops, Wallace served as a Kamloops City Councillor for 31 years before retiring in 2018.
On the regional front, she served on the executive of the Union of BC Municipalities for eight years (from 1995 to 2003), including as President in her last year.
Wallace also made her mark regionally with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. From 1983 to 1986, she was the Board Chair and was notably the TNRD’s first (and only) female to fill that role. She also served as a TNRD Director for 25 years from 1993 to 2018. In the federal arena, Wallace has been a champion for sustainability, serving as Vice-Chair of the Green Municipal Fund of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Aside from her political affiliations, Wallace has been heavily involved in the community as a blood donor clinic chair, AIDS Society Director, founding member of the 886 (Overlander) Wing Air Force Association of Canada, United Way Committee Chair, and board member of the Royal Inland Hospital Board and the TNRD Library Board.
Wallace received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002.