The Cordova Bay Community Leadership Awards (CBCLA) were initiated in 2016 in partnership with the Saanich News, Tru Value Foods, the Beach House Restaurant and the Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs.
The CBCLA were created to recognize individuals in the immediate community who give back through their actions to make Cordova Bay a great place to live. While the awards will recognize specific individuals the entire program is designed to salute all those who give back. This awards program is a great community initiative, recognizing volunteers and mentors in our community, and brings it to the attention of the residents of the community who may not realize the people and organizations in the community who contribute so much.
The inaugural Cordova Bay Community Leadership Awards were handed out at a special ceremony at the
Beach House Restaurant on the evening of June 7th. Richard McMorran was named Volunteer of the Year; Sheila Wells the Employee of the Year; Brian RoyerCollard the Coach/Mentor of the Year; and the Cordova Bay 55 Plus Association picked up the Community Group Award. Royer-Collard was the driving force behind much of the growth of women’s soccer on the Island, devoting 40 years to teaching the game he loves to his community. Wells has ensured that every visitor to the Super Duper Dollar Store is treated like a friend and is the epitome of customer service. No job was too large or task to small for McMorran to handle, working tirelessly for the residents of the community he calls home. And the organization that McMorran helped to establish, the Cordova Bay 55 Plus
Association, ensures that there’s always a place to go and something to do for Cordova Bay’s seniors.
Whether it is performing sea rescues, providing service with a smile, guiding activities for local Scout troops, teaching skills on the water or providing loving care for the community’s next generation, the Cordova Bay Community Leadership Awards had your bases covered. The winners were celebrated Wednesday, June 21st at the Beach House restaurant on a gorgeous night filled with a host of culinary delicacies to enjoy while overlooking the inviting waters of Cordova Bay. The second annual awards – sponsored by the Saanich News and Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs – were presented to Swimfit instructor Bruce Regensburg (coach/mentor), Bonita Jeanpierre with the Canada Post outlet in the IDA Pharmacy (employee), longtime Scouting supporter Beth Sangara (adult volunteer), ski patroller, sea rescue crew member, Scouts Venturer leader and all-around wonderkid Ford Smith (youth volunteer), and irreplaceable community fixture Cordova Bay Preschool (community group).
Call for nominations deadline is May 21st, 2018