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Vernon Winter Carnival’s director honoured for leadership

Kris Fuller was bestowed the above and beyond plaque at the 2024 Community Leader Awards
Kris Fuller was recognized for her tireless work around the Vernon area with the above and beyond plaque at the 2024 Community Leader Awards. (Bowen Assman- Morning Star Photo)

The Vernon Winter Carnival’s executive director, Kris Fuller, was recognized for her tireless work around the community with the Above and Beyond Award at Vernon Morning Star’s Community Leader Awards (CLA).

The Above and Beyond Award goes to an individual who makes a positive contribution to their community through their work and goes beyond the requirement of their job to support and make the community a better place. Fuller received her plaque at the banquet hosted at the Vernon Lodge on March 13.

“I love being active in the community and making a difference,” said Fuller. “I have been on both sides of the equation, looking for volunteers and being a volunteer so I know how important it is to lend a hand and pay it forward.”

Laurell Cornell, Canival board chair, expressed heartfelt admiration for Fuller’s tireless efforts.

“We are so proud of her. Kris works so hard, wears her heart on her sleeve, and it’s easy to see how much she loves the community.”

Fuller’s contributions extend far beyond her role as executive director. Known for her passion and drive, she has exemplified the spirit of community service through her extensive volunteer work and involvement in various initiatives. In the past year alone, Fuller volunteered over 50 times, demonstrating an unparalleled commitment to fostering positive change. She is also the president of the Okanagan Artists of Canada Society and sits on the Vernon Tourism Commission.

Fuller’s nomination at the CLA’s was put forth by The Literacy Society’s outreach coordinator, Wendy Aasen, a testament to Fuller’s profound impact and meaningful engagement within the Vernon community.

“She is everywhere bringing the Carnival to life with humour, energy, skill, collaboration and partnership,” said Aasen. “Under her leadership, it has grown from a seasonal event to almost a year of celebration, which provides enormous opportunity for community engagement.”

The 2024 Community Leader Awards is a revived program started by The Morning Star, to recognize leaders in and around the community that have been working behind the scenes.

There were a number of submissions for 12 specific categories, which range from mentorship, coaching, volunteering and leadership.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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