Premier Christy Clark presented two well-known Okanagan residents, Marion Sallenbach and Troy Becker, with the province’s newest honour—the Medal of Good Citizenship during the Canada Day long weekend.
The ceremony was held as part of the Canada Day Celebration today at Prospera Place in Kelowna.
Launched in July 2015 by Premier Clark, the prestigious Medal of Good Citizenship recognizes individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward.
The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life. Nominations for the Medal of Good Citizenship are accepted year-round.
Sallenbach, a resident of Winfield, was honoured for the many years of volunteerism within the community, her selfless actions having a tremendous impact on countless families in the Okanagan.
An active volunteer in the community for over 50 years, Sallenbach began volunteering with the Hospital Auxiliary in Winfield in the late 60’s, her efforts helping to raise thousands of dollars for the Kelowna General Hospital.
Ten years later, she helped bring the Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) to Winfield and over the next four decade the impact of the BC HELP program grew, loaning 170,000 pieces of equipment – such as crutches, canes, walkers and wheelchairs – to 94,00 British Columbians in 2014-15 alone.
In addition to her work for the hospital, Marion has also volunteered with the Winfield Community Church, the Red Cross, and the Independent Order of Foresters, through which she has donated her time and expertise in a myriad of ways, which includes helping with the ‘Wheels to Meals’ for seniors, bookkeeping services, and assisting the Adopt-a-Road initiatives.
Now in her ninth decade, Sallenbach continues to dedicate her time to the community, her volunteer work also complimented by the assistance of her two daughters, Joanne Galigan and Sharyn Fiwchuk making her contributions a family affair.
Becker, a resident of West Kelowna, was honoured for contributions to making his community a safer place and helping to create life- enhancing opportunities that build confidence for people wit disabilities.
“Troy Becker and Marion Sallenbach are two extraordinary citizens who have gone above and beyond to make a real, lasting difference in people’s lives. By giving their time and talents so selflessly, they’re more than just good citizens – they represent the very best in us,” said Clark.
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and chair of the Medal of Good Citizenship Selection Committee, added: “There are many people who generously volunteer their time, effort an skills to make their communities better and this honour acknowledges their excellence, achievement and service. The time spent reviewinh nominations was inspiring, and it reinforced to me that we live in a province where each and every day citizens can make a difference through their generosity and selflessness.”
Sallenbach said being a Red Cross volunteer was her way to give back to her community. “It is a great way to meet new people and make new friends while also helping those in need,” she said.