Sooke’s Steve Sorensen announced as recipient of 2020 BC Achievement Community Award

BC Achievement Press Release
April 27, 2020

Premier John Horgan and Anne Giardini, OC, OBC, QC, Chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, today named this year’s recipients of the BC Achievement Community Award, marking the 17th offering of these awards.

“These days more than ever, our communities are made stronger by British Columbians who go above and beyond,” said Premier John Horgan. “Thanks go to all of the BC Achievement
2020 Community Award recipients for helping build a better province for everyone.”

“It is an honour to celebrate the excellence and dedication of these twenty-five outstanding British Columbians,” added Giardini. “On behalf of all of us at the BC Achievement
Foundation, I thank each of them for strengthening their communities and inspiring others to community action.”

The recipients of the 2020 Community Award are:

  • Aisha Amijee, Surrey
    Dr. Paige Axelrood, Vancouver
    Domingo (Dom) Bautista, Richmond
    Duncan Bernardo, Vancouver
    Morgan Churchill, Fort St. John
    Dr. Mary Anne Cooper, Port Moody
    Carolyn Duerksen, Prince George
    Lorrie Fleming, 70 Mile House
    Julie Fowler, Wells
    Bonnie Harvey, Cranbrook
    Gloria Kravac, Burnaby
    Larissa Lapierre, Port Coquitlam
    Steve Little, Terrace
    Jacqueline Macgregor, Chilliwack
    Myles Mattila, Kelowna
    Valerie Murray, Victoria
    Leigh Pearson, Coldstream
    Sarjeet Purewal, Surrey
    John Ranta, Cache Creek
    Ivan Sayers, Vancouver
    Steven (Steve) Sorensen, Sooke
    Carolina Tatoosh, Port Alberni
    Jim Terrion, Prince George
    Dr. Andrea Walsh, Victoria
    Shayne Williams, New Westminster

An independent committee selects the recipients of the BC Achievement Community Award. The 2020 selection committee members are Mayor Lee Brain of Prince Rupert,
Mayor Michelle Staples of Duncan, and past recipients, Lolly Bennett, Aart Schuurman Hess and Andy Yu.

The recipients of the 2020 Community Award will be recognized in a formal presentation ceremony in Victoria, in the presence of the Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, Lieutenant
Governor of British Columbia. Each recipient will receive a certificate and a medallion designed by BC artist Robert Davidson, OC. Due to COVID-19, the ceremony planned for the
end of April has been postponed to a future date to be announced.

The BC Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established in 2003 whose mission is to honour excellence and inspire achievement. The BC Achievement Community
Award was the first initiative of the foundation, followed by the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art and Design, BC’s National Award in Canadian Non-Fiction (2005-2018), the
Fulmer Award in First Nations Art, and the Indigenous Business Award.

Cathryn Wilson
Executive Director
BC Achievement Foundation
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Steven (Steve) Sorensen, Sooke
Steven (Steve) Sorensen served 36 years with the Sooke Fire Department leading initiatives
to improve emergency services in his region and beyond. Steve built strategic relationships
and developed programs to address the lack of resources for those affected by fires and
facilitate training opportunities for first responders. His vision of cooperation and resource
sharing resulted in strengthened mutual aid agreements with neighbouring municipalities.