Rocky Blondin was named Mission’s Citizen of the Year during the Community Service Awards ceremony held virtually. / Submitted Photo

Rocky Blondin was named Mission’s Citizen of the Year during the Community Service Awards ceremony held virtually. / Submitted Photo

22 people, organizations honoured during Mission’s Community Service Awards ceremony

Rocky Blondin was named Mission’s Citizen of the Year

The District of Mission presented 22 different community service awards during the Community Service Awards ceremony to celebrate local volunteers working throughout Mission.

The awards ceremony premiered on Dec. 3 on the district’s social media channels and is now available to watch online at

In typical years, the ceremony would have been held at the Clarke Theatre, but his year’s virtual ceremony, was planned to keep aligned with the COVID-19 safety measures ordered by the Provincial Health Officer.

The ceremony was hosted by Barry Mcleod, Mission’s Citizen of the Year for 2018, and took place at Municipal Hall.

“A virtual ceremony allowed us to offer a different experience of the awards than we could have in the traditional in-person gala format,” said acting-Mayor Cal Crawford.

The awards are presented every two years to formally acknowledge the exemplary volunteers who are hard at work enriching our community each and everyday.

The next nomination period will open in the fall of 2021. Details about the nomination process and deadlines will be available on

2020 Award


Citizen of the Year

Rocky Blondin

Community Service Award

Carol Pomeroy

Special Accomplishment Award

Stave Valley Salmonid Enhancement Society

Community Service Award (under age 25) Sabastien (Obi)


Lifetime Achievement Award

St. Joseph’s Food Bank and its


Community Service Award

Simone Redburn

Sports Volunteer of the Year Award

Brenda Davison

Against the Odds Achievement Award

Jean-Pierre Maher

Special Accomplishment Award

Mission Health Care Auxiliary Society

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Hinds

Crime Prevention & Community Safety Award

Dwight Elliott

Sports Volunteer

of the Year Award

Andrew Hale

Arts and Culture Award

Helen Yannacopoulos

Special Recognition Award

John Glendon

(Glen) Flett

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mission Community Services Society Food Centre and Christmas Bureau and its


Community Service Award

Angel Elias

Lifetime Achievement Award

MCC Thrift Shop


Community Service Award

Bert Pulles

Community Service Award

Elke Katzenbach

Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter Robson

Freeman of the

City Medal

Lloyd Rash

Freeman of the

City Medal

Ken Selvaraja

Learn more about the recipients and watch the ceremony at

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