Langley resident earns provincial award

Kamal Dhillon has ‘truly made a difference speaking to organizations, schools, and police recruits at the Justice Institute of BC.’

A Langley woman is in elite company, as one of the recipients of the B.C. Community Achievement Awards.

On Tuesday, Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, chair of the B.C. Achievement Foundation, named this year’s 30 recipients of the awards.

The list includes Langley’s Kamal Dhillon.

Dhillon leads efforts to address and raise awareness about domestic violence and serves as an inspiration to her community, according to the foundation, which added, “She has truly made a difference speaking to organizations, schools, and police recruits at the Justice Institute of BC. Nationally, she has advocated for women experiencing domestic violence to the Department of Justice and at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC.”

Clark said all British Columbians are inspired by those who lead by example, lending their time and talents in their community.

“Thank you to the 2016 recipients; your commitment and generosity make a real difference in people’s lives,” Clark said.

“We recognize individuals… who have made a significant contribution to their community either as volunteers or in the course of their work,” Mitchell said. “We are privileged to showcase and celebrate the achievements of these exceptional British Columbians.”

An independent committee selects the recipients. The committee consists of Mayor Henry Braun of the City of Abbotsford, Mayor Carol Leclerc of the City of Terrace and past recipients, Victoria Dobbyn of Roberts Creek, Daphne Goode of Victoria and Christopher Seguin of Kamloops.

This year’s award recipients will be recognized in a formal presentation ceremony at Government House in Victoria on May 25.

Each recipient will receive a certificate and a medallion designed by B.C. artist Robert Davidson.

The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed by the province of B.C. to celebrate excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service.

Launched in 2003, the B.C. Community Achievement Awards were the first initiative of the foundation, followed by the B.C. Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design, B.C.’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the B.C. Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art, and the B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards.

Learn more about the BC Achievement Foundation at: www.bcachievement.com

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