Outstanding Citizen of the Year
Each year, the City of Burnaby presents the Kushiro Cup to its Outstanding Citizen of the Year. The Cup was presented to the City of Burnaby by its Sister City, Kushiro, Japan, in 1982.
Kushiro Cup Winner & 2012 Citizen of the Year
Mayor Derek Corrigan and Burnaby City Council are delighted to announce that Mr. Lou Beaubien has been named the Kushiro Cup Winner and Citizen of the Year for 2012.
Credit: Burnaby NewsLeader, Photographer: Mario Bartel
Mr. Beaubien has been a tireless volunteer and enthusiast of the Burnaby Amateur Radio Club and is recognized for his major role with radio equipment and antenna work in the planning of both the old and new Edmonds community centres in Burnaby. Active with the Burnaby BRACES radio emergency group and the new Burnaby area Radiosport Fox Hunt, Mr. Beaubien has been instrumental in establishing an emergency amateur radio station at the Burnaby Red Cross and continues to be a dedicated supporter of the organization.
Through his volunteer work with the 2012 BC Seniors Games, as Chair of the Courtesy Car Division, Mr. Beaubien was influential and proactive in seeking volunteer drivers and essential in coordinating their efforts. In addition, Mr. Beaubien used his powers of persuasion to secure at no-charge a radio dispatch system from Gentel, one of the Games sponsors.
Mr. Beaubien is an advocate of the Knights of Columbus, Council 5423 and as articulated by his nominators “a fine example of the principle of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism in action”. One of his enthusiastic supporters writes: “Lou is very modest and the best example of what a citizen of Burnaby should be and deserves this recognition before his 80th birthday next year”.
Another of Mr. Beaubien’s supporter’s states: “Lou is my mentor and example of what a citizen of any age can accomplish”. Burnaby City Council is pleased to honour Mr. Lou Beaubien as the City of Burnaby 2012 Citizen of the Year.
In the fall of 1982, Professor Takayoshi Makino, the head of the Languages Department of the University of Hokkaido, accompanied a group of 16 students from his English class to British Columbia for a five-day “Canadian Experience”. Professor Makino brought with him a trophy from Mayor Wanibuchi of Kushiro. The trophy was given to Mayor Bill Lewarne, and has since been used each year to honour the contributions of Burnaby’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Mayor Lewarne proposed that a similar cup be offered to Kushiro to be used to honour annually an outstanding citizen. This cup is awarded each year in Kushiro and is called the Burnaby Cup.
Past Kushiro Cup Award Recipients:
1982: Donald Copan
1998: Ray Abernethy
Would you like to nominate a Burnaby Citizen to be a recipient of the Kushiro Cup Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award? Early each year, the nomination period is announced on Burnaby’s website, social media sites and in local newspapers. To qualify, nominees should be Burnaby residents who have given voluntary service to the City in cultural, recreational or other non-elected civic activities. The winner is selected by Burnaby City Council.
A resume of each candidate must be supplied as well as the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the nominator(s). Please forward a written nomination to the Clerk’s Office at 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 1M2, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 604-294-7537. Submissions will be accepted until 4:45 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2013.
For further information, please telephone the City Clerk’s Office at 604-294-7290 or email@example.com.