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Kushiro Cup

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 & 2013 Citizen of the Year

Georgie ColeMayor Derek Corrigan and Burnaby City Council are pleased to announce that Mrs. Georgie Cole has been named the Kushiro Cup Winner and 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

Mrs. Georgie Cole has been selected for her devotion to Burnaby and for generously giving of her time by volunteering in the community for the past 50 years. Her compassion for children, youth, and families has enriched and blessed the lives of many in our community. Several Burnaby organizations have had the great fortune of Mrs. Cole’s volunteerism, a few of these include: Second Street Community School, Eastside Opportunities Society, Deer Lake United Church, East Burnaby United Church, Block Watch and Burnaby Barracudas Swim Club.

Mrs. Cole has even managed to turn her hobbies into opportunities to volunteer and bring joy to others. Her love of line dancing has resulted in sharing this passion by teaching classes for the last 21 years. As a quilter, sewer and knitter she has provided Sheway (pregnancy outreach program), Liberty Place, breast cancer patients and local schools with quilts, pillows, book bags, bean bags, hats and scarves. Through her love of theatre and stand-up comedy Mrs. Cole is able to bring laughter and happiness to all that attend her performances.

One of Mrs. Cole’s many nominators summed her up by saying: "Communities don’t happen without the passion, heart and soul of the people within it. Georgie Cole personifies every one of those qualities. It is with passion that she advocates for the rights of families, children and youth in her neighbourhood, keeping their futures in mind. It is with her whole heart that she embraces people from every walk of life and helps them make connections with one another so that they feel loved and welcomed. And it is with soul that Georgie pours her whole being into living life’s every moment, so that she can share all that her community has to offer with zest and fervor. Georgie Cole isn’t just a part of the community, Georgie is the community."


Kushiro Cup Award 2012 Lou Beaubien

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
1983: Una E. Carlson
1984: David Mercier
1985: Sylvia Stillwell
1986: Gail Yip
1987: Pearl McPhee
1988: Rachael (Ray) Ribchester
1989: Evelyn Salisbury
1990: Donald Wrigley
1991: Ken Legge
1992: Don and Helen Brown
1993: Harry Pride
1994: Donna Nosella
1995: Thomas Mark
1996: Linda Gravlin
1997: Joan Hess

1998: Ray Abernethy
1999: Keith Harris
2000: Phil Henderson
2001: Pixie McGeachie
2002: Grace Joe
2003: Cice Brown
2004: Les Lee Lowe
2005: Dennis Brown
2006: Nancy Thomas
2007: Gloria Inglis
2008: Ruby Johnson
2009: Chris Hildred
2010: Gloria Kravac
2011: Kehar Singh Aujla
2012: Lou Beaubien 
2013: Georgie Cole

Kushiro Cup Nominations

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 or by fax to 604-294-7537. Submissions will be accepted until 4:45 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014.

For further information, please telephone the City Clerk’s Office at 604-294-7290 or

City of Kushiro, Japan


  • Monday, March 3, 2014
    Deadline for submission of nominations.
  • Friday, May 2, 2014
    The Kushiro Cup for Burnaby's 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year is awarded.