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2013 Citizen of the Year

Georgie Cole

Georgie Cole

Mayor 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."

2015 Clk Kushiro Cup History
City of Kushiro, Japan