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2019 Kushiro Cup Winner

Ruth Gautschi

Ruth Gautschi

Mayor Mike Hurley and Burnaby City Council are pleased to announce Ruth Gautschi has been named the winner of the 2019 Kushiro Cup and Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

A lifelong community leader, Ruth has been volunteering for 36 years with City’s Citizen Support Services through a variety of programs. As a Grocery Shop-by-Phone Program volunteer, she shops for weekly groceries on behalf of Burnaby seniors who are unable to do so. Through the Shopping Buddies Program, Ruth assists seniors with their personal shopping. As a Phone Buddy, Ruth supports an isolated senior with weekly telephone calls.
For more than 20 years, Ruth has volunteered on a weekly basis as a stocker and cashier in the tee pee store run by former employees of Telus. She is always cheerful and friendly with the customers, and exemplifies the “Give Where You Live” motto of the Telus Ambassadors. 

In addition, Ruth volunteered with the British Columbia’s Science World for 23 years. She was an enthusiastic member of the Lobby Ambassador team, creating a professional and welcoming atmosphere to visitors. 

In 2018, Ruth was nominated for the Breakfast Television’s (BT) first BT Gives Back show, established to recognize volunteers and unsung heroes who do incredible work in their communities. She was one of four award recipients, and was featured on live television regarding her volunteer work with the Citizen Support Services. As a result of her instant connection with viewers, Ruth was asked to do a bi-weekly segment.

Ruth has served the community in a variety of roles for nearly four decades. Her warm demeanor and ability to connect with the community has improved the lives of Burnaby residents and made our community a more welcoming place for all. 

2015 Clk Kushiro Cup History
City of Kushiro, Japan