Burnaby resident receives BC Achievement Community Award

Last updated: July 27, 2021

The City of Burnaby is proud to announce that a volunteer with Citizen Support Services is one of this year’s recipients of the BC Achievement Community Award.

Gloria Kravac is one of 25 outstanding British Columbians celebrated for their contributions in building better, stronger and more resilient communities. 

Kravac, 91, inspires seniors to connect with others and enjoy life as a volunteer with the City of Burnaby’s Citizen Support Services. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, she volunteered almost daily, assisting with the Social Lunch Program and Gadabouts bus outings. She also helped housebound seniors by shopping for their weekly grocery orders. Currently, she is volunteering her time by conducting check-in calls with other seniors, helping them feel less isolated. 

“Gloria has made and continues to make a measurable impact to our community and to the lives of the citizens we serve,” said Michele Wilson, Administrator of Citizen Support Services. “She is that hidden hero amongst us, quietly going about her way and making a difference each and every day. She is a true inspiration to us all.”

Kravac has a long-standing history of volunteering in Burnaby. In 2008, she was named a City of Burnaby local hero and in 2010 she received the Kushiro Cup as the city’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year. 

Kravac’s past service includes serving as the first chair of the Voices of Burnaby Seniors Task Force and later as co-chair of its Seniors Transportation Committee. She’s also served on the Better at Home Advisory Committee and Dementia Friendly Communities for the City of Burnaby. “On behalf of Council, I would like to congratulate Gloria on receiving the BC Achievement Community Award and thank her for her outstanding dedication and service,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “Gloria’s willingness to donate her time and energy to improve the services in our city is an incredible gift to our community.”

Through its Community Award, BC Achievement honours excellence and inspires achievement in B.C. Recipients of the 2020 Community Award will be recognized in a future formal presentation ceremony in Victoria, in the presence of the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Each recipient will receive a certificate and a medallion designed by B.C. artist Robert Davidson. 

Learn more: BC Achievement Foundation

For more information contact: [email protected]

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