Lo­cal busi­ness­man Se­len Al­pay earns Medal of Good Ci­ti­zen­ship

The Prince George Citizen - - Local - Mark NIELSEN Ci­ti­zen staff [email protected]­i­t­i­zen.ca

Prince Ge­orge’s Se­len Al­pay is among 19 British Columbians who are re­ceiv­ing the Prov­ince’s Medal of Good Ci­ti­zen­ship.

He was pre­sented with the medal Tues­day in Van­cou­ver.

In the 11 years he’s lived in the city, the owner of the lo­cal Cana­dian Tire store has gained a rep­u­ta­tion for phi­lan­thropy and vol­un­teer­ing.

“As a per­son, Al­pay mod­els good ci­ti­zen­ship and hu­man­ity to ev­ery­one he meets, giv­ing gen­er­ously of his time to mul­ti­ple vol­un­teer boards and or­ga­ni­za­tions in the city and be­yond: spend­ing time with el­ders in care at Si­mon Fraser Lodge, and sup­port­ing and men­tor­ing youth within his com­pany and the com­mu­nity,” of­fi­cials said in a trib­ute.

He is also in­volved in get­ting a new branch of the Boys Club Net­work launched in the city.

And he was a key sup­porter of an event to rec­og­nize the lo­cal vol­un­teers who helped dur­ing the 2017 wild­fire cri­sis, which saw more than 10,000 evac­uees con­verge on the city.

In 2017, Al­pay was named a Ci­ti­zen of the Year by the Prince Ge­orge Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for many of the same rea­sons.

Also in 2017, his Cana­dian Tire store was pre­sented the Out­stand­ing Cor­po­rate Cul­ture award at the Prince Ge­orge Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards.

“His quiet per­sonal phi­lan­thropy ex­tends to his be­lief in cor­po­rate phi­lan­thropy, and his com­pany is his most vis­i­ble way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity through spon­sor­ship of, and dona­tions to, count­less or­ga­ni­za­tions and events,” of­fi­cials added in the trib­ute.

Launched in 2015, the Medal of Good Ci­ti­zen­ship rec­og­nizes peo­ple who, through ex­cep­tional long-term ser­vice, have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to their com­mu­ni­ties without ex­pec­ta­tion of re­mu­ner­a­tion or re­ward.

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