Lat­i­tude and lon­gi­tude in giv­ing

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gen­er­a­tions. Both Chin and Koehler are first-gen­er­a­tion Cana­di­ans. How in­spir­ing it is that our coun­try and city is a plat­form where peo­ple can come from all over the world and make sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions.

Noreen Rus­tad is one of the founders of the Prince Ge­orge Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, a vol­un­teer driven char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion that brings to­gether donors to pool and build per­ma­nent en­dow­ment funds that sup­port a wide range of com­mu­nity projects that sup­port the arts, cul­ture, health, recre­ation and sports. I have seen first­hand how these funds have had a pos­i­tive im­pact at Stu­dio 2880. Prince Ge­orge is a gen­er­ous town.

Chin de­voted his tal­ent as a pho­tog­ra­pher to share the very essence of the rugged and stun­ning land­scape of our home and shared it so gen­er­ously on the so­cial me­dia site, Hell Yeah Prince Ge­orge.

In a short time, he lifted the spir­its of thou­sands with his in­cred­i­ble eye for beauty, tire­less de­vo­tion to shoot­ing sports events and cap­tur­ing thou­sands of im­ages that tell sto­ries of life in Prince Ge­orge.

Koehler, to put it sim­ply, got in­volved. The list is long: Ro­tary, Spirit of the North Health­care Foun­da­tion, Bark­erville Her­itage Trust, Omineca Bee­tle Ac­tion Coali­tion, The Prince Ge­orge Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Prince Ge­orge Sym­phony Or­ches­tra. I heard him say that he was sim­ply do­ing what he loved to do to af­fect pos­i­tive change. One of those pos­i­tive changes was a sig­nif­i­cant role in es­tab­lish­ing an engi­neer­ing pro­gram at the Univer­sity of North­ern Bri­tish Co­lum­bia, open­ing the door for new tal­ent and ideas to come in and join our com­mu­nity.

Rus­tad epit­o­mizes what it is to start a grass roots move­ment to get some­thing done. Her lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment to vol­un­teerism and sup­port­ing many or­ga­ni­za­tions in Prince Ge­orge will have a last­ing im­pact. For over fifty decades, she has served on many boards in­clud­ing Brown­ies, Girl Guides, Meals on Wheels, Fes­ti­val of the Arts, UNBC Board of Gov­er­nors, and the Prince Ge­orge Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion - that in turn ben­e­fits many other or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als in our com­mu­nity.

Chin, Koehler and Rus­tad all made the de­ci­sion in their res­i­dency here in Prince Ge­orge to fo­cus out­ward, away from self, and to give tire­lessly for the bet­ter­ment of us all. They’ve proven it; lat­i­tude is found not in the re­ceiv­ing, but in the giv­ing.

The 2019 Ci­ti­zens of the Year in­ductees were Chuck Chin, Noreen Rus­tad and Al­bert Koehler.

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