Spirit Awards are presented to community individuals or groups who voluntarily perform above and beyond normal expectations to benefit the community. During 2016, awards were presented to six individuals and two organizations for outstanding service to the community.
Spirit Award candidates can be nominated by community groups, residents, committees, Council members or Township staff and nominations are considered by Council at in Camera meetings. Awards are presented to recipients at open Council meetings.
Bob Alexander – for generously giving of his time as the official town crier at a number of community events through the years.
Bill Emery – for his volunteer work on a number of Township committees, community organizations and service groups.
Esquimalt Farmers Market – for their work in bringing more choices for local fresh food to the Township, and building a new community gathering place using environmentally sustainable policies and practices.
Dino Fiorin – for his volunteer efforts with major Township events (Buccaneer Days and Celebration of Lights), his work with the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce as member and president, and with several Township committees, including the Esquimalt Centennial Select Committee.
Diane Knight – for her work coordinating volunteer recognition events and acting as staff liaison for a number of community groups.
Township Community Arts Council – for their work in inspiring and fostering opportunities to showcase and celebrate Esquimalt’s active and creative arts community through organizing such popular events as the Memorial Park Music Fest, the Esquimalt Arts Festival, Sculpture Splash and Township Classics.
Sherri Robinson – for being a tireless steward and advocate for the Township’s history, as well as authoring the Esquimalt centennial book, the popular Township walking tour brochure series, and other publications.
Carole Witter – for her commitment to the community through participation in committees and community associations.