Shane Gunn was elected 2017 Citizen of the Year at the 24th Annual South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence & Citizen of the Year Awards. Gunn raised over $100,000 from t-shirt sales after the 2017 wildfires which was donated to various fire departments and non-profits.
“Obviously it’s a great honour and I think I can speak on behalf of all the other nominees, that it’s just an honour to be nominated, as the old saying goes. I guess I just kind of represent one of many people, many citizens who over the past year have done a lot for our community with the challenges we’ve faced,” he says. “It’s a great honour.”
He was surprised he won with so many public figures in the mix, he says.
The Chamber is extremely pleased with how everything went, according to Executive Director Shelly Morton.
“I believe it was probably one of our smoothest running business excellence awards and most successful, mostly due to the way the community got behind it this year and the nominees all got behind it. And I think it was a wonderful night.”
All nominees were well deserved and it was exciting to see the winners, says Morton. The winners are decided by a public vote.
“758 votes we got prior to the night and another 115 on that night.”
Morton thanks everyone who supported the event with the donations, silent auction items and the sponsors of the awards.
For the full list of winners check 100milefreepress.net.