Powell River people of 2017

First Credit Union establishes a new scholarship in name of Ruth Allan, also known as the credit union lady, who passed away at the age of 102.

Powell River Kings forward Jonny Evans is named Canadian Junior Hockey League first star after scoring 24 points in 11 games during January 2017.

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René’s Pasta owner René Glangeaud passes away suddenly at his home. Glangeaud ran his business on Marine Avenue for nearly 20 years.

Lund-based musician Lukah Bouchard releases his debut album, 5 Days a Week, and embarks on a Vancouver Island tour.

Westview Elementary School teacher Lisa Lewis is featured in our first Peak Profile.

Hockey player Tyler Carpendale, 17, signs an agreement with Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.

Peak publisher/editor Jason Schreurs wins a BCYCNA community newspaper environmental initiative award for his 2016 story on trailblazing environmentalist Ruby Roscovich.

Just as Powell River Employment Program Society executive director Lyn Adamson announces she is moving on from the position, she is recognized as career practitioner of the year by BC Career Development Association.

Alex Rawnsley returns as Powell River Kings announcer and also launches Powell River Cricket Club, an upstart cricket team that eventually plays matches on Vancouver Island.

Realtor Warren Behan makes a national real estate magazine top 100 list of small-market realtors.

Longtime Vancouver concert promoter Paul Mercs sets up headquarters in Lund and launches local promotions with a show by Toronto singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith at Max Cameron Theatre.

Veteran soccer players Tony Leach and Scott Fisher are part of a gold-medal winning Victoria team at the World Masters Games in New Zealand.

Nicholas Simons is elected MLA for a fourth term in the Powell River-Sunshine Coast provincial riding.

City of Powell River contracts community developer Christien Kaaij to begin the process of regional social planning.

Disability advocate Geraldine Braak is included in They Desire a Better Country: The Order of Canada in 50 Stories, a book that also includes astronaut Chris Hadfield and musician Oscar Peterson. She is later honoured during an evening event at Powell River Public Library.

Pesky Walter the Sea Lion returns to Westview’s harbours, causing the city to close its fish-cleaning stations.

Youth tap dancer Avari Dodd, 10, is accepted as part of Team Canada Dance.

Cory Carr is appointed president of Powell River Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting. Carr replaces longtime president Jack Barr.

Historical author David Doyle launches Louis Riel: Let Justice Be Done, a book that supports the exoneration of the Métis leader.

Longtime nurse Nova Cleghorn is named unsung hero at Vancouver Coastal Health’s People First Awards.

Shauna Andrews is the first student to earn an academic degree from Vancouver Island University’s Powell River campus, using online classes to achieve her goal.

Powell River Bantam Rep Kings coach Andy Welsh receives coach of the year honours from Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association.

Thespian Mitzi Jones joins the faculty of Powell River Academy of Music as an acting instructor.

Syrian families the Azraks and Dayekhs celebrate their first anniversary of arrival to Powell River.

Former Kelly Creek Community School principal Bill Rounis takes over as principal of Brooks Secondary School. Former Brooks principal Jamie Burt returns to Westview Elementary School.

School District 47 board member Ashley Hull is awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship to study development alternatives in India.

Powell River’s activist and arts community mourns the loss of Campbell River-based filmmaker Twyla Roscovich, who had strong local family roots.

Nine-year-old Cooper Jones has his wish to see polar bears granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Jones, who has life-threatening cancer, spends two days in Churchill, Manitoba.

Namibian musician Nelson Nagenda arrives in Powell River to perform in the Out of Africa Variety Show, the first in a series of cultural exchanges with School District 47 and the community.

German soccer player and 20-year-old Camber College student Julius Ulrich joins Powell River Villa and quickly becomes one of the club’s star players.

Tla’amin Nation citizen and KAIROS Blanket Exercise representative Devin Pielle journeys to Bella Bella on the Canada C3 icebreaker.

Powell River Employment Program Society welcomes new executive director Stuart Clark to his post.

Powell River Public Library chief librarian Terry Noreault announces his retirement, to take effect in January 2018. Noreault is instrumental in the library securing its new location.

Peak cartoonist Wendy Brown pens Owww! Traveling with Chronic Pain, a book about how to go on trips with a health condition.

Army cadet Katheryn Sheldon is one of 11 cadets chosen to go on a World War I and II battlefield tour in March 2018.

Music educator Paul Cummings announces the launch of Townsite Jazz Festival, which takes place in April 2018.

Twins Carli and Julie Kennedy, also known as Twin Kennedy, return to their hometown to perform a Christmas concert at Max Cameron Theatre.

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