VANCOUVER — A Prince George resident is among 19 British Columbians to receive the Province's Medal of Good Citizenship. Selen Alpay of Prince George is one of the recipients of the medal for his outstanding community service. The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life. Alpay is known for his compassion and enormous heart. He's also given his time to multiple volunteer boards and organizations.
"Everyone receiving medals today embodies the best qualities of being a British Columbian," said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and chair of the medal's selection committee. "All of us on the selection committee were impressed by the generosity, compassion and sacrifice each and every one of the recipients has demonstrated. Congratulations to all honourees."
In 2017, Alpay was named Citizen of the Year by the Prince George Community Foundation in recognition of how he goes above and beyond in volunteerism and philanthropy.
As a corporate citizen, Alpay supports youth, sport, arts, culture, healthcare and social causes.
As an employer, he truly believes that good culture starts at the top. In recognition of this, in 2017, his Canadian Tire store was presented the award for Outstanding Corporate Culture at the Prince George Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
Another winner in the region was Stan McCarthy of 150 Mile House.
McCarthy, the fire chief for the 150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department, is being credited with going above and beyond the call of duty when wildfires threatened the area during the summer of 2017.
A resident of the community since the 1970s, he was one of the founding members of the fire department and provided a professionally trained core of volunteers ready to battle those wildfires.
McCarthy also helped create a skating rink at the firehall that the community has enjoyed for 20 years and travelled to Kelowna to assist the province in the emergency response to the 2003 firestorm.
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