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Date: January 23, 2008
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Local Heroes Receive Kudos

Exceptional leaders of our local communities were recognized today at the fourth annual Victoria’s Leadership Awards fundraising luncheon and award ceremony. The awards program is a partnership between Leadership Victoria, the Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria and the University of Victoria to honour local heroes who have contributed to the vibrant life of our city and inspired others to get involved in maintaining the wellbeing of our communities.

A total of 20 people were nominated for the six 2008 Victoria’s Leadership Awards. The winners are:

• The Rotary Community Leadership Awards which recognize community leaders who meet the Rotary test for the highest level of ethical behavior and community leadership—Mabel Jean Rawlins and Bob Skene
• The University of Victoria Community Leadership Awards which acknowledge exemplary leadership in linking the University of Victoria and the community for greater public benefit— Dr. Sibylle Artz and Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater
• The Vancity Youth Award which acknowledges an emerging leader within our community—Roselynn Verwoord
• The Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award which honours outstanding long-term service in community leadership roles such as philanthropy, innovation, mentoring and career achievement—(previously announced) Jane Heffelfinger, OBC

Leadership Victoria has been providing comprehensive leadership training to community members since 2000. Information about all nominees for this year’s awards, including biographies and photographs, is available on the association’s website at www.leadershipvictoria.ca/vaward.htm.

**Photos of the recipients are available upon request**

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Media contacts:
Bernadine Rudichuk (Program Director, Leadership Victoria) at 250-386-2269 ext. 31 or bernadine@leadershipvictoria.ca
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca

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