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Volunteers are Stars honours Richmond's volunteers

Richmond’s star volunteers were honoured last night at the 11th annual Volunteers are Stars Awards.

More than 400 people attended the awards dinner at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport.

Those honoured were:

Kim Jones, long-time volunteer at Thompson Community Association and ambassador at the Richmond Olympic Oval, won the Star of Richmond Award. Jones passed away earlier this year.

Team ALS of BC and Yukon won the Nova Star Award for its persistent striving to provide long term support for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis patients and their families.

Innovation Networks won the Shining Star Award for its work in developing and sponsoring websites of non-profit groups.

•Som Ghosh won a Shooting Star Award for co-founding the McRoberts in Action Group and working in many other volunteer capacities.

•Teddy Shih won a Shooting Star Award for volunteering with the Richmond Youth Service Agency’s Generations Homework Club.

•George Agnew won a Constellation Award for his work with the Richmond Kajaks, Richmond Terry Fox Run, the Green Coats and many other organizations.

•Louise Young won a Constellation Award for her work with South Arm Women’s Auxiliary, Richmond Community Foundation, Richmond Curling Club and many other organizations.

•The Richmond Youth Foundation won a Constellation Award for its work in developing of youth leadership.

•Hand Up to Hope won a Constellation Award for its work in providing a hot home-cooked meal to the city’s homeless and disadvantaged.

Volunteer Richmond Information Services executive director Elizabeth Specht announced that the Star of Richmond Award will now be named the Milan Ilich Award for Leadership, in honour of the late philanthropist, who passed away earlier this year.

Ilich was a supporter of the Volunteers are Stars Awards since the beginning.

“He truly believed that volunteers should be recognized,” Specht said.

The annual Volunteers are Stars Awards are organized by Volunteer Richmond.

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