Community Spirit Award Finalists

For a business or individual that demonstrates an outstanding generous spirit by way of support for Tri-Cities based organizations and not-for-profits.


  • Uses their resources to provide outstanding support to local initiatives and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Embodies leadership in community initiatives and has had a significant positive impact on the Tri-Cities community.
  • Demonstrates a passion for the community, making a positive difference and giving back.
  • Demonstrates an outstanding generous spirit and dedication to making the Tri-Cities a better place to live and work.

2017 Winner: Sharon Perry, Sharon Perry & Associates Inc., Chartered Professional Accountant

Joseph Choi, ShelfGenie

Personally Joseph enjoys supporting the following local initiatives in the Tri-Cities:

  • Tri-Cities Kid Sport – He helps sort out the sports equipment before they’re sold at events throughout the year and fundraises through Crossfit CBC gym.
  • Operation Red Nose – He volunteers when he can to help out during this time to get people home safe.
  • Ruben’s Shoes – He helped to raise over 300 pairs of shoes in 2 weeks for a project his 8-year old daughter worked on this year.
  • Terry Fox – ShelfGenie supports Terry Fox through fundraising drives and participate in the local events each year.
  • L.E.A.S.H – Each month, he makes a donation of dog food items to L.E.A.S.H.
  • Tri-Cities Connect Volunteer – He picks up litter in Port Moody, in the parks, the shoreline or wherever else.
  • Walk-A-Mile in her shoes – As he is about gender equality and ensuring we all show respect in this world, he likes to lead by example on this front supporting awareness for women.
  • Seniors Professional Services – This is a business group that he is a part of and he has participated in numerous community activities

“At the end of the day, try to use my personal time to get out there to support various initiatives beyond the one’s I mention as well, but most important for me is to demonstrate to the community and my family that giving back matters and doing it with heart will help drive our community in the right direction of giving back and supporting those in need. I’m very flattered by the nomination and I’m sure there are countless others of us who have a same belief system of giving back, I just do my part where I can to make an impact despite sometimes a hectic schedule with my business covering Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, I make it a point to do everything I can to support local.” – Joseph

Sandy Burpee, Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group

In 2017, Sandy Burpee received the Medal of Good Citizenship from Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizen’s Services on behalf of Christy Clark. This prestigious Medal of Good Citizenship recognizes individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to their communities without exception of remuneration or reward. This medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life.

Sandy was honoured with the medal for his tireless work done on behalf of those in need in the Tri-Cities. Among his many contributions, he has been instrumental on initiatives that have a lasting impact to the community and organizations he supports.

Wesbild Holdings Ltd.

Wesbild is proud to be part of the Tri-Cities community and has enthusiastically supported many local initiatives since the company was founded in 1981. It believes in giving back to the shared community, and this is why it has invested in critical organizations like SHARE Family and Community Services, including providing SHARE’s building that is used for their food bank and counselling services to support the most vulnerable in the Tri-Cities. This is also why it started the Wesbild LIFT Scholarship for CABE Secondary. To date, 80 students have been awarded the scholarship. Wesbild stands by the youth as they develop needed skills to move ahead in creating successful lives for themselves.

Wesbild is also proud to support many other community initiatives, including the Coquitlam Library Link bus for seniors and the disabled, the after-school program at Kateslem, the introduction of art lessons and a new kitchen at Encompass, and Coquitlam SAR’s Mobile Command Centre. Further, it has donated $5 million for a new track and field for the proposed middle/high school on Burke Mountain.