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2023 Volunteers Are Stars Awards

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:57 PDT, Tue March 28, 2023

On April 19, for the first time in three years, the Volunteers Are Stars Awards will be held in person. 

Taking place at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, this year’s event promises to be a spectacular and inspiring celebration of Richmond’s volunteer spirit, represented by over 30 brilliant nominees. 

To everyone who submitted a nomination, thank you for giving these community stars a chance to shine brightly and broadly. Their contributions are remarkable, their impact undeniable. And from now until the awards ceremony, we’re going to share their stories and accomplishments, illustrating how each nominee, in their way, has made Richmond a stronger, healthier, more inclusive community. 

Without further ado, here are your 2023 Volunteers Are Stars nominees.

Star of Richmond – Recognizing Outstanding Leadership Volunteers

  • Lilian Callegari 
  • Mary Derksen 
  • Susan Ness 

Shooting Star – Recognizing Outstanding Youth Volunteers

  • Megan Chan 
  • Serena Chin 
  • Ava Koldenhof
  • Christopher Mok 
  • Eden Wu 
  • Micah Wu 

Constellation – Recognizing Outstanding Volunteer Groups

  • A Not So Silent Night Committee 
  • Richmond Advocacy and Support Committee 
  • Richmond Hospital or Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Shop 

Nova Star – Recognizing Outstanding Individual Volunteers

  • Leon Chew 
  • Don Danyluk 
  • Frank Fowlie 
  • Raymond Goh 
  • Patricia Gustafson 
  • Jackie Lee 
  • Marcus Narsaiya 
  • Charles Pinto 
  • John Read 
  • Linda Shirley 
  • Erika Stewart 
  • Ron Toffolo 
  • Grace Turner 
  • Ray Wang 
  • David Wong 
  • Rosemary Yee 
  • Jasmine Yip 
  • Claire Zhang 
  • Melissa Zhang 

Beginning in April, each nominee will get a dedicated post, complete with photo and a brief description of their volunteer work. If you know the nominee, you can like the post, share it, or add a comment, describing the volunteer's impact on your own life, your organization, or the community in general.

In short, we're asking for your help to elevate and amplify each nominee's story, so we can show the value of community service in the many forms it takes.

Tickets for the awards are available for purchase at $75 each, and only $50 for RCRG members. What's priceless, though, is the opportunity to celebrate alongside the nominees, and thank them in person for their volunteer contributions. Just remember to bring a pair of sunglasses, because the room will be filled with stars.

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