Building a sense of community

Nominations open for award that recognizes a person or group that builds Cranbrook, one metaphorical brick at a time

Do you know a person or group who has helped strengthen Cranbrook’s community values?

If so, you can nominate them for the 2013 Sustainable Community Builder Award.

“The Sustainable Community Builder Award is presented to an individual, group, club, agency or society in recognition of outstanding contributions to the social, arts, cultural, economic or environmental sustainability of the City of Cranbrook,” said Mayor Wayne Stetski.

Last year, the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary took the honour. In 2010, it was the Cranbrook Farmers’ Market Society, and in 2009 it was Debbie Sinclair, then executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cranbrook.

For the first time this year, the recipient of the award will receive $500 to be donated to the charity of their choice. The donation comes from a legacy fund left by the Knights of Pythias, Crescent Lodge #33 of Cranbrook, to the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation.

The Foundation is partnering with the City of Cranbrook to offer the award, and executive director Riley Wilcox says the city’s commitment to the award shows that Cranbrook citizens work hard to strengthen the community.

“The Sustainable Community Builder Award values our greatest resource – our citizens,” said Wilcox. “Without their efforts, our community would not shine as brightly as it does. They are the heart of our city.”

Application forms and eligibility criteria are available at City Hall, at or at The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 30, 2014.