VICTORIA – Wayne Duzita, Michael Feller and Michael McCoy were three of 32 British Columbians honoured at the 11th annual British Columbia Community Achievement Awards ceremony held at Government House in Victoria on Tuesday.

“The British Columbia Community Achievement Awards recognize exceptional leaders in our communities and our province,” Richmond East MLA Linda Reid said. “Congratulations to this year’s recipients for their dedication and contributions to their communities.”

“I am pleased three Richmond residents are being recognized for making a difference in our community and improving our quality of life,” Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat said.

“From encouraging responsible use of outdoor areas to enhancing youth and community services, this year’s award recipients who have made a tremendous difference to the community of Richmond,” Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap said. “Wayne Duzita, Michael Feller, and Michael McCoy are outstanding community leaders and advocates.”

Wayne Duzita volunteers in his Richmond community, his business community and for organizations that support youth and children facing challenges.  Wayne’s selfless contributions to British Columbia have benefitted Trinity Western University Advisory Council, Richmond Christmas Fund, Tourism Richmond, Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation, YVR Golf for Kids, Canuck Place Foundation and Canuck Place Hospice.

Dr. Michael Feller is a determined advocate for the responsible and respectful use of B.C.’s forests and wilderness areas. Associate Professor Emeritus at UBC’s Faculty of Forestry, long-time member of both the BC Mountaineering Club and The Alpine Club of Canada, Michael has mentored and shared his knowledge, helped preserve unspoiled natural areas of B.C., and has been a leader among our province’s outdoor recreationists.

For the past 30 years, Michael McCoy has been the executive director of Touchstone Family Association, a community service organization serving children, youth and families in Richmond. He has developed services that are innovative, responsive and creative including Youth Restorative Justice, Front Porch Program and Eating Together. Michael is a dynamic leader in British Columbia’s not-for-profit community service sector.