News & Events
Jun 14, 2017
Living Laudato Si'—Fr. Charles Brandt ERM
Twenty British Columbians were recently honoured at the fourteenth annual British Columbia Community Achievement Awards’ presentation ceremony held at Government House in Victoria. The Awards were established to recognize and celebrate the spirit, imagination, dedication and contribution of British Columbians to their communities.
The Honourable Judith Guichon OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia along with BC Achievement Foundation Board members, Robert Louie OC and Christopher Gaze OBC presented each recipient with a BC Community Achievement Award certificate, medallion and citation. Scott McIntyre CM, Foundation Chair, hosted the presentation ceremony.
“British Columbia is built on the strength of its communities, and that strength is rooted in the spirit, ideas and passion of the people recognized today,” said McIntyre. “Their stories highlight the remarkable diversity of our province and the potential of each and every individual to truly make a difference.”
One honouree was Fr. Charles Brandt ERM, of Black Creek, British Columbia. Fr. Charles believes that it is humanity’s great work to transform our disruptive influence on the earth to a benign presence. As a leading member of the Tsolum River Restoration Society, in partnership with other groups, he spearheaded a campaign to get the old copper mine site capped at a cost of $4.5 million, which enabled the immediate return of salmon to the river. Fr. Charles has also volunteered with the Oyster River Enhancement Society contributing to the return of salmon and trout stocks to the once decimated river.
Congratulations, Fr. Charles, for your unceasing work on behalf of our environment, and for this award which recognizes your commitment to living out Laudato Si’.
Director Edwin Grieve, Comox Valley Regional District (L); Fr. Charles Brandt (centre); Chair Bruce Jolliffe (R)
The 2017 Honourees (Fr. Charles Brandt received his award in the Comox Valley and is pictured above, centre)