Father Charles Brandt one of 2017’s Community Achievers

Believes humanity must transform its disruptive influence on the earth into a benign presence

Premier Christy Clark and Scott McIntyre, CM, Chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation,

Black Creek’s Father Charles Brandt was named one of this year’s recipients of the BC Community Achievement Awards.

“What makes British Columbia a great place to call home is the generosity, dedication and commitment of British Columbians,” said Premier Christy Clark in an announcement. “Thank you to the 2017 recipients for always going the extra mile for your communities, and your province.”

Father Brandt 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. Father Brandt has also volunteered with the Oyster River Enhancement Society contributing to the return of salmon and trout stocks to the once-decimated river.

“Today we celebrate the efforts of extraordinary British Columbians who strive to make our province a better place to live,” said Scott McIntyre, CM, Chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation. “We thank them for their remarkable efforts through their work and volunteering.”

An independent committee selects the recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. The 2017 selection committee members are Mayor Jack Froese of the Township of Langley, Mayor Carol Leclerc of the City of Terrace and past recipients, Sue Bauman of Vancouver, Raghwa Gopal of Kelowna and David Young of Vancouver.

The recipients of the 2017 awards will be recognized in a formal presentation ceremony at Government House in Victoria on April 26.