Recognizing a member or members who have long served the interests and growth of the club, its members and the community at large. This honour is duly awarded to the member or members recognizing the contributions made and their commitment to continued service.
The Ken Owen Award is presented annually to the Team ORCA member voted “most inspirational” by their teammates.
The award was created by Mike Bourcier and Michele Levesque to commemorate Ken Owen (pictured to the right), a long-time member of Team ORCA who passed away in 2005. Ken was a great friend to Team ORCA, and loved running, triathlons, and the camaraderie of his running friends.
The recipient of this award is chosen for his or her “INSPIRATION” to other members of ORCA. The criteria for the award is that it is to be given to the person who, through his/her dedication, tenacity, comeback, etc. has been an inspiration to us all.
This year’s recipient has been described as humble, enthusiastic, quick to respond to club needs and often creatively thinking of new ideas to benefit us all as a group.
The most inspirational Orca member for 2020 raised our spirits along with her own, by encouraging members to pursue a virtual half marathon…complete with awards designed and provided at her own expense.
Regardless of the challenge, Penny goes the extra kilometers, far beyond the role and responsibilities as Membership Director. Thank You Penny!
Jill raced a total of 7 races in spite of Covid and placed first in six of them. She ran her first half marathon at the Goodlife Fitness in Victoria and placed 3rd in her age division
Other accomplishments included setting an age division course record for the Port Alberni Paper Chase 15k and winning the individual age group standings for the Island Series by completing 5 of the 8 possible races in first place.