Alex Browne photo Longtime community volunteer Bill Wallace was named one of White Rock’s Outstanding Canadians on the Peninsula at a special meeting of council on July 23.

White Rock names two more ‘Oustanding Canadians on the Peninsula’

Award recognizes hours of volunteer service in the community

The City of White Rock has recognized two more ‘Outstanding Canadians on the Peninsula’.

In a special meeting last week, Mayor Wayne Baldwin and councillors paid tribute to the community service of Earl Marriott Secondary teacher Michael Mackay-Dunn and longtime civic volunteer Bill Wallace, rounding out the roster of this year’s recipients.

The two other 2018 recipients – announced last month – are retiring South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce executive director Cliff Annable and community event organizer Moti Bali.

Mackay-Dunn, a 13-year Peninsula resident, is the first coach for Earl Marriott’s football program and is department head of the school’s First Nation Program. He teaches First Nation Studies, Economics and Business Studies.

The recognition particularly marks Mackay-Dunn’s advocacy on behalf of the First Nation Program and ongoing associated educational support for both students and teachers.

Baldwin noted Mackay-Dunn’s leadership of the committee that brought the Cen’Alien Totems welcome post project – a vision of late Semiahmoo First Nation grand chief Bernard Charles undertaken by carver Leonard Wells – to the school in 2013 and oversaw the formal installation ceremony in 2014 as part of the Year of Reconciliation.

Also noted was MacKay-Dunn’s involvement in the First Nations program’s hosting of the annual Spring Pow Wow, along with SFN.

Wallace, a 58-year Peninsula resident, was honoured for many hundreds of hours he has spent volunteering for service clubs, fundraisers, festivals and special events in the community.

This includes work with the Kinsmen Club, The Lions Club (through which he received the Lions International Fellowship Award) and both Peninsula Royal Canadian Legion clubs (Branch 8 – for which, as a piper, he participated in 100 parades – and Branch 240).

Among Wallace’s many other community service contributions have been helping fundraise $22,000 for a bus for the physically challenged for Peace Arch Hospital; chairing the Sunnyside Villas Seniors Housing Society; 34 years as a volunteer for White Rock’s Community Christmas Day Dinner, and service as a director and member of the White Rock Curling Club.

He has also served as a committee member for the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club, as well as spending years as a Little League coach and a Cub Scout master.

Just Posted

South Surrey Spirit Garden to host Solstice Stroll

Candlelight event to begin at 8 p.m. June 22

The struggle for space inside Surrey’s elementary schools

SECOND IN A SERIES: A look at how overcrowding impacts student life

VIDEO: 5X Festival takes over Surrey’s Central City plaza

Second annual event draws thousands of people throughout the day

Semiahmoo First Nation opens cannabis dispensary

Indigenous Bloom partners with First Nations

City shifts proposed transit station to King George after cancellation of LRT

Council to consider Newton Town Centre plan in fall

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Parents of BC murder victim want personal belongings returned

Lisa Dudley’s parents, Rosemarie and Mark Surakka, were at the Mission RCMP detachment Sunday

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Pride flag taken down by Township of Langley

Woman said she was told it was removed from her front yard because of a complaint

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Most Read