The West Coast is proud this week â€“ and always – of Keith Gibson, who was named by Premier Christy Clark as one of just 33 British Columbians to receive the B.C. Community Achievement Awards.
I couldnâ€™t say it better than Gord Johns, who called â€œGibbyâ€ a community champion and role model.
â€œGibby exemplifies exactly what this award is about â€“ community service,â€ said Johns.
The executive director of the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce nominated Gibson for the honour.
â€œKeith Gibson is a community champion for families living on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Leading the West Coast Multiplex Society, a facility that will be shared by eight communities, raising funds to support sport programs in the local schools, and supporting countless community projects are examples of ways Keith consistently demonstrates his care and dedication to his community,â€ Johns wrote.
Not only does Gibson annually raise over $20,000 at his golf tournament to support the kids sports at Ucluelet Secondary School, but as chair of the West Coast Multiplex Society, he led West Coast communities to a historic referendum to support the operating costs of Phase 1 of a proposed Multiplex Facility to be shared by the 8 communities of the West Coast.
â€œThis was a complicated process that he could only accomplished with his selfless behaviour, sacrifice and sheer determination,â€ Johns wrote.
The nomination was supported by warm letters from people like Carol Sedgwick at Ucluelet Secondary School, the West Coast Multiplex Society, Sue Payne at Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce, Tofino Mayor and Council and Donald Miyazaki, executive director of the Professional Golfers Association of BC.
Gibson, who lives in Tofino with his wife Paula and their kids Haydin and Karson, managed the Long Beach Golf Course and also owns and operates the Saratoga Golf Course on the East Coast of Vancouver Island.
He will be recognized at an April 29 at Government House in Victoria.
In his own understated way, Gibby was modest about the award and eager to share credit.
â€œItâ€™s definitely humbling and itâ€™s definitely an honour to be recognized in the province,â€ Gibson said.
â€œWith individual awards, the whole process revolves around the individual, so other people get forgotten about. Things donâ€™t happen by themselves. For example, the Pro Am. We end up giving a lot of money to the Ucluelet Secondary School â€“ but an event like that doesnâ€™t happen unless the community buys into it,â€ he said.
Gibby, as we kick off National Volunteer Week, we echo your nomination. Thanks for all you do.