Local Heroes Karen and Jim

In October 2011 two members of the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness will be publically recognized for their dedication and service to those less fortunate.

Congratulations to Karen O Shannacery for receiving the Order of British Columbia.

Congratulations to Jim McQueen for receiving a Burnaby Local Hero Award.

Members of the Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness celebrated and expressed our appreciation for their contribution at our September meeting.

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Order of British Columbia

Karen O Shannacery, Executive Director of Lookout Emergency Aid Society will be receiving the Order of British Columbia on October 4th in recognition of her tireless commitment and assistance to respectfully advocate for and provide comfort to homeless and disenfranchised people in the Lower Mainland.

Karen has dedicated herself for forty years to advocating for those less fortunate and is an extremely deserving recipient of this award.

Lookout operates 17 facilities in Vancouver, the North Shore and New Westminster providing emergency shelter and transitional housing and drop-in/outreach services to hundreds of otherwise homeless and hard-to-house adults, the majority of whom have mental health and/or addiction issues.

The Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness has greatly appreciated Karen’s expertise since the beginning when the Task Force was established in January 2005.

The members of the Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness enthusiastically endorsed this Order of British Columbia nomination that was initiated by Pastor Norman Oldham.

Burnaby Local Hero 2011

Jim McQueen will be receiving the Burnaby Local Hero Award on October 3rd.

Jim is a pleasant, hard working man who uses his quirky sense of humor and gentle spirit to assist others and make people comfortable.

Jim is non judgmental in nature and is very compassionate. Jim is interested in people, all people, and takes the time to listen to others and to learn from their experience.

Jim is comfortable working with a wide variety of people from other volunteers to those in desperate need. Jim is always respectful and considerate. Jim is valued as an honest and kindhearted person by all who know him.  

Jim is a regular volunteer at the Outreach Resource Centre, at the Salvation Army street ministry and participates in many community organizations.

Jim hosted the Command Centre at his church Gordon Presbyterian Church for the recent Metro Vancouver Homeless Count in March 2011 and brought to the role his friendly welcoming manner and baking expertise. Jim’s concern for Burnaby citizens has taken many forms over many years.

Many agencies who are members of the Task Force have benefited from the dedication of Jim’s volunteerism. This year the Rotary awarded Jim the Paul Harris Award for his excellent contribution to the community, his many acts of kindness and generosity of his time towards all non profit organizations.

Jim is a valued and respected member of this Task Force.






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