Winner hopes award will inspire

North Cowichan’s Carol Hunt hopes her win of a B.C. Community Achievement Award will prompt others in the community to pitch in.

"This award should be the inspiration to get involved, to offer help, to celebrate many small things that add up to much bigger results," said Hunt. "I hope I have been a good example of hard work and passion. I share this award with others who feel the same way."

Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, named the 2014 recipients of the awards last week.

Hunt was one of just 33 who were honoured from across the province, and the only one from the Cowichan Valley. She was nominated for the award by Municipality of North Cowichan mayor and council.

She has been active in the Cowichan Valley community for 45 years. She has worked with numerous organizations over the years including Cowichan Sportsplex, and Community Futures Cowichan, but has been particularly active in organizations working with seniors, including Cowichan Valley Hospice Society, and Abbeyfield Houses Society.

She couldn’t have done it on her own, Hunt said.

"Behind every person who is honoured with an award of distinction such as this, there is a team of supporters and volunteers who are the real recipients of such an award," said Hunt. "For every success, there needs to be a leader – a rudder – to steer the project. But then there needs to be the worker bees who actually have enough faith in the leader to do the hands-on work. I would like to see the community embrace the agencies that are working so hard to make a difference towards a strong future for seniors in Cowichan."