The Vancouver Sparkles Award is a program in the City of Vancouver that recognizes neighbors who go the extra mile to make their neighborhood special. Since its beginnings in 2001, hundreds of award winners have been recognized for making Vancouver Sparkle, and acknowledged for making their neighborhoods clean, green and a good place to live and work. Whether it’s picking up litter during a daily walk, organizing a cleanup, helping neighbors with yard work or being a friendly neighbor with a “can do” attitude, your neighborhood association is encouraged to name a Vancouver Sparkles Award Winner and honor them in a special way. Maybe it will be recognition at the neighborhood picnic or cleanup day, winter holiday gathering or at a general membership meeting, along with an article in your neighborhood newsletter.
Vancouver Sparkles Award recipients are selected by individual neighborhood associations and awards are presented by the association.
The City supports your recognition effort by providing a special certificate signed by Mayor Tim Leavitt, a reusable Vancouver Sparkles bag, a special window decal and your choice of: a Vancouver Sparkles T-shirt, a garden flag or super-sized coffee mug. We will also post the names and nominations of the award winners on the City website, and provide a special recognition in the Office of Neighborhoods Weekly Update. Please send your nomination (including name and a brief description of why they were chosen) to Judi Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-487-8608. Nominations received that do not come from recognized neighborhood associations will be forwarded to the appropriate neighborhood association for their consideration.
Following are the winning nominations for 2014 as selected by Vancouver neighborhood associations. If your neighborhood association has not yet selected a Vancouver Sparkles award winner this year, contact your neighborhood association president or chair person with your nomination.
The Cascade Highlands Neighborhood Association honors Mark Crawford
Mark has been the spearhead of the Homestead Acres Fence project and has spent many hours working on it for the last couple years. Mark also works around Homestead Acres to spruce up the foliage. He single-handedly painted panels and panels of fence. He set up a Nextdoor account for Homestead Acres and has written and distributed several communications to the 101 residents there. Mark volunteers at the neighborhood association cleanups and is an all-around great neighbor. Thanks Mark!
The Maplewood Neighborhood Association honors Sharon Gutz.
Sharon has been a strong supporter of Maplewood Neighborhood from the get go. She organized and carried out a very successful fund raising event for the neighborhood this past December. Sharon also helps deliver newsletters and makes phone calls to encourage people to attend our meetings. Last year when Maplewood did our plantings in the park and our water was not turned on in time she made trips to the park with two liter bottles of water on her scooter to help water our seedlings. She has just been an all around good neighbor checking on neighbors who have life long challenges and those that may have a temporary disability or illness.
Thank you Sharon!
The Wildwood Neighborhood Association honors Claire Jurkovich.
Claire has been a Neighbors On Watch volunteer since 2012, and has logged over 560 hours as a NOW volunteer. In addition to citizen patroller, Claire has also helped recover over 75 stolen vehicles and is part of a call-out team to help search for missing children and vulnerable adults. Claire is also the lead organizer of the annual Wildwood neighborhood-wide garage sale day. She is a past chair of the neighborhood association and for many years was the only active board member for the association.
One thing is certain: Claire Jurkovich is doing her part to make sure Vancouver Sparkles!