BC Achievement Award presented to Joyce Babula

Sheila Swanson

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Tuesday, May 1 2018

The BC Community Achievement Awards celebrate British Columbians who go above and beyond in their dedication and service to others, and who devote time and energy to making their communities more caring, dynamic, beautiful, healthy and unique. The awards are given annually to people from across the province who inspire by their example. 

This year, one hundred and fifty nominations were received by the committee, and Gabriola’s Joyce Babula was one of twenty-five people chosen to be given this award by the newly appointed Lieutenant Governor, Janet Austin, at Government House on Wednesday.

Babula’s contribution has been her support and work with the Gabriola Community Hall Association for over thirty years. The community hall is not funded through the tax base and is run entirely by volunteers. Babula was one of the volunteers who rebuilt the hall in 1984 (following a fire) and since that time has worked tirelessly as the secretary, president and fundraiser.

To cover the annual operational costs there is an annual salmon barbecue in August. 

This event has been taking place for the last 61 years, and for the past 32 of these Babula has headed a committee to successfully execute a community gathering of over 600 people. Each summer Babula has willingly volunteered her time and energy to make sure that every detail of this event runs smoothly.

Babula has worked in the area of education for many years, from the development of the Parent Participation Pre-school where she taught for several years, to positions of kindergarten and special education teacher in schools with a large number of First Nations children. During these years Babula and her husband Graham fostered numerous First Nation children. She served on the British Columbia Teachers’ Association committees for Status of Women and attended the annual conference in Vancouver as a delegate for the Nanaimo School District during her spring break holiday. Babula cares about people and her community, and no one is more deserving of a Community Achievement Award.