Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society president Dan Sammartino congratulates Creston's Larry Ewashen.

Two awards presented to Creston’s Larry Ewashen

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Larry Ewashen of Creston was the recipient of two awards at a recent ceremony in Castlegar.

The first was a recognition of achievement certificate from the Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society, which read, “We the Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society acknowledge Larry Ewashen for the time, perseverance, determination and energy that was required to monumentalize Peter V. Verigin, a Person of Historic Significance, and the migration of the Doukhobors from Saskatchewan to British Columbia in 1908, an Event of National Historic Significance. Thank you for your contribution to Doukhobor history for posterity.”

The relevant plaques as dedicated by the Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada will be officially unveiled at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre in Castlegar in September.

The other award was from Minister of State for Multiculturalism John Yap, in which the seminal volume, B.C. People: Portraits of Diversity in B.C., was presented to Ewashen. In a letter accompanying the volume, Yap wrote, “I am pleased to present you with a copy of B.C. People: Portraits of Diversity in B.C., which would not have been possible without the stories and creativity demonstrated throughout your contribution. In addition, this book will be shared across British Columbia in schools, libraries and community centres to raise awareness and understanding of multiculturalism and to promote thought and dialogue about diversity in the province.”

This book is available at the Creston and District Public Library.