Lower Kootenay Band Chief Jason Louie received a 2013 BC Community Achievement Award last week from Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Ida Chong (left) and Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon.

Lower Kootenay Band Chief Jason Louie received a 2013 BC Community Achievement Award last week from Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Ida Chong (left) and Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon.

Lower Kootenay Band Chief Jason Louie receives BC Community Achievement Award

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On March 14, Lower Kootenay Band Chief Jason Louie received a 2013 BC Community Achievement Award from Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon and Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Ida Chong.

“Jason Louie is an innovative thinker with a clear vision for the success of his community,” said a British Columbia Achievement Foundation press release. “Elected chief of the Lower Kootenay band in 2011, Jason worked quickly to establish excellent working relationships between the Lower Kootenay Band and key agencies in the Creston Valley such as the RCMP, mayor and town council and College of the Rockies, to name a few.  He openly built bridges that share the Ktunaxa culture and history. And, in this way, he has created the awareness and knowledge that makes these relationships thrive.

“At the same time, in his First Nation community, he is engaging the young people in preserving their language, culture and traditions.”

Gray Creek’s Tom Lymbery was alo honoured with a BC Community Achievement Award, but was unable to attend the ceremony.

“For over 50 years, Tom Lymbery has been vital to the growth and development of Gray Creek and the East Shore of Kootenay Lake,” said the foundation. “From the chamber of commerce, the Trans Canada Trail, Gray Creek Historical Society, community celebrations, East Shore health board to the Gray Creek Store, he is unwavering in his dedication to his community.”

—BC ACHIEVEMENT FOUNDATION