Don McMillan Memorial Award

Debra Arnott

Community Futures Sun Country

In Deb's 27 years with Community Futures, she has been involved in so much.  

She was a strong voice for CF on the Province’s Rural Advisory Council which provided input on government policy decisions to support rural communities, and resulted in the creation of the Rural Dividend Fund. She then pushed to give CF’s access to funding as applicants.

When the wildfires hit BC, she reached out immediately to the businesses in her region to learn how her Community Futures could help.  She teamed up with the other CF offices and CFBC and the end result, the Wildfire Business Transition Project.  This work set precedence for future disaster recovery in BC.  


Wanda Zink

Community Futures Central Island

Wanda Zink was awarded the Don McMillan award for her continued contribution to the Community Futures Network . She began her journey with Community Futures in 1979 and, after 40 years, she has touched every aspect and person who has walked through the doors, acting as a finance person, reception, business analyst and self employment coordinator, providing the continuity that has kept the longest operating CF moving forward. She was instrumental in the development of numerous systems, policies and procedures that allowed the organization to remain relevant and forward for four decades.

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