Eve Reinarz, holding a bouquet, was honoured Monday with a Widening Our World (WOW) Award from Community Living British Columbia for her community service. Photo submitted

Nanaimo community worker wins WOW Award

Eve Reinarz was honoured Monday with an award from Community Living British Columbia

A Nanaimo woman has wowed a lot of people through her community work, and she was recognized this week for those efforts.

Eve Reinarz was honoured Monday with a Widening Our World (WOW) Award from Community Living British Columbia for her community service.

According to a press release from Community Living B.C., Reinarz was honoured for her “exceptional contribution to developing community services that build independence and connect people to their community.”

She has supported access to healthy food through the Good Food Box program, inclusive art through Start With Art Nanaimo and independent living with the Supportive Apartment Living program she created. She has also been collaborating with Foodshare, Seniors Connect, filmmaker Paul Manly and others in the upcoming documentary project Setting the Table.

“Eve is a true community champion who has made the community of Nanaimo much richer for her contributions,” said Leonard Krog, Nanaimo MLA, in the press release, adding that he congratulates her on her “well-deserved recognition.”

Shane Simpson, B.C. minister of social development and poverty reduction, was also quoted in the press release, saying efforts like Reinarz’s are the very motivation behind the WOW Awards.

“On behalf of our government, I would like to thank Eve for her contributions in making her community and our province more inclusive,” Simpson said.

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