The Alex Nilsson Award

The Alex Nilsson Award
Given by the BC Branch Canadian Institute Public Health Inspectors in Alex’s name!


On December 2009 Alex Nilsson was awarded the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable MichaĆ«lle Jean, Governor General of Canada for his outstanding commitment as a volunteer in Creston BC. In1999, after 30 years as a Public Health Inspector, Alex retired from his position with the East Kootenay Health Unit. He was and is highly respected by his colleagues and superiors. He is remembered for doing his job “beyond the call of duty”, his friendly nature, thorough explanations and interest to help out with a shovel in hand.

Alex was and still is the ultimate volunteer in his community and region having chaired or participated on seventeen community boards and councils from the Hospital Board to soccer club. He was the founder of four recreational clubs from swimming to skiing, and participated with his family in many of these and other sports. In the summer of 2005 he completed his most outstanding achievement by rollerskiing 6,100 KM across Canada for the Canadian Diabetes Association. He still volunteers with several community groups. He is a recipient of the Queens’ Jubilee Award, was awarded Citizen of the Year in 2004, Freeman of the town in 2005, presented with the Volunteer Appreciation Award and had the soccer field named after him.


The Award:

Volunteers are essential to the ongoing success of the BC Branch of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. The Alex Nilsson Award was created to commend one hard-working volunteer who has given considerable time, skill and effort to the BC Branch, CIPHI, and/or his or her community and has had a positive impact in British Columbia and/or Canada.

Alex receiving BC Branch Canadian Institute Public Health Inspectors Honorary membership award from President of BC Branch CIPHI Keir Cordner.