In November 2005 at its AGM the V&D made an extraordinary award to an extraordinary individual, whose contribution to the Sport of Bowls was so exceptional that something special was required to acknowledge his decades of work. And so, at the suggestion of the Granville Park Bowls Club, Jim Buttar was awarded an honourary membership to every club in the Vancouver and District. The motion passed without any discussion required.
Jim Buttar had served numerous times on the V&D board starting in 1969, as well as on the executives of four different clubs. He was a key member of the organizing committees for four different major Canadian championships (1981, 1986, 1998, 2004) as well as being the assistant score-keeper and fund-raising chair for the 1993 Pacific Rim Championships and the 1994 Commonwealth Games.
Since this award was made, Jim has contributed his time and experience to the Pacific Indoor Bowls Club as it has resumed operations in their new facilities as well as serving several times on the Canadian Indoor Singles Championships committee.
Jim Buttar is truly a one-of-a-kind guy!
A number of bowlers in the V&D have been recognized at the Provincial, National and International levels for their extraordinary contributions to the Sport of Bowls. Here are the ones known to your writer. If you know of others ,please pass the names, awards won and years in which they were won to me.
Bowls B.C. President's Award
1995 Dorothy Macey (Vancouver South)
1999 Jim Murphy (Vancouver South)
2000 Jim Buttar (Vancouver South)
In 1996 the Volunteer Awards were established by Bowls BC. Each district selects one or two individuals whom it feels has made an extraordinary contribution to the Sport of Bowls in the district.2015
2014 Kion Wong Richmond, Samuel Siu North Vancouver
2013 George Cubiss Maple Ridge, Frank Kaweski West Point Grey
2012 John Speers North Vancouver
2011 On Kow Au Richmond
2006-2010 No selection
2005 Janet Schwartzentruber South Burnaby
2002-2004 No selection
2001 Jim Murphy Vancouver South
2000 Peter Moffat North Vancouver, Betty Leon Burnaby North
1999 Tony Boucher Granville Park
Jim and Sheila Buttar Vancouver South (nominees of Bowls B.C.)
1998 Margaret Harrington New Westminster
1996 Fred Sallis & Kathy Finch New Westminster