Outstanding Canadians on the Peninsula

White Rock Outstanding Canadians on the Peninsula Legacy Program is the primary program for recognizing the contributions of citizens in making White Rock a successful, vibrant and harmonious community. The Outstanding Canadian on the Peninsula represents the highest form of recognition the City can extend to it's residents. Contributions from the Award Recipients may be related to arts, culture, environment, business and commerce, humanities, recreation, community service, education, health or medical fields.

View the White Rock Outstanding Canadians on the Peninsula Legacy Program - Policy Number: Council - 125

  1. 2022 Award Recipients
  1. Ramona Kaptyn
  2. Marie Sabine
  3. Upkar Singh Tatlay

Ramona Kaptyn

Ramona Kaptyn

2022 Outstanding Canadian on the Peninsula Award recipient, Ramona Kaptyn, has served the White Rock community as a volunteer and advocate for more than a decade. Ramona’s advocacy focus is on improving quality of life for seniors. She is President of Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) White Rock/Surrey and is on the Steering Committee of the Semiahmoo Seniors Planning Table. Both organizations bring a variety of educational and social events to the community to prevent older adult isolation and inspire friendships. Ramona is also Chair of the Seniors Advisory Committee of Seniors on the Move which aims to activate better transportation options for older adults. She serves on a variety of other committees and recently completed seven years on the board of the South Surrey/White Rock Chamber of Commerce. 

A graduate of both Ryerson University (Journalism) and the University of Toronto (Education and Political Science), Ramona has worked as a reporter, travel writer, editor, teacher, hotel managing director, event planner and fundraiser in Canada, Australia, England and Spain. From 2002 to 2008, she worked in international development in Southeast Asian countries to contribute to a more equitable world. 

Ramona currently works from her home office as B.C. representative for Toronto's Sheraton Parkway Hotel. She landed in White Rock/South Surrey quite by accident in July 2009; she loves it here and feels “home at last”.

Past Recipients

Award Recipient
Cliff Annable
Moti Bali
Michael MacKay-Dunn
Bill Wallace
Scott Harrold
Marilena Flückiger
Barbara Cooper
Judy Jordison
Jack McLachlan
Pat Petrela
Pat Patton
Polly Tays
Elizabeth Keeling
Ellen Kennett
Joe O'Malley
Chip Barret
Margaret Cuthbert
Caroline Foster
Elizabeth Hollick
Tom Kirstein
 Lesley Maudsley
 Mary Mikelson
David Riley
Dr. Roy Strang
Glen Todd
David Webb
Edith and Alan Webster
Patricia Zondag
Edith "Granny" Vidal
George and Beth Scott
Margaret and Dick Lower
Roy Jelly
Scott Wheeler
George Bryant
Lorraine Ellenwood
Michael Lane
Bill and Mary Macgregor
Don Munro
Mary Sanford

Awards Ceremony

Recipients of the Outstanding Canadians on the Peninsula award are recognized annually during the City’s Canada Day by the Bay celebrations and during a Regular Meeting.