Congratulations to Mary O’Neill on winning the BC Government Community Achievement award!

One of our Associate Faculty, Mary O’Neill, MA, R.C.C., has just won the BC Government Community Achievement award – Recognizing the spirit, imagination, dedication, and contribution of British Columbians in their communities.

Premier John Horgan and Scott McIntyre, CM, Chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, today named this year’s recipients of the BC Community Achievement Awards, marking the 15th offering of these awards. We a thrilled to see our very own Mary O’Neill as a recipient!

“The dedication and generosity of British Columbians like these make our communities great places to live,” said Premier John Horgan. “Thanks to the 2018 recipients for helping build a better British Columbia for us all. “

“We are very proud to be able to honour 25 extraordinary British Columbians whose dedication contributes to the health and well being of our province,” said McIntyre. “We thank them all for their remarkable contributions as both volunteers and engaged citizens.”

For a full listing of all recipients, link here:

An independent committee selects the recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. The 2018 selection committee members are Mayor Lyn Hall of Prince George, Mayor Josie Osborne of Tofino and past recipients, Garry F. Benson, QC of Kelowna, Karen Gilmore of Vancouver and David Young of Vancouver.

The recipients of the 2018 awards will be recognized in a formal presentation ceremony at Government House in Victoria on April 25, 2018. Each recipient will receive a certificate, and a medallion designed by BC artist Robert Davidson, OC.

Here’s a summary of her profile on the BC Government Community Achievement Awards, along with her CityU Canada profile and her work within our academic community. Congratulations Mary. You make us proud!

Mary O’Neill

As President of the Talitha Koum Society, Mary O’Neill, helps empower women with addictions by providing a home, a nurturing community, 12-step programming and life skills training. A former teacher, counselor, and principal, her career spanned almost 40 years and her dedicated committee work helped establish the Tri-Cities’ first restorative-justice program now known as Communities Embracing Restorative Action (CERA). Today, Mary opens up her home regularly for support and social gatherings for immigrant women.

Mary O’Neill, CityU Canada Associate Faculty, Master of Education in School Counselling Program

An educator for almost 40 years, Mary has worked as a teacher, counsellor, vice-principal and principal with the Coquitlam School District, concluding her career as the principal of Dr. Charles Best Secondary School. She played a major role in developing the district’s Critical Response Team and Crisis Response Handbook, has presented numerous suicide-prevention workshops, and has served as a District Critical Incidence responder and debriefer. Also trained as a family therapist, Mary was the first teacher in the District’s Teen Parent Program; years later, as a high school principal, she had the pleasure of congratulating several of her students’ children as they crossed the stage during their commencement ceremony. Since retiring in 2014, Mary has worked intermittently on a contract basis with the school district as an administrator and counsellor. She is happily married to her best friend and is thrilled that her two sons have married such wonderful women, both of whom are teachers. Mary joined the City U faculty in 2014 as an Internship and Practicum supervisor for the School Counselling program.