Lucas Anderson of Oyama is the 2012 recipient of the Arnold Award, named after Jane and Gilbert Arnold, two Lake Country residents who contributed greatly to their community and specifically to the Lake Country Museum.
Lucas, a recent graduate of George Elliot Secondary School, is a sixth generation Oyama resident, the great great grandson of Price Ellison who purchased land in Oyama in 1906 and planted out an orchard in 1909 (See Oyama Timeline 1871 to 1995 by Ken Ellison). Lucas’ great grandfather, Vernon Ellison, settled in Oyama in 1921 and became a successful rancher, businessman and community leader (See Kalwood Ranch). His grandfather, Ken Ellison also ranched and raised his family in Oyama, including Lucas’ mother Elizabeth Ellison.
Lucas has an avid interest in history, has been active in Scouts Canada and has volunteered extensively, including at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. He plans to attend Okanagan College at Vernon in the autumn.
Lucas joins the list of previous winners of the Arnold Award: Robert Abel (2011), Kayla Stinn (2010), Julianne Marriott (2009), Diane Kalis (2008), and Leland Crowther (2007). All are outstanding students pursuing studies in the Liberal Arts.