Community Hero treated to BC Wine Country Experience

Wineries gave back to their communities in tangible ways during the wildfire crisis of summer 2023, now it’s time for them to do what they do best – provide an incredible BC wine experience to a deserving person who was there for people negatively impacted.

During the wildfire emergencies this year, many BC wineries stepped up as rallying points for community support. Whether by organizing donations of essentials, contributing a portion of their sales or tasting bar fees to local charities, in some cases even providing shelter, BC wineries did their part. As harvest season wrapped up in BC vineyards, wineries went even further to recognize a member of the community who did the same.

The Fall for BC Wine Community Hero Giveaway winner was selected from over 100 nominees, all incredibly deserving and ranging from impromptu community volunteers to first responders. The winner, Christine McWillis, was selected by random draw and embarked on an exciting VIP trip for two to BC wine country. The getaway included winery tastings and behind-the-scenes winemaking tours, transportation, accommodation, wine and food experiences, two tickets to the Okanagan Wine Fall Festival, and a $250 Save-On-Foods gift card to add some new favourite BC wines to their collection.

Winner: Kelowna Resident Christine McWillis

Nominated by: Revelstoke Resident Nicole McKenzie

Christine, who was nominated for assisting her neighbours during the McDougall Creek wildfire evacuation orders in West Kelowna, said: “I am honoured to be recognized for the small part that I played during these really difficult times in our community. To be recognized for making the difference in someone else’s life is the most meaningful part. This was an amazing opportunity to experience BC wine country.”

Christine was nominated by Revelstoke resident Nicole McKenzie who said: “Christine helped my son and daughter in law during a stressful time in their young lives. They were living in Rose Valley and the fires were getting close so they had to evacuate. When I called Christine for help she was there in seconds, and did not hesitate to get them organized and safe. As a parent that lived hours away, it was so calming to know she was there. I am sure she helped hundreds during that stressful time.”

Congratulations to Christine! To follow along with her on her BC wine country getaway look for @WinesofBC on Instagram and Facebook. For more news from Wines of BC, click here to subscribe to our newsletter, The Vine.


“This program was funded in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Government of British Columbia through programs delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.”