Bill McCreadie, an accountant for 50 years and a key international ambassador for Victoria, is this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.
The organization is honouring McCreadie, a partner in McCreadie and Tait and a long-standing supporter of the Victoria-Morioka Friendship Society. Morioka, Japan, is one of Victoria’s sister cities.
“As a rock-steady entrepreneur, Bill McCreadie is a model for many business leaders,” said Dan Dagg, incoming chair of the chamber’s board of governors. “He has been a member of the chamber since 1971 and has run a successful accounting practice for 50 years.”
McCreadie “deserves recognition for volunteering behind the scenes to serve high-profile sports events and for quietly working on behalf of business in Greater Victoria,” Dagg said.
For 34 years, McCreadie has served as president of the Victoria-Morioka Friendship Society.
McCreadie travelled to Morioka to present $20,900 in support after a magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan in 2011. This year, he is serving as a liaison between the Canadian Olympic Association and the city of Morioka, which is hosting Canadian Olympians in training for this summer's Tokyo Olympics.
Robin Adair, who nominated McCreadie, said: “It occurred to me that many people had no idea about the 30 years Bill had devoted to the sister-city friendship society or his decades of service to community organizations, including the chamber.”
McCreadie will be honoured at the Chamber’s annual business awards event May 12 at the Fairmont Empress.