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Governors Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

2017 Governors' Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


Mel Cooper

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It is with great pleasure that The Chamber recognizes Mel Cooper as the 2017 Lifetime Achievement award recipient.

“Mel is a great community leader and is very deserving of this award,” said Frank Bourree, Past-Chair of The Chamber Board of Directors and current Governors’ Chair. “The impact he has had on this community as both a businessman and an active volunteer is profound.”

Cooper purchased CFAX in 1974 from Clare Copeland. Within a few years Mel had changed CFAX from an all music station to talk radio with radio personalities, public affairs programs that involved the audience and a focus on local politics and news.

“As an entrepreneur you need to be brave and courageous—where there’s a will there’s a wallet,” says Cooper.

A year after relocating to Victoria, Mel became a member of The Chamber. He went on to serve as President in 1979 and is presently an active member of the Board of Governors. It was early in his time at The Chamber that he met the love of his life, his wife Carmella, who was chairing the annual Chamber Flower Count Committee.

One of Mel’s fondest fundraising achievements is Jeneece Place—a home where families can stay while their children receive hospital treatment in Victoria. Diagnosed at age three with Neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition, Jeneece Ederoff has raised over $12 million for sick children starting with a penny drive when she was just seven years old.
“Mel is the reason Jeneece Place is here. He realized what my dream was and helped me get there,” said Ederoff. “He is a true philanthropist.”

When asked why Mel should receive this award his old friend Jim Pattison sums it up well, “Mel has always been a community person. He’s a leader—setting an example for all of us to support the things that make a good community”.

Always the optimist, Cooper adds, “I like to see the bright side of life and feel good about what I do.” 



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