Saanich accountants honoured for good works

Graeme Lee and Charles Burkett, both of Saanich, were presented with community service awards last week by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.

Two chartered accountants have been awarded for their efforts in local non-profits.

Graeme Lee and Charles Burkett, both of Saanich, were presented with community service awards last week by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.

Burkett was recognized for his seven years on the board of the Victoria Foundation, a local organization that funds all types of charities, as well as the Charlton L. Smith Foundation.

Working with groups that aren’t motivated by profit is rewarding, Burkett said.

“I’ve always done things, right back to (when I was in) school,” he said. “I like that you get to meet people and do things you wouldn’t normally get to do.”

Lee has been on the board of the Queen Alexandra Foundation since 2003. He has helped spearhead several of its projects, such as chairing the committee for Jeneece Place. He’s also a long-time volunteer with several other local non-profits.

Lee, who has been a practising accountant in the region for several decades, said he felt a responsibility to thank the community.

“My profession involves helping people – this is a natural progression,” he said.

Both said they were nominated to the boards because of skills they brought from their jobs, such as leadership, financial planning and teamwork.

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