Thompson Rivers University is going to award Clearwater’s Skye Buck a Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumously).
The university announced Thursday that it will make the presentation during its annual awards ceremony on April 11 in the TRU Grand Hall.
The announcement notes that Buck was a teacher in Clearwater before his tragic passing in December of 2012. He graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science and in 2010 from the TRU Bachelor of Education program. Buck then returned to teach in his home town of Clearwater.
Not only an impressive educator and mentor, Skye was an exceptional athlete, the university states. In 2004 he was the UCC Male Athlete of the Year, BCCAA Player of the Year, CCAA College Player of the Year, CCAA All-Canadian, and was part of the bronze medal winning team at Nationals. During his time in a UCC uniform he won gold, silver and bronze medals.
After completing his eligibility with UCC he went on to play professional basketball in London for the Essex Leopards.
After some time spent travelling Buck returned to his home town of Clearwater, the TRU announcement says. In Clearwater, he worked and coached volleyball and basketball for both boys and girls teams – he wanted to make sure every athlete at every level was given a chance.
Buck was a community leader in Clearwater where he ran an after school program for at-risk students and made every student feel accepted. It was his life goal to be as good as he could be in every aspect of his life and he will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched.
His legacy lives on as the community of Clearwater was recently the Grand Prize winner in the Aviva Community Fund – Courtney and Skye Buck Memorial Courtyard at Raft River Elementary.