Throughout the month of February, CBC Vancouver asked the public to nominate good samaritans deserving of recognition for their good deeds. Stories of gems across Metro Vancouver were shared using the hashtag #YoureAGem to @cbcvancouver.

There were submissions for generous family members, friends and do-gooders received via twitter and instagram, highlighting the positive impact that one individual can have on a community.

The top stories from #YoureAGem include;

École Riverdale (Surrey) Grade 6/7 class, nominated by their teacher Candice Loh

  • This special group of students has set "building a strong community in the classroom" as their main objective. They give back to their school and community in various ways, including participation the City of Surrey's Lend-A-Hand program and surprising Riverdale school staff with a pancake breakfast. Ms. Loh has been with the Surrey School District since 2011 and is always looking for new ways to engage her students, like this interactive web page.

Caroline MacGillivray, nominated by Cathy Browne

  • MacGillivray is the founder and executive director of Beauty Night, a program dedicated to transforming the lives of impoverished women across Vancouver. Beauty Night has brought wellness, life development and makeover programs to shelters, drop-in centres, health care facilities and transitional housing four nights a week for the past 15 years.

Christopher Lyons, nominated by Vee (Instagram: @healthyfoodforlife)

  • Lyons works at a residential care facility, dedicating his time and efforts to the elderly in his charge, often times off the clock. Aside from his kindness and extra effort, his co-worker nominates him for "his passion about improving the quality of care for the elderly and advocating for the residents".

Thank you for the heartwarming nominations, and to all the gems for their kindness!