“It’s my honour to acknowledge the citizens who contribute their skills, knowledge and talents to strive for excellence, demonstrate leadership and build our community,” says Mayor Tara Veer. (Advocate file photo).

Mayor’s Recognition Awards honour those who ‘make Red Deer proud’

Mayor’s Recognition Awards honour those who ‘make Red Deer proud’

Volunteers of the Red Deer Public Library’s adult literacy program received the highest honour at the City of Red Deer’s Mayor’s Recognition Awards.

The Mayor’s Special Award was presented to the people who help adults from all walks of life develop and enhance their literacy skills.

The adult literacy program, now running for 30 years, focuses on individuals’ needs and matches learners with dedicated volunteers who can help them meet their goals.

The aim is to help people find better employment, gain confidence and become more engaged citizens. The program operates with about 200 volunteers who also become role models and friends as they build a stronger sense of community with their fellow Red Deerians.

In 2018, the adult literacy program was awarded the Council of the Federation Literacy Award in recognition of its outstanding achievement.

Many other “extraordinary” Red Deerians were recently acknowledged at the Mayor’s Recognition Awards for their significant contributions.

“It’s my honour to acknowledge the citizens who contribute their skills, knowledge and talents to strive for excellence, demonstrate leadership, and build our community,” said Mayor Tara Veer.

“It’s a privilege to acknowledge those who have made, and continue to make, Red Deer proud.”

Winners were recognized in the following categories:

Athletics: Serge Gingras, Jett Grande, Ian Hector, Ken Miller, the Lindsay Thurber Senior Women’s Volleyball Team, Red Deer College Queen’s Golf Team, Red Deer members of the St. Albert Miners Senior B Men’s Lacrosse Team and the U14A Red Deer Rush Ringette Team.

Fine & Performing Arts: Elena Rousseau

Distinguished Voluntary Service: Red Deer Hospice Society Gala Committee 2014-2018, and 19 individual volunteers: Ellen Bouwmeester, Lori Cartwright, Susan Colombo, Christine Couturier, Murray Gee, Debra Hanna, Harvey Jackson, Teresa Kutynec, Marg Marrett-Julian, Jayda Monilaws, Don Orchard, Micheline Paquette, Chelsea Richer, Linda Waschuk, Bob Weinrauch, Ken Whitehead, Phyllis Whitehead, Connie Wiseman and Bev Yuen.

Community Builder: Marjorie Daniels, Bertha Poor, Rosena Winnie, Judy Boyd, Barbara Dohl, Kathy Lacey, Shawna Pearman, Bruce Schollie, and the Alberta Construction Safety Association’s Parkland Regional Safety Committee for the fallen worker tribute, Volunteers of the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Centre crisis line, and the Red Deer Summer Centrefest Society Volunteer Board.

The Mayor’s Recognition Awards are presented annually to show appreciation for those who bring honour and recognition to the city of Red Deer.

Nomination forms and criteria for next year’s awards can be found at wwww.reddeer.ca/MRA.

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