Red Deer resident Sherri Smith, third from right, posed earlier this year at the 2019 Women of Excellence Awards. Photo contributed

Red Deer woman will be honoured for Daughter’s Day

A Red Deer woman is being recognized as one of the 2019 Daughters of the Year in Alberta.

Six women, including Sherri Smith, will be recognized with awards for their achievements in building a stronger community by Canadians For a Civil Society in Edmonton on Saturday.

Smith is being recognized for her 30 years of volunteer work with the United Way of Central Alberta and Soroptimist International of Central Alberta.

Smith, 57, moved to Red Deer from St. Albert in 1998.

Her work supervisor at an accounting firm got her involved in the community as a way of meeting people.

“She just kind of threw me into it and off I went,” she recalls with a chuckle.

Smith believes it’s the best thing her former boss did for her.

“Since then, all the people I know and everything I know about the community is because of the way it got started,” she said.

“Since then, I’ve always volunteered for the United Way and continued to other organizations with the theme to help women and girls, and eventually joined Soroptimist.”

Smith runs the the Purple Light Nights Facebook page and was instrumental in bringing the campaign to the province. The annual event is an international movement that raises awareness about domestic violence.

Smith has also served on the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter board.

She has two daughters, and apart from meeting new people and serving her community, Smith thinks about creating a better world for them. Collectively, all of this helps her to keep giving.

It’s been a year of achievements for the women’s community advocate.

Her mom, who lives in Edmonton, was proud of her daughter when Smith was the recipient of the 2019 Women of Excellence Award for Community Building administered by the Red Deer and District Community Foundation. She then went on to nominate Smith for the Daughters Day celebration.

This is the eighth year Daughters Day is being celebrated. About 51 women have been honoured as Daughters of the Year in the past.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

New highway to B.C. proposed

The Howse Pass shortcut to British Columbia is worth taking another look… Continue reading

Red Deer RCMP execute search warrant

Heavy police presence on Nash Street

Health care coalition calls on government for pharmacare funding in next budget

OTTAWA — A coalition of 150 health care organizations and non-profits is… Continue reading

Telus and affiliates tell customers they’ve already met Liberal rate-cut pledge

OTTAWA — One of Canada’s major mobile service providers appears to have… Continue reading

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Feb. 6 A Perogie Supper is being held Thursday, Feb. 6 from… Continue reading

Reader’s opinion: Here’s how Premier Kenney can build a stronger Alberta

Apparently, the UPC government has decided that most seniors should pay more… Continue reading

Canadian snowboarder Blouin wins World Cup gold in women’s slopestyle

CALGARY — Laurie Blouin couldn’t wipe the smile off her face after… Continue reading

Alberta skip Laura Walker’s change of heart gets her to first Hearts

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Laura Walker wasn’t going to curl with a… Continue reading

Catherine Reitman says there’s a ‘real hunger’ for shows like ‘Workin’ Moms’

TORONTO — Some six years ago, when Catherine Reitman was creating her… Continue reading

Museum’s Rembrandt knockoff turns out to be the real thing

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Thanks to modern technology and some expert detective work,… Continue reading

Woman loses 50 pairs of shoes after boyfriend accidentally donates them to thrift store

Cassandra Converse can’t wait to go shoe shopping. Last month, Converse’s boyfriend… Continue reading

RDC Queens fall in double OT to MacEwan University Griffins

Griffins 4 Queens 3 (2OT) The RDC Queens managed to salvage a… Continue reading

Most Read