And the winners are……!

Citizen of the Year

Winning the 2016 Citizen of the Year award this year was TinaMarie Ritter (left), whose nominator cited her outstanding efforts over the past year (and before) on behalf of the Girl Guides. The list of other present and past volunteer roles she’s taken on is long and impressive. ‘She is an outstanding citizen!’ says her nominator. The award was presented by Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre Executive Director Jamie Linington at the volunteer awards banquet at the Friendship Centre on April 22. Co-sponsoring the event and the two major awards were the Friendship Centre, the Town of Slave Lake and the Lakeside Leader.

Lifetime Volunteer Award

Long-time Slave Lake businessman and community builder Gordon Ferguson (left) was honoured with the latest Lifetime Volunteer Award at the Friendship Centre’s volunteer awards banquet on April 23. An emotional Ferguson – who evidently was not expecting any award – talked about coming here 40 years ago “for two years,” and falling in love with the place. His nominator mentioned all the musical volunteering he does these days, as well as years of serving on boards, councils and in particular spending time brightening the lives of seniors in the community. Presenting the award is Lakeside Leader editor Joe McWilliams.

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