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Harvey Bourassa is Citizen of the Year

Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce president Srecko Ponjavic presents the Citizen of the Year award to Harvey Bourassa.

Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce president Srecko Ponjavic and Shana Bailey and Amanda Van Hierden of YPM present the Community Enhancement Award to Mayor Shawn Patience.

Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce president Srecko Ponjavic presents the Outstanding Business Award to William Arnoldussen and Marie Vanee of Scougall Motors.

Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce president Srecko Ponjavic presents the Customer Service Award to Nels Hansen and Erik Hansen of Hansen's Family Foods.

A long-time community volunteer, businessman and sportsman was honoured Wednesday as Fort Macleod’s 2011 Citizen of the Year.
Harvey Bourassa received the award during the Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce awards banquet at Luigi’s Pizza and Steak House.
“Harvey’s life has been dedicated to his family and our community,” Chamber president Srecko Ponjavic said. “Harvey has been a quiet but active promoter of Fort Macleod his entire life.”
About 60 people turned out for the Chamber awards, which returned Wednesday after a four-year absence.
Scougall Motors is the Outstanding Business, Hansen’s Family Foods won the Customer Service Award and Mayor Shawn Patience received the Community Enhancement Award.
“We feel it is important
to recognize individuals and businesses who have contributed and continue
to contribute to our community of Fort Macleod,” Ponjavic said.
Bourassa, who had many family members in the audience, was active in the farming and cattle business on his farm south of Fort Macleod, and spent 45 years at Fort Macleod Auction.
“We received a number
of recommendations,” Pon-javic said of the Citizen of the Year Award. “It was most difficult to decide. All candidates are most deserving.”
Bourassa is a life member of the Fort Macleod Curling Club and the Southern Alberta Curling Association. He also chaired the Livestock Curling Association of Canada and only recently retired as drawmaster at the local club.
Bourassa has been active in the Welcome Mat for three years and is now treasurer of the seniors’ group.
Bourassa is active in his church, chairing the Holy Cross Parish Council and serving as treasurer of the Knights of Columbus. In recent years he has organized sold-out fund-raising concerts featuring fiddler Scott Woods to fund improvements at the hall.
Bourassa belongs to the Elks Club, Fort Macleod Golf Club and was a long-time 4-H leader and judge.
“Harvey, you are a true Ambassador for Fort Macleod,” Ponjavic said. “Thank you for everything you have done over the many, many years for our community.”
Ponjavic noted Scougall Motors has long been part of the Fort Macleod business community and continues to be a leader under Hank Arnoldussen.
“Hank and Scougall’s have reaffirmed their faith in our community by embarking on a multi million dollar expansion with their new dealership currently being built on the southeast side of town,” Ponjavic said. “We need more business people and investors like Hank for the economic development and growth of our community.
Hansen’s Family Foods was recognized for its ongoing support of community events through donations of product.
“They are one of the backbones in our community,” Ponjavic said.
Ponjavic also touched on the service provided by staff members at Hansen’s Family Foods.
“Eric and Nels are a reflection of their staff and their staff are a reflection of Eric and Nels.”
Mayor Shawn Patience received the Community Enhancement Award for his dogged determination to get the $122-million Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre built in Fort Macleod, after the project in 2008 went on the back burner
“If it had not been for Mayor Shawn over these past three years, quietly and not so quietly, pressuring, like a dog to a bone, the provincial government, quite honestly, we would not have the training centre here,” Ponjavic said.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Henry Wiegman Says:

    Congratulations Mr. Bourassa (Harvey),

    A well deserved recognition – I fondly remember the encouragement Mr. Bourassa shared with me as a young teenager participating in the 4-H program plus working at the Auction Mart. While involved with Alberta 4-H, insight given by Mr Bourassa was much appreciated.

    Sincerely,

    Henry J. Wiegman

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