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Cathie Harris is Fort Macleod’s 2017 Citizen of the Year

Marco Van Huigenbos and Chamber president Becky Housenga presented the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award to Cathie Harris.

Marco Van Huigenbos and Chamber president Becky Housenga presented the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award to Cathie Harris.

Cathie Harris is Citizen of the Year in Fort Macleod.
Harris received the award Thursday during the Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce annual awards gala at Holy Cross Hall.
“What I feel like I’ve done is followed along behind a lot of the great leaders who have got things going,” Harris said. “I jumped on board and came along for the ride.”
Bloem Floral Designs received the Outstanding Business Award.
Other winners were Valley Custom Meats, Forma Steel/Structural Truss, Next Home and Garden (formerly Tru Hardware), Mackenzie Smith, MoBoots Ag Mechanics, Crazy Stitch and Homestead Bakeshop.
Award presenter Marco Van Huigenbos said the 2017 Citizen of the Year has served Fort Macleod for years behind the scenes and without recognition.
Harris has volunteered for more than two decades at Fort Macleod’s schools on parent and fund-raising committees.

Chamber of Commerce president Becky Housenga presented the Agricultural Business Award to Mo and Jaime Boot of MoBoots Ag Mechanics.

Chamber of Commerce president Becky Housenga presented the Agricultural Business Award to Mo and Jaime Boot of MoBoots Ag Mechanics.

Chamber treasurer Brian Nelson and president Becky Housenga presented the Community Enhancement Award to James Coast of Forma Steel/Structural Truss.

Chamber treasurer Brian Nelson and president Becky Housenga presented the Community Enhancement Award to James Coast of Forma Steel/Structural Truss.

Chamber president Becky Housenga presented the Customer Service Award to Josh Beusekom of Next Home and Garden (formerly Tru Hardware).

Chamber president Becky Housenga presented the Customer Service Award to Josh Beusekom of Next Home and Garden (formerly Tru Hardware).

Tammy Paiha and Ashley Luther of award sponsor Chinook Financial presented the Employee Service Award to Mackenzie Smith.

Tammy Paiha and Ashley Luther of award sponsor Chinook Financial presented the Employee Service Award to Mackenzie Smith.

Derek O'Connor of award sponsor Westco Construction and Chamber president Becky Housenga presented the Home Business Award to Jo Lyke of Crazy Stitch.

Derek O’Connor of award sponsor Westco Construction and Chamber president Becky Housenga presented the Home Business Award to Jo Lyke of Crazy Stitch.

Ricky Sharma and Chad Novak of award sponsor Davis Dodge presented the New Business Award to Kimberly Vanden Broek and Julena Schipper of Homestead Bakeshop.

Ricky Sharma and Chad Novak of award sponsor Davis Dodge presented the New Business Award to Kimberly Vanden Broek and Julena Schipper of Homestead Bakeshop.

Chamber president Becky Housenga presented the Outstanding Business Award to Merel Crosse of Bloem Floral Designs.

Chamber president Becky Housenga presented the Outstanding Business Award to Merel Crosse of Bloem Floral Designs.

Mike Bourassa of award sponsor M&A Catering presented the Small Business Award to Hetty and Brent DeJong of Valley Custom Meats.

Mike Bourassa of award sponsor M&A Catering presented the Small Business Award to Hetty and Brent DeJong of Valley Custom Meats.

At present, Harris is president of the school council and secretary of the fund-raising committee at F.P. Walshe school.
Harris is also a founding member of the Fort Macleod Community Initiatives Association and volunteers at her church, including as a seminary teacher.
Harris is also involved in the arts in Fort Macleod, performing as a violinist at many community events, and raising her children to love music and acting.
“She has taken her community spirit and multiplied it in the lives of her children and they also use their talent to give back to the community,” Van Huigenbos read from the nomination.
Van Huigenbos said Harris has always been generous to Fort Macleod and is an asset to every committee on which she serves.
“I believe Cathie is a perfect example of someone who shows generosity through volunteer service and is deserving of the Citizen of the Year Award.”
Harris said when she moved to Fort Macleod 29 years ago with husband Ken she wasn’t sure about living in a small town, having grown up in a big city.
“It’s been amazing,” Harris said. “It’s been wonderful. It’s been a great place to raise our kids.”
Harris has enjoyed the feeling of community and the support her family has received in Fort Macleod.
“I’m glad to have been able to do the little bit that I do,” Harris said.
Other Citizen of the Year nominees were Kathie DeGinnus, Gerrylee Brobbel, Linda Henning, Keith Trowbridge, Emily McTighe and Frank McTighe.
Town of Fort Macleod chief administrative officer Sue Keenan applauded the work of the Chamber of Commerce, whose roots date to 1888 when the Macleod Board of Trade was formed.
“As someone who both lives and works in our great community I am keenly aware of the Chamber’s role as a community builder across all sectors,” Keenan said. “The Chamber represents the voice of businesses and organizations throughout our community.”
“For decades the Chamber has been helping to move the Town of Fort Macleod forward, supporting the businesses that have made our community vibrant,” Keenan added. “The Chamber and the business community is playing a key role in driving growth and encouraging new businesses to come here.”
Keenan said as a member-based organization the Chamber’s role in Fort Macleod is significant, and its responsibilities are substantial.
“Their commitment to pursuing excellence in our community will ensure that focus on demonstrating leadership in the ongoing viability and sustainability of this community,” Keenan said.
Keenan encouraged the 90 people gathered at Holy Cross Hall to work together to drive Fort Macleod forward.
“Finally, congratulations to all of this year’s award nominees and award recipients,” Keenan said. “Your dedication and contributions to our community are greatly appreciated.”
“As individuals we contribute because we are passionate. As organizations we contribute because we share a vision and like-minded goals and believe in the value of service to our community.”
“Together, each of you has made the Town of Fort Macleod a better community. Never diminish that contribution. All residents are indebted to each of you tonight for the work that you do.”
The other award winners were as follows:
• Small Business Award — Valley Custom Meats.
Also nominated was Bloem Floral Designs, Cafe Orange, Don’s Barber Shop, MD Plumbing and Heating and V2 Fashion.
• Community Enhancement Award — Forma Steel/Structural Truss.
The other nominees were Citizens On Patrol, Angie O’Connor, Homestead Bakeshop, Omni Green Landscaping and Lacey Poytress.
• Customer Service Award — Next Home and Garden (formerly Tru Hardware).
Other nominees included Bloem Floral Design, Cafe Orange, CIBC, Fort Macleod Agencies and Homestead Bakeshop.
• Employee Service Award — Mackenzie Smith of Forma Steel/Structural Truss.
Meredith Aleman, Cindy Gray’s Dance, Laura Glover, Homestead Bakeshop and Next Home and Garden (formerly Tru Hardware) were also nominated.
• Agricultural Business Award — MoBoots Ag Mechanics.
• Home-Based Business Award — Crazy Stitch.
Also nominated was Caitlyn Leader Dayhome.
• New Business Award — Homestead Bakeshop.
The other nominee was Cafe Orange.

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