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Friends, co-workers bid farewell to long-time administrator

Friends and co-workers gathered at the Stavely Community Centre to celebrate Cynthia Vizzutti’s retirement after 24 years as the chief administrative officer of the MD of Willow Creek. Here, she cuts one of the two cakes prepared for the occasion.

Cynthia Vizzutti oversaw a lot of change in her 24 years as chief administrative officer of the MD of Willow Creek.
Friends and co-workers gathered at the Stavely Community Centre last month for a come and go social to celebrate Vizzutti’s retirement.
Coun. Glen Alm was master of ceremonies for the day.
“With my hat in my hand, I thank you,” Alm said. “You have blessed us with your good work and your ethics and your morals.”
Alm said in those 24 years Vizzutti saw a lot of change and much has happened, and he highlighted some of that.
The MD of Willow Creek. built a new office and shop by the Claresholm Industrial Airport, and there were some questions about whether it was the right decision.
“It was the right thing to do,” Alm said. “Cindy led us through that through her hard work.”
The municipal district also partnered with the Town of Stavely on a joint-facility that houses the grader shed, town shop and fire hall.
Vizzutti pursued a joint fire service agreement bringing all the fire departments in the municipal district together.
“Unified and working together and sharing resources,” Alm said. “That was another huge thing — all those communities working together.”
The MD of Willow Creek has community peace officers working in various communities as well.
“It’s a big part of our municipal work — emergency services and emergency preparedness,” Alm said.
Vizzutti has also shepherded inter-municipal development plans and intermunicipal collaboration frameworks with neighbouring municipalities.
“Cindy was instrumental in leading us through that,” Alm said.
“I don’t think words can express the gratitude the ratepayers have for your hard work,” Alm later added. “Actions count and Cindy’s actions show us.”
Alm invited everyone to have some cake and share some memories, but not before Vizzutti had a few words of her own.
Vizzutti said being chief administrative officer was a privilege unlike anything else.
“It was the best thing ever to happen to me,” Vizzutti said, adding she has made life-long friends.
Council has always acted with the highest of ethics and always in the best interest of ratepayers.
“That’s why it was such a joy,” Vizzutti said.
“From the bottom of my heart I love all of you,” Vizzutti later added. “And I thank you for the opportunity to work for all of you.”
Guests included Foothills MP John Barlow, Livingstone-Macleod MLA Roger Reid, past councillors; a fire chief and representatives from neighbouring municipalities including Claresholm and the MD of Pincher Creek.

Friends and co-workers gathered at the Stavely Community Centre to celebrate Cynthia Vizzutti’s retirement after 24 years as the chief administrative officer of the MD of Willow Creek. Here, she cuts one of the two cakes prepared for the occasion.

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