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Fort Macleod mayor receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal


The mayor of Fort Macleod has been honoured for his dedication and service to the community.
Shawn Patience received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, which was struck to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.
“In granting you this honour, I thank you for your dedicated service to your peers, to your community, and to Canada,” Governor General of Canada David Johnston wrote in a proclamation. “The contributions you have made to our nation are most commendable and deserve our praise and admiration.”
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, of which Fort Macleod is a member, sent the medal to the town office.
“It is a well-deserved recognition,” former Fort Macleod economic development officer Gordon MacIvor said.
“Shawn has been absolutely dedicated, 100 per cent to the citizens and community Fort Macleod,” MacIvor said. “He has given 100 per cent — no one could give any more — even to the detriment of his own independent business.”
“He’s lived and breathed the responsibility of overseeing the future of Fort Macleod. I don’t think many of the citizens have appreciated what he has done for the benefit of the town.”
Patience, who was raised in Fort Macleod and with his wife Jean operates a small business, was elected in 2004 to his first term as mayor, taking the helm from the retiring Bill Hart.
Patience was re-elected to the post in 2007 and again in 2010.
“I think his No. 1 strength is the passion he has for this community and for any project he undertakes,” said Sharon Monical, who has served on council with Patience throughout his three terms as mayor. “He puts his all into it.”
Patience served as a town councillor from 1989-’92 and was a member of the committee that developed River Valley Wilderness Park.
Patience has served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, chaired the economic development commission, founded the environment committee and coached Little League baseball.
As mayor, Patience is ex-officio member of all committees, has chaired the finance committee, Fort Macleod Historic Association and Alberta SouthWest Regional Economic Alliance.
Monical praised Patience for the long-term view he takes when making decisions for the community.
“I think he’s a great leader,” Monical added.
Patience holds strong views on issues, Monical said, but he seeks out the opinion of others and takes their comments into consideration when reaching a decision.
Monical is in awe of the time Patience puts into being mayor, while still tending to the needs of his family and his independent business.
“He’s lived and breathed the responsibility of overseeing the future of Fort Macleod,” Monical said.
The new waste water treatment plant, refurbishing of Main Street, bike park, new paving on 18th Street, and the town’s strong financial position are examples of how the town has benefitted under Patience’s leadership.
Monical said Patience has also pushed council to maintain taxes at a reasonable level.
Patience is always willing to explain council’s decision to ratepayers.
“That’s one thing Shawn is, he’s accountable for decisions,” Monical added.
The Queen’s Medal is a fitting reward for the work Patience has done on behalf of Fort Macleod.
“I think it’s very well deserved,” Monical said.

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