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Harvey Bourassa nominated for a Seniors Service Award

Harvey Bourassa

Harvey Bourassa

A Fort Macleod resident is one of 89 individuals and organizations nominated for the Minister’s Seniors Service Awards in Alberta.
Harvey Bourassa, 83, who was Fort Macleod’s Citizen of the Year in 2011, was nominated for the work he does on behalf of seniors and the community.
“These annual awards celebrate the dedication and commitment of Albertans who volunteer their time and energy in support of seniors,” Health Minister Fred Horne said. “Their efforts have a great impact on our communities and our province — and they make a difference in the lives of seniors.”
Nominees are evaluated based on:

  • Their impact on seniors and the community.
  • The need for the service they provide.
  • The measure of diversity, quality, and originality in their service.

Bourassa was nominated for his role as the lead organizer of fund-raisers on behalf of Holy Cross Church and other organizations.
Bourassa for the past five years has brought Canadian fiddle champion Scott Woods to Fort Macleod.
Money raised from the show has been used to buy 120 chairs for Holy Cross Hall, put a new roof on the church manse, put mesh wire on the church’s stained glass windows, replaced the door on the hall kitchen and put in new lights and fans.
Bourassa has also directed proceeds to help put new doors on the Catholic church at Cardston.
The money raised this year will top off funding needed to paint Holy Cross Hall, and will also go to the Fort Macleod Handibus Society.
Bourassa’s nomination also noted that he is treasurer of the Fort Macleod Welcome Mat seniors’ centre.
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 until 2011 was drawmaster at the local club.
Bourassa is active in his church, chairing the Holy Cross Parish Council and serving as treasurer of the Knights of Columbus.
Bourassa belongs to the Elks Club, Fort Macleod Golf Club and was a long-time 4-H leader and judge.
“All of the nominees are to be congratulated on their contributions,” added George VanderBurg, associate minister of seniors. “These individuals and organizations provide valuable services which support our seniors and help improve their quality of life.”
Award recipients will be honoured at a special celebration on June 5, during Seniors’ Week.

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