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F.P. Walshe honours editor with lifetime achievement award

Frank McTighe

F.P. Walshe school student council co-presidents Raj Parmar (left) and Carlin Van Driesten presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank McTighe, editor of The Macleod Gazette.

As someone who makes his living as a writer, it’s rarely a good thing when Frank McTighe is at a loss for words.
But the editor of The Macleod Gazette was speechless Wednesday when he received F.P. Walshe school’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I can’t express how much this means to me,” McTighe told student council co-presidents Carlin Van Driesten and Raj Parmar, who presented the award at Blue and White Night.
The F.P. Walshe Lifetime Achievement Award was launched in 2003.
The award recognizes people who have coached, advised or served on two or more extra-curricular activities, including sports, clubs, councils, committees, organizations or groups.
Recipients have a positive influence on the students, reflect the school’s spirit, and are willing to volunteer their time and effort to the school.
“We are proud to be a part of the evening where all of our hard work and extracurricular involvement is recognized and honoured,” Raj said. “In addition to the students’ achievement, it is our honour as student council members to show our everlasting appreciation for one individual who has been serving our community in extraordinary ways.”
McTighe and his wife Emily have been at the helm of The Macleod Gazette since they bought the business from Jack Murphy in the fall of 2001.
Raj said the award recognizes McTighe’s dedication and passion for coverage of F.P. Walshe events and the influence it has on the school.
“This year’s recipient has spent countless hours glorifying our own efforts in extracurricular activities throughout the years,” Carlin said. “This person has never missed a single sports game, school talent show, awards ceremony and countless other events not only for the school but for the entire town of Fort Macleod.”
“Because of him, our efforts never go unnoticed in the community,” Carlin added. “We thank you for all your hard work and dedication in everything that you do.”
“You bring our community together and because of you, we strive to be better people so we can get on the cover of the Gazette.”
F.P. Walshe school athletic director Craig Patton reflected on feedback he got last year from school staff and administrators around the province when McTighe received the Alberta Schools Athletic Association award for media.
“Our school is really, really the envy of the province,” Patton said. “Some of the work that Frank does on our school’s behalf, that just doesn’t happen in a town our size.”
“It is well worth noting Frank, that you do a wonderful job, and all the people in the province know it.”
Previous recipients of the F.P. Walshe Lifetime Achievement Award were Wes Olmstead, Dave Gregory, Gordon Wolstenholme, Karen Smith, Gloria Whitehead, Pat Schieman, Vern Orr, Ken Perry and Craig Patton.

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