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Angie O’Connor retires as town’s FCSS director

Angie O’Connor with Town of Fort Macleod employees and council members. From left: Lou Trotter, Keli Sandford, Coun. Kristi Edwards, Angie O’Connor, Maryann Hannah, Gerri-Jo Atwood, Liisa Gillingham and Meranda Day Chief. Kneeling are Mayor Brent Feyter and Coun. Werner Dressler.

Fort Macleod said farewell Friday to a long-time community champion.

Friends dropped into council chambers at the G.R. Davis Administration Building on Angie O’Connor’s final day of work as director of Family and Community Support Services.

O’Connor retired after 14 years as the head of FCSS.

A registered nurse, O’Connor worked 19 years for Alberta Health Services and was employed in community care when the FCSS position became available in 2007.

The job was of interest O’Connor, who was looking for a change, so she sought out town councillor and FCSS board member Mike Bourassa for information.

“These types of jobs in a small community only come up once in a while,” O’Connor said. “When I heard about it I was intrigued so I learned a little more about it.”

O’Connor had children in Fort Macleod schools and she was well-connected, having been raised in Fort Macleod and district and working for AHS.

“I think it was a really good fit,” O’Connor said.

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Angie O’Connor reviews a community card signed by people wishing her well in retirement.

O’Connor started on Dec. 17, 2007, retiring on the same calendar day 14 years later.

“I’ve had a great experience,” O’Connor said Friday. “I believe in service, and I’ve had the opportunity to be part of some really fun things.”

Working on projects such as refurbishment of local playgrounds, the summer program for children and setting up a housing program are highlights.

So too is the chance to help people access resources to improve their lives.

O’Connor said it was gratifying to go to events outside Fort Macleod, where she heard people say how impressed they are by what happens in the community.

“It is through the variety and varied efforts of so many people,” O’Connor would tell the out-of-town admirers. “We have so many passionate people who are talented and willing to donate their time and effort to improve the community as a whole.”

O’Connor is proud of the role FCSS has played as a connector of people, bringing them together on projects.

“It’s been an honour to work for the community.”

The Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce recognized O’Connor’s contributions to the community, this year presenting her the Community Enhancement Award.

O’Connor said she is leaving at a good time.

“I’m really happy about the team we’ve got there now,” O’Connor said. “I feel comfortable moving on in my journey.”

While she is leaving the job O’Connor is staying in Fort Macleod and plans to be involved.

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