Red Deer is home to some extraordinary people, some of whom were called up on stage tonight at the Mayor’s Recognition Awards to stand in the spotlight and be thanked for their significant contributions to our community.
“It’s my honour to acknowledge the citizens who contribute their skills, knowledge and talents to strive for excellence, demonstrate leadership, and build our community; the Mayor’s Recognition Awards are an opportunity each year to do just that. On behalf of City Council and all Red Deerians, it is a privilege to acknowledge those who have made, and continue to make, Red Deer proud,” said Mayor Tara Veer.
This year the Mayor’s Special Award – the highest recognition given by The City of Red Deer, was presented to The Volunteers of the Red Deer Public Library Adult Literacy Program. For 30 years, this program has been helping adult learners from all walks of life develop and enhance their literacy skills. Whatever the needs of the individual, the program matches learners with dedicated volunteers to help them meet their goals. As a result, learners are often able to find better employment, engage more with their own children’s learning, become more confident, and become more engaged citizens of our community. The program currently has 208 volunteers who not only assist with learning; they also become role models, friends and build a stronger sense of community with their fellow Red Deerians. In 2018, the Adult Literacy Program was awarded the Council of the Federation Literacy Award in recognition of its outstanding achievement in literacy.
The Mayor’s Recognition Awards are presented annually to show appreciation for those who bring honour and recognition to the city of Red Deer.
Citizens are recognized in the following award categories:
- Fine & Performing Arts
- Distinguished Voluntary Service
- Community Builder
- Mayor’s Special Award
For more information on the awards and nomination process, visit www.reddeer.ca/MRA.
For more information, please contact:
Deputy City Clerk
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer