Shown are, back row, left-right: Councillors Jane Stroud, Allan Vinni, Julia Cardinal,Tyran Ault, Keith McGrath; front row, l-r: Councillors Phil Meagher, Mayor Melissa Blake,former councillor Jim Carbery and nominator Sheldon Germain.
Quite simply, it was an enchanted evening.
The setting for the 2014 Citizen Recognition event was the Fireside Room at MacDonald Island Park, the supper served was quality delicious, there was a great deal of laughter and applause, a former councillor received a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the approaching 20th anniversary of amalgamation and an additional 14 citizens of Wood Buffalo were heralded as champions.
Mayor Melissa Blake and Regional Councillors Allan Vinni, Jane Stroud, Julia Cardinal, Keith McGrath, Phil Meagher, Sheldon Germain and Tyran Ault and invited guests applauded long and loudly when Jim Carbery was asked to step forward to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2014 Citizen Recognition event at MacDonald Island Park.
When, on April 1, 1995, the City of Fort McMurray and Improvement District No. 18 North and Central councils were amalgamated as the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Carbery served as a councillor and Deputy Mayor. And, according to Master of Ceremonies Coun. Keith McGrath, it was Carbery who carried the most weight did most of the heavy lifting during the amalgamation process.
Carbery also served as school trustee for the Fort McMurray Catholic School District and helped to found the Regional Aboriginal Recognition Awards,one example of his advocacy and support of Aboriginal, First Nation and Métis members of the community.
Along with Carbery, 14 other citizens, shown below, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Wood Buffalo Region: