Some of Red Deer’s most extraordinary citizens were recognized this evening at the Mayor’s Recognition Awards.
The annual awards program recognizes Red Deer citizens for their significant contributions to our community in the categories of Athletics, Fine and Performing Arts, Distinguished Voluntary Service, and Community Builder.
“Mayor’s Recognition Award recipients are exceptional people who have made lasting impacts through their community involvement,” said Mayor Ken Johnston. “It is my honour, alongside my Council colleagues, to recognize these individuals, and it is my hope that their dedication inspires even greater acts of kindness and service in the future.”
This year’s Mayor’s Special Award - the highest recognition given by The City of Red Deer, in honour of humanitarianism, exceptional achievement, or acts of heroism or bravery - was presented to three individuals:
- Halima Ali: Originally from Somalia, Halima has dedicated her career and life to supporting immigrant and refugee women and their families. As Executive Director of the Central Alberta Immigrant Women's Association, Halima has introduced several new programs aimed at helping integrate immigrants into their new community. Through her unwavering commitment and dedication, she continues to make a positive difference in the lives of those seeking to build a new life in central Alberta.
- Maggie Loney (posthumous): Maggie was a remarkable Indigenous Elder and humanitarian whose accomplishments and contributions left a lasting impact on the community. She dedicated herself to educating others about Indigenous knowledge and fostering understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Sadly, Maggie's passing in December 2022 marked the end of a life dedicated to making a difference and promoting understanding and respect within the community. Her legacy will continue to inspire and influence us all for years to come.
- Irene Tomlinson: Irene's contributions extend far beyond her role as a security officer. With a keen eye and unwavering dedication, Irene diligently monitors properties and keeps a watchful eye on the entire neighborhood. Her actions have directly impacted and saved lives. In times of crisis, she has stepped forward without hesitation. Irene's selfless dedication speaks volumes about her character and the profound impact she has on the community.
In addition to the Mayor’s Special Award recipients, 25 individuals, groups and teams were honoured.