A longtime Whitecourt Town Councillor has been recognized by the province for his years of commitment to the community.
Councillor Bill McAree has received the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA).
The award recognizes local leaders who have demonstrated innovation and distinction in their respective municipalities.
In a statement, Councillor McAree said, “For me, the honour is not in the award; the honour is the people of Whitecourt trusting me over the years to always do what’s best for our community, to be honest, to have integrity and to listen.”
Councillor McAree was first elected to Whitecourt Town Council in 1994 and over the years has been an advocate for developing social programs, enhancing quality of life, prioritizing community safety services, and building a progressive, inclusive community.
“I am so pleased to see Councillor McAree recognized for his dedication and commitment to local government,” said Whitecourt Mayor Maryann Chichak. “His thoughtful, educated and compassionate perspective is valued on Council and throughout the community, and for this, he is more than deserving of the Distinguished Service Award.”
The award will be presented virtually at AUMA’s annual conference in September. Whitecourt Town Council will also recognize and honour Councillor McAree at a future council meeting.