The event on December 20th was advertised as “Christmas Cheer at City Hall. 4:00 – 7:00 pm”. Mayor Bill Elliot, City of Wetaskiwin Aldermen and MP Blaine Calkins were busy greeting guests in the foyer of City Hall. But soon everyone was ushered into the Council Chambers where MP Calkins took over the Mayor’s platform and began an unadvertised ceremony. One-by-one he announced the names and presented medals to four recipients; Mr. Don Montgomery, Mrs. Jean Scott, Mr. John Arthur Trace and Mr. Blain Fuller.
MP Calkins noted the certificate accompanying the Medals read: (NAME) By Command of Her Majesty the Queen, the Diamond Jubilee Medal is presented to you in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne and in recognition of your contributions to Canada. Signed by the Governor General of Canada, David Lloyd Johnston.
“John Arthur Trace (retired RCMP SSgt.) is recognized for his conspicuous record of dedicated and effective voluntary service to the citizens of his community and his province of Alberta. He is an exceptional citizen whose 60 year history of volunteerism and his devotion to the welfare of his community. His inspirational leadership makes him worthy of this prestigious honor.”
“Jean Scott has devoted her life to keeping the past alive and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Millet and District Museum where she researches and edits projects that are on-going at the Museum including Tales ‘n Trails of Millet. She is the author of From A Sign Post In A Slough, has won an award for her efforts from the Alberta Museum Association and was named Citizen of the Year by the Millet.”
Don Montgomery was recognized for, “years of community services, not only 12 years as the Mayor of Wetaskiwin but has volunteered as the Chair of the North-Am Snowmobile Races, President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Kiwanis Club, Founding Chair of the Downtown BRZ, Member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame, Member of JEDI and not to mention he is a business owner in Wetaskiwin.”
“Blain Fuller has provided years of voluntary service in the community and beyond in the field of sports. Since 1989 Blain has been the program convener for Special Olympics floor hockey and in 2003 was the co-chair for the Provincial Winter Games held in Wetaskiwin.”