Coun. Ken Baker recieved a special surprise at Monday’s city council meeting by being honoured with the Canada 150 medal on behald of Gerry Ritz. JESSICA DEMPSEY LLS PHOTO
Coun. Ken Baker was surprised to receive a certificate of Community Achievement and a Canada 150 medal, to recognize his outstanding contribution to the city.
Mayor Gerald Aalbers presented Baker with the award on behalf of Gerry Ritz at council chambers on Monday.
“I’m honoured to receive that award. It’s not anything you think about let alone expect to get something. Somewhere along the line, somebody thought that maybe I was worthy of the award and I really appreciate it,” said Baker, noting he was very humbled to receive the award.
“You live a long time and you spend a little time working in your community, helping out in your community, and people recognize you for that. It’s much appreciated, you don’t look for any awards, but it’s nice to be appreciated too,” he said.
Aalbers said his service in the community was one of the reasons he was given the award.
“Both public service and his involvement in community organizations was an item (Ritz) certainly felt was a significant milestone in the community,” he explained.
Aalbers noted there will another medal he will be presenting on behalf of Ritz, and to keep an eye out for who it will be later this month.