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Fort McMurray Resident Receives National Recognition For Volunteer Work

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Fort McMurray Resident Receives National Recognition For Volunteer Work

Senate Canada 150 medal // Photo courtesy of Senate Canada

A Fort McMurray man is receiving national recognition for his contributions to our community.

Marty Giles, owner of Northstar Ford, was presented with the Senate 150 medal at a ceremony in Calgary Thursday for his work in helping the community recover from the Horse River Wildfire.

“I’ve never really won anything like this before so pretty honoured and excited,” said Giles.

These medals, awarded by Senator Doug Black, are given to Canadians who are deeply involved in their communities and whose generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work make their hometowns a better place to live.

“I am honoured to recognize the passion and commitment of Marty Giles, whose dedication to the community of Fort McMurray made such a meaningful contribution to the community in their time of crisis,” said Senator Black in a release.

Giles was one of seven residents who sat on the now dissolved Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee, he also used his business to help raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross and send supplies to evacuation centres.

He tells Mix News he felt like he owed it to the community to help in any way he could.

“Wood Buffalo as a region has given me and my family every great experience I’ve had almost as an adult. There’s no way we’ll ever give back to the community as much as it’s given to us.”

Giles adds the work he’s done to help will still mean more than the actual award.

“You don’t do it for that. When people need help you jump in and do it, but to actually be recognized is neat and i’m looking forward to hearing some of the other stories.”

In all, 12 Albertans were presented with a Senate 150 medal, which marks the 150th anniversary of the Senate’s first sitting on November 6, 1867.

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