A Fort McMurray man is winning a national award for his volunteer work in the community.
Reno Laseur was one of 31 Albertans who received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at the Edmonton Federal Building on Monday – honouring those who’ve used their time to help others or their community.
He was nominated for the work he’s done at the Heritage Village and Shipyard.
Laseur tells Mix News he initially thought he was being pranked.
“I got an email from the Governor General saying I won this award and of course I thought this must be a hoax or a scam and I looked into it and it was real.”
Laseur, a native of Fort McMurray for the past 12-years, has a history of showing his guests various spots that show the history of the community.
After Heritage Village was severely damaged in the 2013 floods, he thought it was a perfect opportunity to help.
Being an engineer, Laseur says he offered to help with repairs.
“I said I’d really like to go and volunteer to help them reconstruct the site, so I went there and they said you’re an engineer – you can help a lot, and I started doing what I could.”
Back in 2017, Laseur also won the ‘Volunteer Recognition Award’ as part of the Heart of Wood Buffalo awards.
Over his years of working, he notes a simple thanks makes the time spent worth it.
“The people there are so happy, they thank you for everything that you’ve done and they sure do that at Heritage Park, every day they thank me for all the things I do.”
Moving forward, Laseur plans on continuing to volunteer at Heritage Village and Shipyard.
“You got to find something that you really enjoy doing, of course, and I found something – working for this museum, it’s just so enjoyable.”