A lifetime of giving commended

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Giving back to the community has never been a chore for long-time Prince Albert resident Marie Lea Mathers-Ross — “It was done with love.”

Prince Albert community steward Marie Lea Mathers-Ross is seen being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal on behalf of the city from Mayor Jim Scarrow at council chambers prior to Monday’s council meeting. 

Giving back to the community has never been a chore for long-time Prince Albert resident Marie Lea Mathers-Ross — “It was done with love.”

This was the community steward’s response to being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, on behalf of Prince Albert city council on Monday.   

During a ceremony prior to Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Jim Scarrow listed the many qualifiers that led to Mathers-Ross’s selection for the award.

She was instrumental in the Scouting movement with the Girl Guides and Boy Scouts of Canada, has been an active member of both St. Joseph and St. Mark’s Parish, is an executive member of the Royal Canadian Legion, has been involved with the Prince Albert Multicultural Council and the Welcome Wagon, only to scratch the surface.

“Marie has worked tirelessly for our city and all of our citizens,” Scarrow summarized to Mathers-Ross’s many well-wishers, who packed council chambers to capacity.

“She continues to find time to visit those in the hospital and in nursing homes and to bring soup and baking to her many friends. Most of all, she finds time to enjoy her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

The one question in everyone’s mind, Scarrow said — “Where do you get all your energy to do all this — you haven’t stopped.”

The answer, Mathers-Ross said, is a prayer she recites every morning upon waking up — “Thank you for letting me be alive so I can do something else today.”

Marking the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s succession to the throne, 4,000 medals were distributed to the municipalities across the country, of which one was designated for the City of Prince Albert. 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Boy Scouts of Canada, Royal Canadian Legion Prince Albert Multicultural Council

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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