Alan Fielding (’63) receives Governor General’s Award
Posted on July 30, 2014 by Christopher Thrall
Alan was recognized for his lifetime of support with a Governor General’s Caring Canadian award.
For nearly 50 years, Alan Fielding (’63, UAlberta BA ’65 LLB ’69) has given his time to support local and international organizations such as the Battle River Credit Union, the Battle River Community Foundation, Camrose Kidney Foundation and the Red Cross, the Camrose Daybreak Rotary Club and the Sahakarini Association, a charity that raises funds and oversees projects in developing countries.
This year, Alan was recognized for his time and efforts with a Governor general’s Caring Canadian award in a ceremony hosted at Government House by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Col. (Ret’d) the Hon. Donald S. Ethell, on behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.
“This award is a wonderful way to celebrate the essential work performed every day across our province and nation by dedicated people who make our home a better place to be,” said Col. Ethell. “These citizens are great role models for us all of what it means to be a Caring Canadian.”
Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes those who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. These individuals share their time and effort to help their fellow citizens and they exemplify the compassion and engagement that are a part of our Canadian character. For more information visit www.gg.ca/caring
Interviewed by the Camrose Booster after the ceremony, Alan said he was both honoured and humbled to be selected for the award.
“It is really an awful lot of people in the community that have made this possible because I am only a small part of course of all these volunteer organizations,” says Alan. “I am happy to be recognized and I am happy to be able to publicize in a small way the importance of community organizations, volunteer organizations, because I really feel they are an important part of the glue that makes our society function. I am aware of many parts of the world where the voluntary sector is either weak or nonexistent and those are communities you don’t want to be living in because it is every person for himself.”
Congratulations, Alan. Thank you for helping to make our community better by your efforts.
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