The 2018 Pride of Strathcona Awards sought to recognize exceptional members of the community and celebrate their work.
 
A total of nine awards were presented at Monday's (Jun.11) ceremony, which was held at Festival Place.
 
"It's a time to recognize citizens of the county who've done amazing things over the year; so, amazing volunteers, groups, artists," said Ginette Boulianne, communications specialist with Strathcona County.
 
The night's Mayor's Award went to Daniel O'Neill, a local author, coach and community volunteer.
 
Another notable award recipient was Keltie Monaghan for Arts, Culture and Heritage. Monaghan has previously been nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards.
 
"People in this community do wonderful things all the time, but we don't always see it, we don't always say 'thank you,' we don't always recognize it," added Boulianne. "We get to say thank you, we get to show others all the great work that they've been doing and share that."
 
The ceremony featured addresses by Strathcona County mayor Rod Frank and MLA Estefania Cortes-Vargas. Performances by Robert Clark, The Melisizwe Brothers, and Keltie Monaghan were also featured.
 
The Pride of Strathcona Awards have been around since 1985.
 
Recipients are as follows:
 
Mayor's Award:
Daniel O'Neill
 
Arts, Culture and Heritage:
Keltie Monaghan
 
Community Service:
Mark and Janet Hamley
Christie Peregrym
 
Economic Diversification:
Buddy Winder
 
Heroism and Leadership:
World's Longest Hockey Game Volunteers
 
Outstanding Group:
Community Action on Residential Traffic Safety (CARTS)
Sherwood Park Elks
 
Youth:
Simranjit Grewal
 
 

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