Strathcona County Ward 5 councillor Paul Smith was given a prestigious award.
Smith was given the Builders of the Yellowhead Award at the 72nd annual conference of the TransCanada Yellowhead Highway Association (TCYHA) in Edmonton on Apr.26.
“It was a complete surprise,” said Smith. “Yeah, it was something I wasn’t expecting. I was just doing my job trying to be a good leader in the organization, being a good councillor for Strathcona and for the region to make sure we have a great asset getting greater.”
He began his role on the TCYHA board of directors in 2014.
“I saw it as my duty to try and bring forward to the doubters, shall we say, that it has great relevance, that Highway 16 as a TransCanada Highway has huge potential and huge benefits to everyone along the way especially in large communities,” said Smith.
Just in the last two years the association has tried to get faster commercial trucking through areas such as Banff.
The TransCanada Yellowhead started roughly 74 years ago.
“It was a goat trail when everything started and now look at it, it’s probably a premier highway in North America,” added Smith.
The Builders of the Yellowhead Award is given out to recognize long-standing commitment and service to the association. Smith received it for his contributions as vice-president, director, committee chairperson and other work.