People get awards for feats of strength, speed, and prowess in pretty much anything worthy of celebrating.
There’s Oscars, Genies, Pulitzers, Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, Junos, Peabodys, and all kinds of cups and bowls.
And that’s all great.
Twenty fine local residents this week received recognition not for what they’re able to do, but what they have done for others.
Each year the Now-Leader celebrates those who’ve made their mark in helping others, through the aptly named Community Leader Awards.
This year’s ceremony – the 17th to date – was held on Tuesday evening at the Eaglequest Golf Course clubhouse.
Top honours, and honourable mentions, were received in the following categories: Emergency Services Leader Award, Service Organization Volunteer Award, Environmental Leader Award, Teacher of the Year Award, Coach of the Year, Community Builder Award, Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, Above and Beyond Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, and Leader of the Year Award.
It was like being in a room of good.
Rubbing elbows with so many people who are so eager to put others before themselves, and do it so well, was inspiring to say the least.
It was a reminder that every one of us can aspire to make other people’s lives better, in ways large and small.
It just takes effort.
As Bob Gardner, recipient of the Environmental Leader Award, said so well, “If we all did a little bit, we’d have a better place to live.”