Monday, September 21, 2015

Colleen and Fran Cyr recognized for volunteer service

Colleen and Francis Cyr at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

During the Harvest Festival at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) Fran Cyr and his wife Colleen Casey-Cyr were presented with certificates of recognition and a commemorative centennial coin for their 10 years of dedicated volunteer service at KBPV as members of the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society (PCDHS).  Colleen is the long-standing PCDHS president. "They make a great team," said Mayor Don Anderberg, explaining Colleen comes up with ideas, and then Francis has the know how to execute them.  Representatives from the Town of Pincher Creek and the MD of Pincher Creek were there to mark the occasion.  In addition there were letters and certificates from MLA David Swann and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

Fran and Colleen setting up for their own award show, unaware they were to be the recipients.
Colleen and Fran were dressed  as scarecrows to entertain children attending the harvest festival.

Reeve Brian Hammond itemized a number of things the Cyr's have done volunteering in the area, showing they do more than work with KBPV even though that is what they spend the majority of their volunteer time on.  "This museum has grown into a real gem, the last few years particularly."

Fran and Colleen Cyr, Mayor Anderberg, Reeve Hammond

MLA David Swann sent recognition from the Legislative Assembly of Alberta which said in part, "It is my pleasure and honour to applaud your dedication and thank you for your energetic service  to your community."

One letter was from the Premier of Alberta Rachel Notley to the couple.  "Congratulations and best wishes as you celebrate ten years of  dedication and volunteerism at the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society, and to the Pincher Creek community."

Reeve Brian Hammond and Mayor Don Anderberg congratulate the Cyrs.
Fran and Colleen with their award and accolades
The couple were both very appreciative of the recognition.   Both were quick to acknowledge others that have helped.  Fran said "We have had lots, and lots of other volunteers who have helped along the way, and come forward when they were needed. That's the big thing that makes it work.  This does not happen with only two people."

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