September 17, 2013

Local superheroes recognized by Governor General

volunteercentreIf you helped out after the flood, take a bow.

Governor General David Johnston has given our community's everyday superheroes a special honour. On September 17, he awarded the Governor General's Commendation for Outstanding Service to the entire city in recognition of citizens' generous and compassionate response to the June flood.

"This commendation is rarely given; rarer still to an entire city," said Johnston at a special ceremony at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

Johnston said that after the June flood, Calgary became an inspiration to the rest of the nation. "After the flood waters had receded, there was a renewed faith in the city, a willingness to roll up wet sleeves and plow forward to rebuild a better and stronger Calgary," he said.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who accepted the commendation on behalf of Calgarians, reminded the audience that hundreds of people are still out of their homes.

"Our work is not yet done," he said.

United Way is asking Calgarians not to put away their superhero masks and capes just yet. As Calgary recovers from the flood, your city needs your superpowers more than ever.

(Photo by City of Calgary.)