Citizen of the Year

The Rotary Club of Canmore Citizen of the Year Award is presented, from time to time as warranted, to a non‐Rotarian in our community who has demonstrated significant personal “service above self”, with volunteer contributions of major benefit to one or more community and/or international programs, projects, events or initiatives.
The following individuals have performed exceptional work in their respective volunteer sectors:

2018 - 2019     Becky Scott

(Featured above L to R: Club President - Michelle Dagenais, Citizen of the Year recipient - Beckie Scott, Rotary member - Bruce Keith)
As the 2018/19 Rotary Theme has been “Be The Inspiration”, there are those in our community who inspire us and those around them to be their best, and Beckie Scott is embodies that like no other.
Beckie is an Alberta gal who was born in Vegreville and grew up in Vermillion, and has made Canmore her home.
She was a world class cross country skier who, until she retired in 2006, represented Canada at countless World Cup and World Championship races as well as 3 Olympic Winter Games: 1998 in Nagano, 2002 in Salt Lake and 2006 in Turino, Italy. She is in fact the only person in Olympic history to have won the bronze, silver and gold medals in the same event. Beckie was originally awarded the bronze medal in the 5km pursuit race at the 2002 Games, but over the next 2 and ½ years that bronze medal was upgraded to the silver and eventually to the gold medal when the 2 Russian athletes who finished ahead of her in that race were disqualified for having used performance enhancing drugs.
As a competitive athlete, Beckie’s skill, determination, perseverance and success  inspired her teammates and a new generation of young Canadian athletes, like my own daughter Sandra, to train hard and always strive for excellence, in sport and in life.
Following her ski racing career, Beckie took on important volunteer roles in the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee. In those organizations, she became a leading international spokesperson for eradicating performance-enhancing drugs from sport. Through her efforts and persistence, Beckie has helped bring doping in sport out into the light for all to see the unfairness it creates in sport competitions, and the harm it can do to an athlete’s health.
Another important result of her work for those organizations has been to inspire others in sport to speak truth to power whenever fair play takes a back seat to winning at all costs
When it comes to public recognition of Beckie’s inspiring accomplishments, she has been honoured with a variety of awards, having been inducted into:
  • The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
  • The Canadian Ski Hall of Fame
  • The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and
  • The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame
In addition, Beckie has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. She holds honourary Doctorate of Laws degrees from the University of Alberta
and the University of British Columbia.
She has also been an Olympic cross country ski racing broadcaster for Canadian television.
Beckie is also a dedicated Mom, and lives here in Canmore with her two young children Tay-o and Bryn and her husband Justin.
In 2009, Beckie founded a not-for-profit organization named Spirit North to introduce Indigenous youth to cross-country skiing and the fundamental joy of movement. It began with four participating communities, and today Spirit North works in more than 30 Indigenous communities across Alberta (including Morley), British Colombia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and currently reaches about 6,000 youth every year. The program has also been expanded to include running and biking opportunities for Indigenous youth. If you were to go up to the Canmore Nordic Centre on a cold winter day when Beckie and Spirit North are hosting a ski day for a youth group from Morley, you would see huge smiles on the participants’ faces that would warm your heart.
As mentioned earlier, the 2018-19 theme for Rotary clubs around the world has been: “Be the Inspiration” - but they could just as easily have chosen the phrase “Be like Beckie”. Since she was a young girl and to this day, Beckie has inspired others - and it doesn’t sound like she’s about to give that up anytime soon!

2017 - 2018     Donna & Marshall Kennedy


2016 - 2017     Pat Grayling

(Featured below left)

2015 - 2016     Carol Picard

(image credit HIGHLINE MAGAZINE)
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