Master of ceremonies Rodger Blake joked that the purpose of a celebration held last Friday was for a series of words seldom put together — appreciation of town council.
Town staff, politicians and community members gathered at Ecole Boreale for an evening of appreciation for all that town employees do.
The ceremony was attended by Municipal and Community Affairs Minister Robert C. McLeod, Hay River North MLA Robert Bouchard and Hay River South MLA Jane Groenewegen.
McLeod brought positive words to the podium.
“I’ve been a councillor, I’ve been a mayor, so I understand the importance of municipal government and the work that they do,” he said. “I really appreciate the work the folks do at the communities.”
Agreeing with a comment from Groenewegen, the minister said Hay River is seen as a model community.
McLeod also said the idea of an appreciation night is one he would take back to his hometown of Inuvik.
“This is the first time I’ve ever been to something like this,” he said. “I’m going to propose it to Mayor (Denny) Rodgers back in Inuvik.”
Blake thanked council for the countless hours they put in to make the town a better place.
“The commitment that council puts in should be recognized,” he said, adding people also need to recognize administration and those who aren’t always seen as the face of the town.
“I think we need to give recognition first and foremost to those people who sit behind the scenes,” he said. “Behind every good council there are an awesome number of individuals.”
The appreciation night is one of many that have been organized by Terry Rideout and the Hay River Ministerial Association to thank various segments of the community.