The mayor of Hanna has some new hardware for the trophy case.
As reported about a month ago on 99.5 Drum FM, Chris Warwick is one of three winners of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Award of Excellence for 2017.
"It's very humbling, I'll say that; it's certainly not anything that I was looking for," stated Warwick, who is attending the AUMA's annual convention in Calgary. "I don't do well with things like that; my view is I'm just doing my job, but to get recognized is very, very humbling."
Warwick was recognized for the work he has done on behalf of the people of Hanna in response to government plans to phase out coal fired electricity generation, including the big Sheerness Plant and coal mine south of Hanna.
"There had to be a resolution of (Hanna town) council to put my name forward and when it came to council, I skipped right by it, and then I voted against the resolution, actually," he related. "There's an awful lot of other people that, in my opinion, probably deserve it more than I do."
The awards were handed out on Wednesday by AUMA president Lisa Holmes, herself a former Hanna resident. Thursday, the delegates get to meet with government ministers, including an address by Premier Rachel Notley.
"The biggest benefit from these things is more networking than it is anything else," admitted Warwick. "It's important to learn from some of the sessions, but more than anything, you network with people, whether it be provincial government officials or just your peers, there's a lot of things you can learn from other people."
The AUMA convention wraps up on Friday, November 24. The 2018 convention will be held in Red Deer.