Longtime Volunteer Marie Mathers Named Prince Albert’s 2021 Citizen

Marie Mathers has volunteered and served many community organizations for decades. These efforts are a big reason she was elected her 2021 Citizen of Prince Albert.

Mathers received the news while at the Prince Albert Royal Canadian Legion on Tuesday, one of the many venues in the city where she volunteers. She said it was an unexpected honor, but a welcome one.

“Honestly, I didn’t want to believe[them]because nothing like this had ever happened to me,” Mathers said in an interview. It’s a big) surprise, and I’m sure there are probably other people doing the same as I am.”

Mathers moved from Manitoba to Prince Albert in 1966 when her husband was transferred. Mathers spoke only French at the time, but she worked hard to earn her English and eventually became integrated into the community.

She loves working with children and started volunteering as a Scout leader. She held the role for her 47-and-a-half years while also helping other groups such as the Cubs and the Rovers.

She also volunteers at St. John’s Ambulance, the Vintage Power Machine Threshing Festival, and of course the Legion.

Mathers doesn’t regret her decision to stay with Prince Albert after her husband’s death.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with people,” Mathers said.

“At the () Legion, we have a wide range of people, young and old, and I enjoy it.”

Prince Albert Citizen of the Year Marie Mathers (center) and Prince Albert Kinsmen Club Citizen of the Year Project Chair Wes Moore (left), Kinsmen Club Vice Chairman Gavin Holcombe (center left), Prince Albert Daily Herald Publisher Donna Pfeil (center right) and Prince Albert Daily Herald Marketing Manager Erin Bergen (right). — Jason Carr/Daily Herald

Fellow Legion volunteer Suzanne Buntle nominated Mathers for the Citizen of the Year Award. Buntle said she had always seen Mathers volunteering in the community, but it wasn’t until they became friends while she worked for the Corps that she realized how involved she was. She said she hadn’t noticed.

“She’s a great woman and never gives up,” Buntle said. “She always does something for everyone.”

Buntle added that Mothers became someone to call for help when he was in the Legion. Mathers, she said, is incredibly knowledgeable and has a strong work ethic.

“Marie is a pillar of this community,” Buntle said. “She’s always volunteering. You see her everywhere. She gives with her heart. She gives her soul. She does whatever she needs to do. knows the (pulse) of the community.”

Mathers will be presented with the award at a special ceremony at City Hall in December. The date has not yet been confirmed.

For the past few years, Citizen of the Year has been honored at a banquet. It didn’t happen in 2020 or 2021 due to concerns about COVID. The organizing committee plans to resume face-to-face banquets next year.

The Citizen of the Year Award has been given annually since 1958. Winners are selected by a committee that includes members of the Prince Albert Kinsmen Club and the Prince Albert Daily Herald.

Recent Citizen of the Year winners:

2020 – Margaret Ferguson

2019 – Janet Carriere

2018 – Felix Cassavant and Derek Smith

2017 – Ron and Shelly Horn

2016 – Sheryl Kimbley

2015 – Duane Hayunga


Longtime Volunteer Marie Mathers Named Prince Albert’s 2021 Citizen

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