Stettler resident Justin Tanner is one of those community-minded folks who finds both joy and fulfillment via his extensive volunteering efforts.
It’s no surprise that he has been named this year’s Male Citizen of the Year through the Stettler Business & Citizenship Awards.
Tanner’s community involvement runs the gamut from serving as a volunteer fire fighter, president of the Stettler Volunteer Firefighters Association, vice chair of the Stettler Regional Board of Trade, treasurer for the Stettler Lightning Junior B Hockey Club, treasurer for the Steel Wheel Stampede Society, a member of the Stettler Rotary, a Christmas helper at a number of local events, a board member with the Stettler Learning Centre and serving as a founding member and organizer of 100 Men Stettler along with Murray Brennan, Jim McDougall and Kevin Burkhart.
“Honestly without the support and encouragement of my wife (Kim Tanner), I would not be nearly as involved as I am,” he said. “She is my example of selflessness, kindness and support.”
As to the honour of being named Male Citizen of the Year, Justin, who is also dad to three daughters and a busy accountant in town, said it’s very flattering.
“In a town like this, there are so many small groups that are awesome causes, that if you want to be involved, you can be involved easily,” he explained.
Justin and Kim first moved to Stettler 14 years ago as this is where he landed his first job out of university.
“It was supposed to be a temporary stop, but after a couple of years it proved to be a ‘good feeling’ kind of place,” he said.
“My wife and I were both heavily involved in a number of things in the community at that point, and we loved it here. We decided to make a long-term commitment.
“It’s a place that is welcoming – it has great people, and a million things to be involved in. I also have a very supportive wife which allows me to do what I do. I also have awesome partners at my office who give me flexibility.
“I have people around me that help me and facilitate things and allow me to do what I do. I also like variety in my life, and that’s what a lot of it comes down to. I like the variety and the various experiences.”
Early in life, Justin was raised in a home where giving back and providing support to others were things that were always emphasized.
“I would say a lot of the way I am is based on the values that were taught to me as a young person,” he said.
“My thought is, if I have the capacity to do these things, then that’s the right thing to do.”
It’s also become all that more of a family thing. Justin and Kim are passing on the love of service to their young daughters, too. “We enjoy serving together and we enjoy doing things for others. It provides a lot of happiness for us.”