After many years of active service in various ways in the Stettler region, Rob and Marg Grandfield were recognized as citizens of the year by Stettler Regional Board of Trade and Community Development.
Rob Grandfield was honoured as Male Citizen of the Year while Marg Grandfield was presented as Female Citizen of the Year during the board of trade’s annual Citizens of the Year and Business Awards Night on Oct. 21 at Stettler Community Hall.
“I thank my wife, she always encourages me to be a better person and she leads by example,” said Rob.
“I am so touched,” said Marg.
“It is an honour to be included in this amazing group of community supporters being recognized tonight.”
“Stettler is a great community for open hearts and generosity and people and businesses are so willing to give anytime they are asked and it makes fundraising easier.”
They were both lauded for the commitment to serve and help build the community.
Excerpts from Kevin Stewart’s letter nominating Rob Grandfield as the male citizen of the year:
“Rob and Marg are very loyal to their roots and their community.
“They continually volunteer their time in spite of their very busy lives.
“Rob and Marg truly work as a team and are great role models for everyone.
“They have volunteered many hours to this community and are always willing to take a leadership role as well as just work where needed to help and support – very generous with their time and talents.
“Over the years, they have strongly supported and contributed to KidSport Stettler locally-hosted Alberta Summer Games, Heartland Youth Centre, and St. George’s Anglican Church and building projects for Stettler Recreation Centre and Stettler Community Hall.
“Rob is also a founding organizer of Stettler Car Club’s Show and Shine and representative for the Town of Stettler on the twinning exchange with Okoppe, Japan.”
“While in high school, Rob Grandfield worked at G&H Foods and attributes his strengths in customer service to his time spent with owner Don Gillespie.
“He was instrumental in plans to start Jiro in 1994 and Strad Energy Services in 2003.
“Rob has always been able to see potential in his employees and is a mentor to many of them.”
Pat Hamilton wrote the following paragraphs, taken from her letter nominating Marg Grandfield as the female citizen of the year:
“Marg, Rob and the kids have helped with preparing and delivering Christmas and toy hampers, working at fundraising galas, assisting with sporting events and anything else asked of them. The whole family arrives first and stays until everything is cleaned up and is willing to do anything that needs to be done. They bring valuable ideas and suggestions to every organization they have belonged to, and they lead by example and make volunteering fun for everyone.
“Marg was involved with St. Georges Anglican Sunday school, serving as coordinator while her children were younger, then she chaired the renovations, restructuring and centennial committees, and remains a staunch supporter of the church.
“Marg has also taught etiquette classes to 4H groups and has made presentations to healthcare workers about the challenges and joys of dealing with aging parents. She spent many years volunteering at Stettler Hospital, with the adult day support program and then for the recreation department at the nursing Home and auxiliary hospital.
“Marg was a founding member of KidSport in Stettler, involving Rob and the kids in the organization as well. They have helped make the Stettler chapter into one of the most successful in Alberta, and in 2008 it was the largest funding branch outside of Edmonton and Calgary, which is in itself a huge achievement.”