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Stettler Community Builders unveil 2023 honouree plaques

The Town of Stettler, along with the Community Builders committee, is working to ensure that no one forgets those who built the community.
Carson Ellis prepares to unveil the Willis family monument as the family, Bob, Jeanie, and Alan, look on. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

The Town of Stettler, along with the Community Builders committee, is working to ensure that no one forgets those who built the community.

On May 25, the community builders committee, along with delegates from the town, unveiled the latest of the memorial monuments which are being placed along the walking trail across from the RCMP Detachment on 44 Avenue.

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Between the town and the committee, funds have been found to create two monuments per year. As the program finishes the third year of its operation, honourees were Charles and Roy Willis, whose family owned the Stettler Independent for three generations, and the Backstrom family, whose construction projects included the first Stettler courthouse and Ransom School.

Committee chair Cheryl Baros welcomed the 20 or so people to the unveiling of the monuments before she passed the microphone to Malcolm Fischer and Carson Ellis, a pair of other committee members.

Fischer spoke about the Backstrom family and the many construction projects they had a hand in across the region.

Ellis spoke about the Willis family, who he said was instrumental in getting the railway to come through the community as initial plans called for it to be routed elsewhere.

Mayor Sean Nolls brought greetings on behalf of the town; during his turn at the microphone, he emphasized the importance of remembering the history of the community.

Also in attendance were descendants of Charles and Roy Willis, and someone who grew up with the Backstrom family; each took a turn remembering their ancestors.

The entire ceremony lasted about 20 minutes.

Previous plaques installed were dedicated to Clark Burlingham, Fred Colley, the Poon family, and Judge William Bringham Gray.

Alan speaks on behalf of the Willis family at the community builder unveiling. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)
Carson Ellis, another Community Builder committee member, talks about the impact of the Willis family on the Stettler community. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Malcolm Fischer introduces the monument dedicated to the Backstrom family, a family known for major construction projects around the Stettler area. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
On hand for the Stettler Community Builders monument unveiling were committee members (l-r) Angela Storoman, Lara Van Landuyt. Donna Morris, Cheryl Baros, Byron Geddes, Carson Ellis, and Malcolm Fischer. Bringing greetings to the unveiling from the town for the unveiling was Mayor Sean Nolls(fourth from the left). (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

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I’m Kevin Sabo. I’ve been a resident of the Castor area for the last 12 years and counting, first coming out here in my previous career as an EMT.
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