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Peace Country seniors celebrated with centennial luncheon

Seniors around the Peace Region were honoured this afternoon, for their contributions to the region over the past one hundred years.

Roughly 450 seniors took part in the 100 Years of Pioneers event, part of Grande Prairie’s Centennial celebrations.

Wilma Friesen has lived in the area for 79 years, and says remembers how different the city looked when she was a young woman.

“There were no sidewalks, it was mud where we had to live. So I’m thankful for every bit of pavement and every bit of sidewalk that’s in Grande Prairie.”

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Debbie Normington, General Manager of the Grande Spirit Foundation, says it’s important to take time to recognize those who have built the community.

“I think they enjoyed the theme, that we’re honouring them and their contribution to the community. And absolutely we are. That’s our theme, to just say ‘We’re a hundred years old, and so many of these people have made such a valuable contribution to our communities’.”

Local and provincial dignitaries from around the Peace Country, including MLA Wayne Drysdale and County of Grande Prairie Reeve Leanne Beaupre, were on hand as well yesterday afternoon, serving coffee and cake to the golden age crowd.

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