Every day, Calgarians make contributions to their neighbourhoods that improve the lives of their fellow citizens. Sometimes these are life-changing and city-shaping contributions, but other times they are small efforts with big impacts. One such feat of neighbourhood greatness is the simple act of shovelling a neighbour’s sidewalk.
To celebrate these acts of community support, and to encourage more to lend a helping hand, The City of Calgary recognises Snow Angels across Calgary. In Ward 7, I am happy to recognise Ian Wilson, for his five years of clearing the sidewalks, driveways and rear paths of his Dalhousie neighbours.
Ian is a retired City of Calgary employee, who worked on improving access to affordable housing through The City’s Corporate Properties division. Though he is 67 years old himself, Ian recognises that his aging neighbours need help to keep their sidewalks and driveways snow- and ice-free. Today, Ian clears snow from four of his neighbours’ properties, for the simple satisfaction of helping those who are not as able as he. Though Ian is modest about his contribution, he cares a great deal about ensuring Dalhousie is a safe and caring community.
Ian is nominated by Barbara Rutledge, his 72-year-old neighbour. Barbara describes Ian as a humble man, who helps Dalhousie seniors without asking for anything in return. Barbara says that after every snowfall she opens up her curtains in the morning to perfectly cleared sidewalks and driveways. This act of kindness helps keep Barbara and her neighbours safe, and she is immensely grateful.
As the City Councillor for Ward 7 and for Dalhousie, I am excited to hear about tales of everyday community dedication. I would like to extend my thanks to Ian for his great work, and to Barbara for recognising Ian’s efforts.
I hope that you are inspired by Ian’s and Barbara’s story, and will consider becoming a Snow Angel! Likewise, if you have a Snow Angel you would like to nominate for recognition, call 311 or fill out an online submission form by the April 17, 2015 deadline. Information about becoming a Snow Angel and the nomination process is here on calgary.ca.
This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.