Citizen of the Year Awards 2018
We are excited to announce this year's Citizens of the Year!
Nominations for the awards are submitted confidentially by citizens at large, and nominees are judged based on a number of criteria including club service, music, drama, recreation, service to senior citizens and any other service worthy of recognition.
The purpose of these awards is to recognize the significant accomplishments in the past year, and the lasting contributions to our community by long-time residents.
We are proud to present Bert & Elaine Piepgrass as our Citizens of the Year and Bert Holmes as our Lifetime Citizen of the Year! We celebrate the many volunteer hours spent by these two awardees.
2018 Citizens of the Year
Bert & Elaine Piepgrass have been wonderful volunteers for many organizations and are often seen voluntarily cleaning garbage off streets and cleaning weeds from many seniors’ gardens anonymously. They cut lawns for people to keep busy. They are involved in volunteering at the Courthouse Museum and Communities in Bloom. They are also active participants in the Cardston & District Seniors Society, and they volunteer in Waterton Park. They often take disabled people to appointments in and out of town to doctors shopping, etc. Many individuals are fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of their kindness.
2018 Lifetime Citizen of the Year
Bert Holmes has served as long as anyone can remember. He spent his career saving property and saving lives. For several decades Bert fought on the front lines as a firefighter, finishing his distinguished career as the captain at his detachment. During that same time he was raising his family. Not only did he care for his own children as an excellent and dedicated father, he and his wife Gloria were also fostering hundreds of other children from unfortunate situations. Ultimately, after their own children were raised and moved away, Bert’s home was still open to those children who were lacking love and support. He always found more love and space in his home to share. Bert and Gloria permanently adopted three special children that needed to have a place. Their adopted sons came with beautiful special conditions which allowed Bert to learn the ropes in a new avenue where he quickly thrived - sports. With his new boys, Bert began coaching multiple sports including track and field events, swimming, baseball, and bowling. He became a recognized and extremely high level coach with his own boys as well as other athletes, taking several successful trips to compete at the World Special Olympics.
Locally Bert’s contributions of time, dedication, experience, and caring for people continues to make a meaningful impact to the Cardston Support Services that serves people with disabilities. Bert’s 3 sons have disabilities themselves, so it was inevitable that he would welcome the opportunity to serve locally on the Board.
Bert Holmes has served on the Cardston and District Association’s Board of Directors for 15 + years, which has included time as Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Treasurer. Bert has also shared his knowledge and experience gained from his years in Emergency Services, which has strengthened the Association’s safety policies and procedures. Bert established and participated in the Association’s Bowling program which connects to Lethbridge’s Integrated Bowling program.
Bert has an extremely generous heart, sometimes travelling long distances and to other countries where natural disasters have occurred, to assist in any way he could. Bert generously donated and assisted in helping many youth groups in Cardston including Cardston Minor Football and Epic Youth Services.
Standing as a coach, mentor, foster parent, board member, father, firefighter, rescuer, and community member, Bert has been HERO to many. His service; His life is a legacy of heroism. His hands are still always found lifting and building wherever he goes.