Lynne Harris to receive 2017 Order of Abbotsford

Former councillor, school trustee honoured for Canada Day leadership

It’s only fitting that Lynne Harris will be honoured as the recipient of the 2017 Order of Abbotsford at a ceremony on Canada Day.

Harris, a former councillor and school trustee is being recognized for, among other activities, her instrumental role in growing Abbotsford’s Canada Day celebrations as a longtime chair of the Abbotsford Canada Day Committee.

Harris served for 15 years as a trustee on the Abbotsford school board and sat on council for another nine, until 2011.

During those years, Harris was a part of the 1995 Western Canada Summer Games, the 2002 Disability Games, the 2004 Summer Games, the 2006 Senior Games, 2009 Special Olympics, the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

Harris “has always shown a commitment to Abbotsford and has volunteered for many initiatives and projects above and beyond her commitments,” a city press release said.

The Order of Abbotsford is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated a particularly high level of contribution or length of service to Abbotsford and its residents, and who has brought distinction to themselves and the community through outstanding achievements in a variety of areas, including but not limited to: culture, public or community service, the environment, heritage conservation, and sports.

The order’s award ceremony was always slated to be held July 1 at the Canada Day ceremonies, but Harris’s long association with the event will add a special connection this year.

Nominations for the 2018 Order of Abbotsford are available at www.abbotsford.ca/order.