Ralph Sorenson one of 14 in Alberta to receive Senate 150th Medal

Ralph Sorenson of Killam has been awarded a Senate 150th Medal in recognition of his service to the community through his organization and hard work on the Charity Auction and Garage Sale, which has run for 21 years in Flagstaff, with proceeds going to support many local groups.

Ralph Sorenson, of Killam, is one of 14 Albertans chosen to receive a Senate 150th Medal in recognition of significant contributions made to their communities.

Recipients were picked from nominations submitted to Senator Betty Unger from Albertans during a nomination process this summer.

“I was delighted to receive so many excellent nominations,” Senator Unger says. “This medal celebrates the sesquicentennial anniversary of the first sitting of the Senate, on Nov. 6, 1867, and was created to recognize Canadians who, through generosity, dedication, and volunteer work, make their home town, community, region, province, or territory a better place.”

Sorenson’s nomination reads, in part, “For 21 years, Mr. Sorenson worked tirelessly, organizing and performing an annual charity auction with all proceeds going to various charities within his community.

“He travelled hundreds of miles all over Alberta to obtain donated items for the charity auction, and never took payment for his time or expenses.

“This is the last year Mr. Sorenson will be organizing the charity auction personally, and he was recommended for this award in recognition of his many years of dedicated, selfless service.”

The medals award will take place Nov. 14 at Government House in Edmonton. Senator Unger will be joined by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Originally published in the November 14, 2017 edition of The Community Press. Never miss an issue – subscribe today! Click here. 

Leslie Cholowsky

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