Harwood awarded Canada 150 medal

Corman Park Reeve Judy Harwood (left) receives a Canada 150 Medal from Kelly Block, MP for Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek on Monday, August 20

Corman Park Reeve Judy Harwood was awarded a Canada 150 Medal for her many contributions to the community over the years.

Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek Member of Parliament Kelly Block made the presentation to Harwood at a Corman Park Council meeting on Monday, August 20.

Harwood, who was born and raised in southern Ontario, moved with her family to Saskatoon in 1977. She has had a successful career in the hotel industry, after earning her Certified Hotel Administrator’s designation and Master Certificate in Essentials of Hospitality Management from Cornell University.

She was named one of Ten Most Influential Women in Saskatchewan by Sask Business Magazine and is also a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service. She has served on many boards including SaskPower, SaskTel, Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition Park, Saskatoon and District Chamber of Commerce, Ronald McDonald House, the Saskatoon and Region Economic Development Association, Saskatoon Community Foundation and the North Saskatoon Business Association, where she also served as President.

Harwood was elected Reeve of Corman Park in October, 2012. She previously served as  Corman Park councillor from 1994 to 2000, and has served on the District Planning Commission since 2000.

She was elected to the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) Board as Director for Division 5, which includes 57 RMs.

In 2014, the North Saskatoon Business Association presented her with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Canada 150 medal program is an initiative of the federal Conservative Members of Parliament. But Block said it is completely non-partisan.

“The people who are being awarded these medals are selected by municipalities across the province,” said Block in an interview on August 20. “The criteria for the awards is based entirely on the individual’s contribution to their community.”

Block said the medals were originally a project of the federal Conservative government aimed at celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. When the Conservatives lost the federal election in 2015, the project was abandoned by the Ministry of Heritage.

“But Conservative Members of Parliament across Canada took it upon ourselves to figure out a way of commemorating the celebration within our own provinces,” said Block. “The Saskatchewan medal was designed by former Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. My office purchased 150 of these medals to award to deserving individuals.”

Block said municipal councils from cities, towns, villages and RMs would be in a much better position to make the decision than federal MPs were.

“So we sent them the medals and asked them to let us know when the recipients have been chosen,” she said.

“I have been invited to make the presentation of the medal to several recipients. These awards are a good way to recognize Canada’s sesquicentennial because they honours people who have worked very hard for their communities.”