A feeling of respect and gratitude could be felt throughout the Clarke Theatre auditorium as politicians and Missionites alike stood to thank out-going councillor Cal Crawford for his many years of service to the community.
Although Crawford only spent one term on the council table – deciding not to run for re-election – his legacy of community involvement goes back decades.
During last week’s inaugural council meeting, which saw the old council conclude their terms and a new council sworn in, Mayor Paul Horn paid tribute to Crawford and his accomplishments.
“As a city, we have come to expect a great deal out of Cal over the years and he always delivered … his last four years as councillor is merely the last chapter in a life of service to Mission,” said Horn
Among his many accomplishments, Crawford has been president of the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce five times and vice-president on at least two more occasions; he was a driving force behind the Mission Candlelight Parade; was a Kinsmen and helped organize both Mission’s Centennial event in 1992 and the BC Winter Games in 2014.
Horn said Crawford has also been a leader in organizations that define the community including the Mission Hospice Society, Mission Senior’s Centre and North Fraser Community Futures to name a few.
Crawford has also received many awards for his service including being named a Freeman of the City and being named a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee recipient.
“It’s not just what Cal has done that matters, but how. He has alway brought unwavering vision and uncompromising moral fibre. He has no time for doubt or dithering, he’s never needed to be the centre of attention and he’s always brought tremendous generosity and respect for others,” said Horn.
Crawford then received a standing ovation, both from his fellow councillors and by the public inside the theatre.
As his last official act as a councillor, Crawford moved that the meeting be concluded.
Cal and his wife Sharon are now leaving Mission to enjoy a well deserved retirement.