Katie Jasperson, formerly Katie MacInnes from Achluachrach, Roy Bridge, sister of Polly MacInnes and Mary Toal, recently received a special award from her home town of Cardston, Alberta, Canada.
Katie, a full trained Registered Nurse, left Scotland in 1962, and went to work in a hospital in the town of Cardston, Alberta. She married Roy Jasperson in 1963 and then moved to their large rural farm on the prairies. In 1974, they decided to sell the farm and return to live in Cardston with their six children because of the problems Roy had with his health. In the years that followed, Katie worked both at the Cardston hospital and at the Blood Indian hospital
Since retiring in 2006 she has devoted her life to volunteering so many community activities, especially driving people to appointments. At the elementary school she still helps in a grade 3 classroom. She is also secretary to the hospital auxiliary association, and they hold bake sales where they make and sell their famous traditional pies. They also have a small shop in the hospital where they sell an assortment of things, and the proceeds go to buy equipment for the hospital.
The members of the Cardston Council were fully aware of Katie's involvement, giving herself so generously and enthusiastically to so many good causes. It was a unanimous decision to reward Katie for all her good work, which she gave so freely and touched the lives of so many people. The Council decided that her work should be recognised by the community, and that she be awarded Cardston’s Citizen of the Year.
Knowing Katie, she was so reluctant to accept this honour, for what she did for the community was out of the goodness of her heart. However, this gave the whole community the opportunity to say thank you to Katie in a very special way for all she had done for its citizens.
Well done, Katie, and congratulations from everyone here in Roy Bridge. You have done us proud! God bless you.