Ian Kay, Q.C., Awarded Outstanding Achievement Award by the City of Grande Prairie
April 20th, 2016
KMSC Law would like to congratulate Ian Kay, Q.C., recipient of the George Repka Outstanding Achievement Award for the tremendous impact he has made on the various recreational, cultural and social services in our community.
George Repka was the first Mayor elected after Grande Prairie received City status and he believed that all citizens had a duty to contribute and make their voice heard. The George Repka Award recognizes citizens who have made an outstanding contribution to the City of Grande Prairie in a volunteer capacity.
Ian is truly deserving of this recognition for the selfless service and dedication he has made throughout his career. After coming to Canada from Australia in 1968, Ian quickly became involved with groups in the community and with the development of the City as the population expanded. Ian was instrumental in the following organizations over the years, helping them develop from concepts to cornerstone institutions of the Peace Country:
Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Foundation
Mr. Ian Kay and Mr. Ken Fox were the original founding members of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Foundation. Following a large legacy from Sarah Alward, they envisioned a comprehensive fundraising program to support the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. The Foundation was a way of having the funds go to the benefit of the Hospital while ensuring the City receives the maximum amount of funds from the provincial budget. Ian served as the chairman of the Foundation for many years; during that time, the Foundation grew from its original small group to an organization that has contributed millions of dollars to our local Hospital and to scholarships for students in nursing and the health care professions. Ian is a Heritage Society member.
As chairman of the Foundation, Ian was also one of the founders of the Festival of Trees, which has become one of the major fundraising platforms of the Foundation.
Grande Prairie Regional College Foundation
Ian and others in the College community envisioned a fundraising group to support the students and teachers of the College. The Grande Prairie Regional College Foundation was built on a large legacy, similar to the hospital Foundation. To this day, the College Foundation supports the work of the Grande Prairie Regional College.
Wapiti Community Dorm Society
Ian contributed many hours of community service to the groups that were working towards the development and building of a new community dorm. He believed these social services resources were necessary in our community. The Wapiti Community Dorm Society, incorporated in 1996, became what is known as the Rotary House today.
Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society
In recent years, Ian’s community efforts were focused primarily on working towards the formation of the Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society. The Society members accomplished extensive negotiations and co-operative efforts with many others within the community resulting in the building of the Grande Prairie Hospice.
His involvement in the Grande Prairie community is not limited to the above. Over the years, he has served the following groups:
- Northern Alberta Appeal Board (Dependent Adults Act)
- Grande Prairie Library Board
- Grande Prairie Parks and Recreation Board
- Grande Prairie Pipes and Drums Association
- Alberta Law Society
- 1995 Canada Winter Games
- Victorian Order of Nurses
- Grande Prairie Marching Band
Ian would be the first to say that the success of these organizations is because so many people in the community came together and pooled their efforts. His contributions were always made quietly and without fan-fare. However, were it not for his innovative thinking and long standing personal dedication, Grande Prairie’s recreational, cultural and social services would not be as well established as they are today.
Ian’s tradition is proudly carried on by the lawyers and staff at KMSC Law through service on numerous community boards and collectively contributing thousands of volunteer hours a year dedicated to not-for profit and charitable organizations in The Peace region.
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