Five people who made outstanding and significant contributions to the community received the Order of Abbotsford at city hall on Monday night.
The recipients are residents William "Bill" Andrews, Roy Morice, Ron Price, Bob Singleton, and Ron Sweeney Sr.
The Order of Abbotsford recognizes and honours individuals who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in fields of endeavour benefiting the residents of Abbotsford.
William (Bill) Andrews has lived in Abbotsford for 20 years and is a committed volunteer for many organizations. A member of the city's Canada Day Committee for 15 years, he's undertaken whatever task is necessary to ensure the event's success.
Andrews also dedicated a number of years to the Red Cross, and with his wife of 49 years, Janet, committed a decade of service to the Provincial Emergency Program, with the pair named the organization's 2002 Volunteers of the Year.
Andrews has also held various leadership and executive positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters, during the organization's evolution in the Fraser Valley.
An Abbotsford resident for 42 years, Roy Morice's accomplishments include being a 25-year serving brother and past chairman of Abbotsford's St. John Ambulance.
A talented singer and musician, Morice has served as director for the Central Fraser Valley Fair Association's entertainment committee; performed at the APD Challenge and fun runs and still provides free entertainment for many seniors' homes.
He has received the Abbotsford Rotary Club Service Award and was recognized by Abbotsford's Kiwanis Club for his longtime support.
Ron Price has been an active leader in Abbotsford for more than four decades.
Price is most recognized as president of the Abbotsford International Airshow, a nonprofit society he has successfully steered since 1998.
Price has also served on municipal, provincial and federal boards and committees in the aerospace, tourism, agriculture and land development industries including the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, the Abbotsford Airport Authority, and Tourism Abbotsford.
Bob Singleton has volunteered in the Abbotsford area since 1964.
A longtime staple in the community's broadcasting industry, one of Singleton's first community roles was as MC for the annual Miss Abbotsford Pageant.
He has since held positions on various boards and community organizations, including Abbotsford International Airshow director; Matsqui Institution citizen advisory committee chair; Abbotsford Rotary Club president; British Columbia Association of Broadcasters director; Matsqui Police Board member and was executive vice president of Abbotsford's 1995 Western Canada Summer Games. He is well known as the Abbotsford International Airshow's announcer since 1969. Singleton is currently chair of the Abbotsford Salvation Army community advisory council.
A committed, longtime teacher, Ron Sweeney Sr. threw himself into coaching innumerable sports. Aside from his role as a teacher, Sweeney served his community, including three terms as an Abbotsford city councillor and as a member of the Fraser Valley College Board and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. He has chaired the Citizens Advisory Board for the Matsqui Institution and the Prospera Credit Union Board. Sweeney is also the recipient of the Benemerenti Medal from Pope Benedict XVI for his service to the Catholic Church.
In 2011, Prospera created two legacy awards in honour of Ron's service: the Ron Sweeney Community Champion Award and the Sweeney Scholarship.
A talented musician, Sweeney is the patriarch of the Sweeney Family Singers, which has raised more than $50,000 for charities.