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Pitt citizens of the century celebrated

Hidden amongst the names on the list of Pitt Meadows’ citizens of the century are the ingredients that makes a community thrive.

Each of the 100 has a unique story of selfless sacrifice, from the city’s first reeve John Blaney and South Asian pioneer Thakkar Banns to Aisha Wewala, an exceptional student from Pitt Meadows elementary and one of the youngest residents honoured on the list.

“Every single person who is being honoured today, all 100 people … have done it because you found common cause,” Premier Christy Clark said Friday during a ceremony at the South Bonson Community Centre.

“You wanted to make a difference, you wanted to make a change that was going to improve this community, the province, this country. Each of you knew a secret and that is in giving to others and doing service without expectation of reward, we gain something immeasurably valuable.”

The list of 100 includes not only individuals but groups such as the Pitt Meadows Museum and Heritage Society and the city’s volunteer fire department. The names were chosen by a committee of volunteers.

• The complete list of 100 citizens of the century is posted here.

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