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Walking into the Lido Theatre was reminiscent of Hollywood’s Academy Awards, with stars in evening gowns, gold awards and a red carpet. The awards were handed out by Mayor Lori Ackerman and Northeast News Associate Publisher Brent Hodson, with assistance from envelope girl Zoe and drum rolls from Peter Fehr.

Fort St. John Association for Community Living Executive Director Cindy Mohr says the night is special because it gives their clients the opportunity to recognize all they’ve done, as well as their peers.

“For us, it was kind of like one night of the year where we can celebrate the abilities of the people that we support,” she explains. “It’s just about celebrating their accomplishments and what they contribute. It’s recognition and it boosts their self-esteem and it makes them feel recognized for what they’re able to give back.”

Plus, it’s a chance to dress up and go out. For the Association’s members, it means more than just giving out golden trophies.

“For the people that we support, there’s not many times where they get celebrated, so we just wanted to make a really special night for them,” says Mohr. “For us too, it’s kind of one night of the year where it’s just like, yeah, that’s why we do what we do. It’s such a refreshing, fun night for everybody that comes.”

The Association for Community Living provides services to adults with developmental disabilities in the Fort St. John and District area, working to make sure they lead active and productive lives in the community. The non-profit society is celebrating its 53rd year in Fort St. John.

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