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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The City held a ceremony at City Hall on Saturday afternoon to honour Jim Eglinski with the Freedom of the City Award.

“This award recognizes the tremendous work that was done over the many years by Mr. Eglinski. The City of Fort St. John is proud to present him with this award and add him to the list of those who always gave their best,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman.

Eglinski moved to the Energetic City in the summer of 1996 to become the RCMP Officer in Charge. He then retired as Staff Sergeant in 2002 after 35 years with the RCMP.

After his decorated RCMP career, Eglinski was elected a City of Fort St. John Councillor from 2002 to 2005 and then, Mayor from 2005 to 2008.

Despite moving to Yellowhead County over 11 years ago, Eglinkski says that he still considers the Peace Region to be home.

“I’ve never lived in a place as long in my life as I did in Fort St. John. Even growing up, my parents moved a couple of times. I consider this home. Every time we come here when I get to the top of the hill I say there’s the Peace River, we’re home.”

Englinski says receiving this award makes him very humble.

“I had a team of people: council members, staff members, and community members that could see the same vision and for us all to work together to make Fort St. John a better community and to be recognized for that leadership role is very humbling,” Eglinkski said.

The Freedom of the City is the highest honour given by the City of Fort St. John and is used in exceptional cases to recognize the significant contributions the recipient has made to the community of Fort St. John.

For more information and to see past recipients of this award click here.



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