Ray Jarl has lived in Rimbey since 1971 and during that time he has played a significant role in helping the town grow and prosper.
His contribution to the community in which he settled has not gone unnoticed and recently he received national recognition.
Ray Jarl has received The Senator’s Contribution Award in recognition of his outstanding dedication to the Town of Rimbey community through volunteerism and civic engagement.
He was thrilled and surprised to receive the award.
“It was very, very nice,” he said. “Volunteers don’t get recognized very often.”
Jarl moved to Rimbey in 1971 with his wife Lorraine, and their two children Lori and Gary.
The family came from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Jarl worked as an electrician for Texaco.
Moving from the big city to a small town took some adjustment, but before long Jarl was involved with the Lions, a commitment he has kept to this day.
“They kept me busy,” he said with a smile, recalling that he has held several positions with the Lions including that of District Governor. He remembered the Lions as being a small club when he first joined, noting it has now expanded to include many more members.
Jarl also became involved in municipal politics and served on council for 18 years, including one term as mayor.
He is especially proud of the community centre, a project which he spearheaded during his time on council.
“There was lots of blood, sweat and tears that went into that building,” he said.
After moving to Rimbey the Jarl family grew to include daughters Patty and Cathy. There family tree has now grown to include several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jarl continues to enjoy living in Rimbey and is pleased with the growth.
“I like the way it’s going. It’s growing,” he said.