A “well-loved” Fernie local, Terry Cryderman, was awarded the 2021 George Majic Spiritus Award by the City of Fernie in recognition of his many years of work for the community.
“This award is presented annually in memory of George S. Majic to a person or group who have demonstrated a constant and ongoing commitment to our community through their love of Fernie,” reads a Jan. 19 press release from the city.
“Terry Cryderman has been an active community member since arriving in Fernie more than 40 years ago, devoting many years to coaching and refereeing hockey, and to the Fernie Golf Club Executive, while also working full-time and raising his family,” the release says.
The award was given by Mayor Ange Qualizza at a ceremony on Dec. 21, 2021.
“I want to congratulate Mr. Cryderman for his commitment to the community, the George S Majic award is special, it recognizes quiet community leaders for their support and leadership, people who volunteer without any expectation of reward. Mr. Cryderman does exactly that, it was an absolute pleasure getting to know Mr. Cryderman and seeing how he supports Fernie is so many ways,” she said.
Cryderman founded the Fernie Trekkers group, guiding seniors and locals on bi-weekly hikes and snowshoe outings, accommodating the abilities of over 50 followers, the release says. He volunteers at the annual income tax clinic, preparing free tax returns for low-income members of the Fernie community. He organizes weekly card games at the Senior Citizens Drop-in Centre, and is a member of the Old Growth Hockey Club, which raised $750 for Angel Flight at the end of 2020.
“It is truly an honour to celebrate and recognize Mr. Cryderman for making Fernie a better place,” Qualizza said.