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Freedom of the City Granted 2011

Mary Anne Cooper - Freedom of the City Award recipientMary Anne Cooper is the driving force behind the creation of Ioco Ghost Town Days. This event increases the awareness of Port Moody’s unique heritage site. She’s been part of the organizing committee every year for the last 10 years.

Mary Anne’s passion for protecting the Ioco Townsite began after moving to Port Moody from the United States to retire and be closer to her daughter. Her enthusiasm about heritage conservatism is unwavering, despite turning 97 years old in 2011.

During the Depression she worked as an Environmental Monitor with the Army Corp of Engineers, who were undertaking enormous civil works. Mary Anne has a Ph.D. in environmental conservation. She’s had a lifelong interest in environmental protection, and has been active on a number of prominent environmental issues.

As a member of the Port Moody Heritage Commission for seven years, Mary Anne contributed her time developing Heritage Week displays. She has also served on the Board of the Port Moody Heritage Society. As an active member of the Ioco United Church, she was instrumental in receiving grants to replace the roof on this prominent heritage landmark.

The City of Port Moody is not the only organization to recognize Mary Anne’s contributions. On September 30, 2011, she received the Heritage BC Award for Advocacy.

Last updated: 15/11/2011 11:24:30 AM