Mayor’s Breakfast a time to honour leaders

Fellowship, networking and inspiration will take place at the seventh annual Ponoka Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Ponoka Ministerial Association. It will be held at the Kinsmen Community Centre on April 19.

Fellowship, networking and inspiration will take place at the seventh annual Ponoka Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Ponoka Ministerial Association. It will be held at the Kinsmen Community Centre on April 19.

The event is for the entire community to come together to encourage and lift up leaders and dignitaries in the community. It is also a great opportunity to express gratitude and to pray for the leaders on a civic, provincial and federal level and any person is able to pray or stand in agreement with prayer.

“We want to make it a community event, it’s about the leaders and the people coming. The church is in the background hosting it,” said Pastor Rob McArthur chair of the event. “Everyone has a responsibility to respect leadership and this is a good opportunity to be a blessing to our dignitaries. It’s showing the community leaders that we’re encouraging them and we want the community to come on board with it and through it see inspired change.”

People of Ponoka will be greeted at the door by local dignitaries Ponoka Mayor Larry Henkelman, MLA Ray Prins, and MP Blaine Calkins.

His Worship Mayor Morris Flewwelling of Red Deer will be gracing the event and speaking to Ponoka to motivate people to consider their role of serving within the community.

Flewwelling was named Red Deer Citizen of the year in 1982 for his volunteer service and community leadership and received the Lieutenant’s Governor’s Award for his work with historical preservation along with many other notable awards and achievements.

In the past years the event has had the honour of having guest speakers of various professions and backgrounds. The breakfast has had speakers involved in business and newspaper as well as a warden, a minister, an athlete and politician.

McArthur is pleased that Flewwelling is the guest speaker and looks forward to his message.

“We wanted to have a community leader that could speak intimately to Ponoka,” said McArthur. “I’ve heard him speak before and he’s really good. He is passionate about communities and how to inspire to love your community.”

McArthur personally hopes that the breakfast will motivate the community and inspire individuals to make a difference.

“My heart is always for community change, a change for the better and we hope this influences the community,” he said.

Cindy Gabert of Ponoka will entertain with special music at the breakfast and the meal will be served by Wolf Creek Youth for Christ.

The breakfast will take place at the Kinsmen Community Centre on April 19, doors open at 8 a.m. with breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are available at the Ponoka Town Office or Ponoka local church representatives. For more information contact McArthur at (403) 783-5659.