Local Heroes 2021

Our 14th annual salute to local people who make a difference – we’re grateful to each of them for making 2021 a whole lot brighter for so many.

November 29, 2021 | Local Heroes

Every day across these hills, countless leaders step up to help build the kind of community, and world, we all want to live in. They are as diverse as the passions that drive them – from Olympic stars to friendly voices on the phone, from a family that remembers, to angels both urban and natural. Not only do they bring their time and talents to the table, they also bring their devotion and resilience.

Each year In The Hills is proud to feature a few of these extraordinary citizens, the foundation upon which our community is built.

Nature Booster: Janice McClelland. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Janice McClelland. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Ken Hunt. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Ken Hunt. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Ashley Lawrence (left) and Kadeisha Buchanan in Japan. Courtesy Soccer Canada : Martin Bazyl.

Valerie (left) and Shannon McGrady. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Valerie (left) and Shannon McGrady. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Jim Waddington. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Jim Waddington. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Phone Friends: TeleCheck Volunteers. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Phone Friends: TeleCheck Volunteers. Photo by Pete Paterson.

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Jim Waddington. Photo by Pete Paterson.

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Phone Friends: TeleCheck Volunteers. Photo by Pete Paterson.

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