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Sue Popesku to be honoured with Freedom of the City award

Posthumous award to be presented Saturday during "Remembering Sue" Day
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The City of Fort St. John is honouring a former long-time volunteer June 11. A posthumous Freedom of the City award is being made to Sue Popesku during a "Remembering Sue" celebration.

The City of Fort St. John is recognizing a well-known and well-loved former member of the community.

Sue Popesku will be awarded, posthumously, with the Freedom of the City distinction this coming Saturday.

"The Freedom of the City is the highest honour given by the City of Fort St. John and is used in exceptional cases to recognize the significant contributions the recipient has made to our community," according to a statement by the city Monday.

Popesku, a teacher for many years at North Peace Secondary, is remembered mostly for her tireless volunteer work in the arts community.

"She was just an amazing lady. She just promoted volunteerism, said Fort St. John Arts Council president Rosemary Landry. "She got so many people involved in so many bits and pieces in arts and culture and heritage in the city that she initiated the beginnings of."

North Peace Cultural Society board chair Connie Sererus couldn't agree more of Popesku's dedication to the community.

"She is the perfect recipient of this award. She gave of herself selflessly to this community from the first time she arrived when she was teaching at the high school, her involvement in the arts, and local not-for-profits and her promoting of groups, especially arts, culture, and heritage."

Popesku was also the first executive director of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and instrumental in getting the North Peace Cultural Centre, Stage North, and Arts Space off the ground.

"She got things moving for Northern Trails," added Landry. "(Sue) was an instigator in the present museum that we have, as well."

Saturday's event and recognition will begin at 3:30 pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

"It's so fitting that it's taking place in the cultural centre," said Sererus. "The North Peace Cultural Centre is a testament to her perserverance and her never-say-never attitude. She didn't give up, even when she was faced with a lot of opposition."

Mayor Lori Ackerman will speak on behalf of the city.

The session will also feature an 'open mike' component for anyone wishing to share their memories of Sue.