Mayor Catherine Ferguson and her father

Mayor Catherine Ferguson and her father

Abbotsford honours former mayor

White Rock Mayor Catherine Ferguson had reason to miss her own city’s council meeting June 27.

She was in Abbotsford, attending a ceremony in which her father, former mayor of that city, George Ferguson, was honoured with the Order of Abbotsford.

George Ferguson was among seven individuals presented with the award at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.

It recognizes “outstanding community leaders… who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in fields of endeavour benefiting the residents of the City of Abbotsford,” according to a news release

Catherine Ferguson was just seven years old when she worked on her father’s first election campaign. He began his political career in 1969, as an alderman.

He was elected mayor in 1972, and held the office for most of the next 40 years before retiring in December 2008 – the same year his daughter was elected mayor of White Rock.

“Throughout the years, he represented the people of Abbotsford; and his dedication and support to the community is unparalleled,” the award states.