Bill Hunter, on the occasion of the
presentation of the Professional Recognition Award to Norm Mattson,
President Roosevelt once stated that every man
owes part of his time and knowledge to his chosen profession or
occupation. Norm Mattson followed this advice and dedicated countless
hours to Association affairs.
It is not my intention today to single out one particular event or
circumstance that led to this event. It just happens, like watching
cream rise to the surface in a bottle of milk, or like accretion;
imperceptible with the impact obvious over a period of time.
Our bilingual Alberta-born recipient contends he is not that old. Since
he might be sensitive about his age, I will not reveal it. I will inform
you that he has been an Alberta Land Surveyor for one half of his life
and that he is two years younger than Rudolf (the reindeer, not
It is difficult to pick up an ALS News or annual report without
finding a report, commentary, speech, lecture, or a motion by him; at
all times demonstrating his keen interest and dedication to the
profession of surveying. He has developed an uncanny ability to sift the
wheat from the chaff; possibly related to spending long hours on a
combine contemplating its inner workings. In any regard, a necessary
attribute when serving on hearings or meetings. Most important, this man
at all times manages to keep the best interest of the public in mind and
is quick to remind fellow members on committees this interest must be
held paramount in all Association activities.
As you are all aware, the work of our Association is intended to be done
by committees. Only those who dedicate their time to this work (and
their wife's) can appreciate how demanding this can be; it is enough to
make your hair curl. As our recipient later found out, this affliction
was only to be temporary.
Our recipient has always found the time to do more than his share of
work. He has participated on most of the Association committees and most
of the special committees from time to time. He has served our
Association in the capacity of regional chairman, councillor, vice-president,
president, and past-president - all with distinction.
He has also served as chairman of
the Discipline Committee and numerous discipline hearings. It is my
personal opinion his finest hour was the time spent on the Practice
Review Board, in particular his dedication of time and effort in
developing the terms of reference for Systematic Practice Review.
Others equally appreciate his involvement in legalizing survey
companies, the rewrite of the Surveys Act, or university education for
surveyors, to mention a few. I had the privilege of travelling across
Canada in the tracks of our recipient to the other provincial land
survey association meetings, three years after he did. Believe me, he
and his wife were still fondly remembered by all those he met. They not
only served the Association well but were, and still are, great
ambassadors of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association, the Province of
Alberta, and the Country of Canada.
It is this recipient's regular and continuous participation in
Association affairs and his pleasant willingness to undertake any task
requested of him that makes his contribution to our Association
extraordinary and him, well worthy and deserving of this recognition.