Financial advisor honoured for community involvement
By: Matt Durnan
| Posted: Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 11:28 am
Airdrie Financial Advisor Mike Acheson received the Co-operators Community Achievement Award for outstanding community involvement on Feb. 6.
Acheson is a 10-year resident of Airdrie and this is his second year being nominated for the award.
His involvement in the community spans from past president of the Airdrie Rotary Club to his role on the Airdrie Food Bank board of directors.
The award was created to honour Co-operators financial advisors who demonstrate outstanding support for the community, both through financial aid and volunteerism.
Acheson deflects much of the credit and lends kudos to the company that has been doing work in Airdrie for more than 10 years.
“The Co-operators have 10 years of great work in our community,” said Acheson. “It’s always been an agency directive for us to give back to the community and to always be looking for new and meaningful ways that we can get involved.”
Airdrie Food Bank Executive Director Lori McRitchie didn’t hesitate to heap praise on Acheson for his work, while mentioning his modesty.
“Mike does more work behind the scenes than a lot of people, he wants no part of the spotlight,” said McRitchie.
“He’s very involved in our community and his business contributes in so many ways, he’s a great community supporter.”
Last summer, Acheson’s generosity reached beyond the borders of Airdrie when he organized a barbecue lunch for flood victims and Co-operators claims staff in High River; the staff at the Airdrie Co-operators took care of everything including purchasing a new barbecue and donating it to the High River office.
He said he relishes the opportunity to give back and the feeling of community that it brings, even in a rapidly growing city.
“It’s great to be in a city of 50,000 people but still feel like you’re in a small town,” he said.
“The more active we are in the community, the more we realize how small our city is – we end up working with friends, parents of our kids’ friends, business associates and clients at every event. We believe that giving back to our community is essential to our success in Airdrie, both personally and professionally.”
Along with the Rotary Club and Food Bank, Co-operators also supports the City’s bike safety program.
Despite the City’s rapid growth, Acheson says he doesn’t plan to change his involvement one bit.
“We’re always looking for ways to stay involved,” he said.
“You have to know how to leverage your staff so that you can be out there and taking advantage of every opportunity to volunteer and help out.”