Former Mayor's medals passed on
James Kostuchuk (left) presents mayor Irvine Ferris with late mayor Ian MacKenzie's WWII medals at Tuesday's council meeting. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic)
A former mayor's gift to the city.
Ian MacKenzie has a long list of things he's done in Portage la Prairie including publisher, reporter, and even Mayor, and his legacy will live on in the form of his WWII medals displayed at City Hall.
“MacKenzie served in the Second World War and after his passing James Kostuchuk came into his medals and he presented them to the city,” says Portage Mayor, Irvine Ferris. “MacKenzie came to the community during the second world war and had a successful business carreer, then went on to serve in many volunteer organizations.”
MacKenzie also served a number of terms on council including at least two as the mayor as the city. Ferris says he called city hall a second home as he was very fond of the staff that worked there and the people he served with.
“These medals will be returned to his second home,” adds Ferris. “We'll find a place to display them here at city hall so people can view them and remember him.”