Heritage Society Members Receive Freedom of the City

This October, two distinguished Heritage Society members received the honour of Freedom of the City from the City of Port Moody.  Both Mary Anne Cooper and Ron Curties have spent many years volunteering their time to make Port Moody a better place.  Only 12 other individuals have received this honour since it was established in Port Moody in 1971.

Mary Anne and Ron with Mayor Trasolini

Dr. Mary Anne Cooper’s dedication to heritage conservation cannot be understated. As a driving force behind establishing Ioco Ghost Town Days, she has worked tirelessly to protect the Ioco Town Site. She was an active member of the Heritage Commission for seven years, and has served on the Board of the Port Moody Heritage Society. “Mary Anne’s dedication to preserving our heritage is remarkable,” said Mayor Trasolini. “She has worked tirelessly to ensure Port Moody’s heritage is preserved.”

Mayor Trasolini continued, “I can’t imagine our city without Ron Curties’ many contributions. He is most deserving of Port Moody’s highest honour.” Ron has been on at least 26 civic committees, and has participated in several signature Port Moody festivals and events. Ioco Ghost Town Days, Golden Spike Days, the Terry Fox Run, the Port Moody Library Links to Literacy Annual Golf Tournament and the Port Moody Foundation have all benefited from Ron’s volunteer work.

“Mary Anne Cooper and Ron Curties are active long time Port Moody residents and volunteers who have donated thousands of hours to the betterment of the city,” said Councillor Gerry Nuttall in his nomination for the award. “These two very special people have dedicated decades to making Port Moody a better place and deserve to receive the Freedom of the City honour.”

We are thrilled to have such dedicated and accomplished members among us. Congratulations and thank you both for all you have done for Port Moody!


  1. Cynthia van Ginkel says:

    A well-deserved honour! Congratulations!

  2. These two people are true treasures to be sure. They add to the community and are important pillars to society. I know that many people have met either one of them or both because they are so active in the community and will recognize their contribution.
    These are definitely well-deserved honours for them!

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