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"When I was involved, in any meetings that we had, it was Fred that always spoke softly, but he swung a big stick, and I think anybody who lives in Taylor knows that," said Senator Neufeld. "He deserves a lot of credit for what he's done for us in the northeast part of the province of British Columbia, especially in this community of Taylor."

A resident of Taylor for over 40 years, Jarvis has been involved in municipal politics since 1977, and has served as mayor since 1986. He has also been involved as a Director with the Peace River Regional District for over 25 years, and is an Elder at the Taylor Community Church. MP Zimmer read from the letter submitted nominating Jarvis for the award, which is given to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
 
"He is an extremely thoughtful individual, who views everyone's opinions ideas equally as important as their neighbour's, and strives to strike a balance between the two," he read. "Mayor Jarvis believes that by working together, local government can affect change and better serve for a greater good."
 
While his work for the community stands on its own, many acknowledged the importance of the support he's received from his wife of 39 years and his three children.
 
"Any one of the people here that have been in politics know that you have to have an understanding partner, or it just doesn't work," argues Neufeld. "To you, Judy, thank you for all that you did and all you put up with with Fred."
 
Jarvis was surprised by one of his daughters and her husband making the trip from Edmonton to be there, and thanked his whole family for their constant support.  He says he is humbled by the award, and appreciative of all the staff that work with him.
 
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