Long-time Farmington city council member JoAnne McShane admits she was stunned by receiving this year's Walter Sundquist Humanitarian Award.
Named for the owner of , the award recognizes a member of the community who has dedicated "endless time and effort" to support the Miss Farmington program. It was presented during Wednesday's pageant, held at the .
"I was so incredibly honored and proud," McShane said, "but most of all, I was so stunned ot get such an award in my community ... I can't think of a better reward, I feel very blessed."
Mark Ziegler, Heeney-Sundquist managing partner, said Sundquist, who is now retired, has owned the funeral home for about 50 years. "He loves this community more than about anyone I know. His business model was one for years and years where giving back to the community was paramount."
Ziegler said the award is a way to recognize and show thanks to someone "who has profoundly helped others".
"For as long as I can remember, she has given selflessly to the improvement of Farmington through commitments and leadership positions," Ziegler said of McShane. He added that she has "made this community a great place to live, work and play."