THE GREATER DURAND Area Chamber of Commerce announced during its annual awards dinner on Thursday, April 19 that Pat Post is the 2018 Citizen of the Year. Pat has been a member of the Rotary Club of Durand since 2007, and she previously served as the Greater Durand Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, a position she held following her retirement from CN Railroad after 44 years of service. She worked as a member of the US Executive Vice President’s team, also serving as the chairperson of the Y2K disaster recovery team. She is currently the Rotary International District 6310 Governor, after having served as assistant governor, district governor-nominee and district governor-elect.
Somehow, despite all of her accomplishments and charitable efforts, Pat did not expect this recognition. “It was shocking; I couldn’t believe it, really,” shared Pat when asked how she reacted to being named the 2018 Citizen of the Year. “After working for so many years in Flint, Detroit and Chicago, I kind of felt like an outsider, so this really pleased me. This is a real treat.”
While receiving the Citizen of the Year award is one of the more rewarding honors of Pat’s career, it is not the only big award she has received. In 2003, she was awarded the CN President’s Award for Excellence for assisting in developing new Safety Rules books to be used by all operating employees. She was also honored that same year as Woman of the Year by the National Association of Railway Business Women for mentoring women in railroading. Pat was then honored by her peers as the 2003 Railroad Person of the Year.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)