Tina Petrow feels purpose in spending her time developing arts and culture in Airdrie.

Petrow has been a city councillor in Airdrie since 2017, but her commitment to volunteerism has spanned many years.

“My mom was someone who gave back all the time,” says Petrow.

“Volunteering was just something that we grew up with. Arts and culture, I feel, are extremely undervalued in society. To be able to enhance people’s quality of life and support people where we can, it is very important that all of us are doing it.”

Petrow moved to Airdrie in 2012 and started volunteering with the Airdrie Festival of Lights, even sitting on its Board of Directors. She has volunteered with the Airdrie Food Bank, Airdrie Boys and Girls Club, Mayor’s Night of the Arts, Rocky View Schools, and has even helped run the Pirate and Princess Gala every February with the Sober Friends Society.

Petrow is also the event director for the Airdrie Health Foundation Gala and a member of the Airdrie Arts & Culture Assessment Committee.

“Tina spends so much time engaging with our community, I never know where she finds the time,” says nominator Elizabeth Hall.

“She brings an amazing energy, and she isn’t afraid to show her passion and emotions of how much she truly cares for the city we live in.”