Involved in Pine Lake Sand and Gravel, a family business since 1960, Mrs. Munro was a part of a husband-wife team that built their successful aggregate processing business in the Central Alberta region. When her husband passed away in 1984, after a lengthy illness, she added her husband’s work to her own. Her son became very involved with the business and the two of them worked together until her son’s untimely death in 1991. This amazing Woman of Excellence demonstrated superior courage with that loss as she also had to endure forced legal shut down of the company during the settlement of the estate. At age 74, she restructured the company and begun operating it on her own, hiring some of her son’s former employees. Now– at age 91– this Woman of Excellence continues to operate this business. She works 8-10 hour days running the office and the production operations.
Among many other things, Mrs. Munro has been involved with the Delburne and Red Deer East 4H Clubs, has sponsored the Delburne Rodeo, donates to the Pine Lake Anglican church to assist with the maintenance of the grounds and the cemetery, volunteers and donates to the Pine Lake Hub community centre, is an active member of the Pine Lake Women’s Institute, supports the Clean Lake Society at Pine Lake, and worked tirelessly to try to prevent the landfill that was built near Pine Lake because she was concerned about the possible pollution to ground water and to a stream that empties into Pine Lake.
Mildred has demonstrated pioneer spirit and courage throughout her life. She finds time for family, friends, and volunteer work. Her ability to handle adversity and difficult situations while maintaining a positive focus is an inspiration for women everywhere. Her company is family oriented and she treats her employees with respect and consideration, allowing them flexibility and time off for family related events or difficulties.
She is extremely reliable, considerate and honest in business and in her personal relationships. She demonstrates that you don’t have to be “tough” to operate successfully in a male-dominated industry. Prompt, courteous service and a quality product that the company stands behind have kept her in business for 49 years!
As one of the letters of support for her nomination says…” in a work world of men, Mildred Munro showed that a woman can do what needs to be done to run a successful business, to contribute to the community and to do so without compromising her femininity. She truly has “broken new ground” and dissolved “old barriers” in a quiet, effective, and lasting way”.