It’s official. Kitimat’s Doug Wilson has bragging rights to his new title of Canada’s Greatest Local Legend.
The moniker is courtesy the marketing department of Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse, and the result of a nation-wide, three-month long contest aimed at celebrating those who contribute to the vitality and spirit of their communities. More than 500 entries were shortlisted to six finalists, of which Wilson won with an overwhelming spread, 42.7 per cent of the 8,100 votes.
The win entitles the 6’4” Wilson to a grand prize package that includes his height in steaks.
In a statement Mr. Mikes said the Kitimat native beat out the competition with a history of putting the community first as a volunteer firefighter and live-in dispatcher. His work as a hockey coach and a career with the Kitimat Ice Demons undoubtedly helped secure his popularity with Canadian voters.
At press time, Wilson was scheduled to be crowned during a VIP ceremony at Mr. Mike’s restaurant in Kitimat Sept. 7.
Other nominees included a mental health advocate, a leather maker, an avid fundraiser and his sidekick dog and an athlete, trainer and coach among many others.
“We were so touched by all of the amazing nominations that were submitted and just how many local legends there were doing such remarkable things in their communities,” said Darian Newstead, senior marketing manager of Mr. Mike’s SteakhouseCasual.
“With all communities rallying to ensure their local legend was crowned, it was a race to the very end, with Canada voting to officially award Doug with the coveted title. Doug is a true inspiration and this highlights just how much his community and Canada values him.”