When Morris Flewwelling was first elected to Red Deer city council in 1974, the city was a dot on the map, a weigh station between Calgary and Edmonton. In 2013, as he prepares to leave office after serving three terms as the city’s mayor, it’s grown into an economically vibrant and increasingly cosmopolitan city, and one that MoneySense magazine ranked last year as one the 10 best places to live in Canada (ahead of Edmonton and Calgary). That accolade is in part a reflection of the work Flewwelling has done to make Red Deer more livable and culturally diverse, a record that was honoured last year with a 2012 Alberta Museums Association Lieutenant Governor’s Award. But despite the accolades his city has received and the success he’s enjoyed, Flewwelling isn’t taking a victory lap during his final year in the mayor’s chair. He’s has been front and centre in the city’s efforts to celebrate its 100th anniversary, and in April helped unveil a widely acclaimed permanent exhibit of the region’s history at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. The next mayor of Red Deer will have a lot to live up to, it seems.