Updated: Jan 31, 2020
Date: Wed. Feb. 5, 2020
Location: Kenmore Community Club
Join your Kenmore friends to honor Brent Smith at the 19th annual presentation of the McMaster Award!
Brent has lived in the Kenmore community for more than 30 years and has worked for two decades as a realtor and appraiser.
Brent was nominated by fellow community members and leaders, with the final selection made by the Kenmore Heritage Society board of directors.
Brent has been an active volunteer tirelessly serving his community. Over the years he has:
Volunteered in the Northshore School’s PACE program
Coached baseball through Kenmore Little League, football through Inglemoor Vikings Junior football, and basketball for the Northshore Youth Basketball Association
Worked to provide active recreational spaces throughout Kenmore and the greater area
Contributed toward the redevelopment of fields at the Bastyr University campus, St. Edward State Park, Moorlands ball field and the addition of the full basketball court at Rhododendron Park
Has supported various charity organizations including Hope-link and Mary’s Place
Worked with State Parks to develop a long term plan for St. Edward State Park
Served eight years on the Kenmore City Council
John McMaster, for whom the award is named, came to the Northwest from his hometown of Kenmore, Ontario, in 1889, joining his brother in the shingle industry. He operated mills in both Skagit and Snohomish counties before moving his shingle business to this area.
On January 1, 1901, he joined Chris Kruse in erecting a mill here, naming it McMaster Shingle Mill. With incorporation of his business there was a need to identify the area, so on January 10, 1901, he named this area Kenmore after his Canadian hometown, which in turn had been named for Kenmore, Scotland.