Jack McKenzie Award presented to Bruce George
Tim Brody - Editor
Bruce George was awarded this year’s Jack McKenzie Memorial Award for outstanding volunteerism.
Presented annually by the Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout since 1992, the award recognizes selfless dedication to the community and its people.
The award, presented each year during the opening ceremonies of the Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival, is given out in memory of the late Jack McKenzie, who the Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout described as being, “an outstanding volunteer who, for many years, served on a wide variety of committees and organizations.”
George was recognized for the special touch he has put on the Christmas season over the last 40 years, bringing smiles to many.
“It is estimated that Bruce has touched the lives and hearts of thousands. He reflects the true spirit of Christmas with selflessness and giving in the truest form,” the Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout shared, summarizing George’s nomination.
Other nominees for this year’s award were Cathy Carpenter, Lynda Ducharme, Katie Positano and John Sprague.
Carpenter was nominated for volunteering at the hospital most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays over the past six years, organizing a free yoga class for everyone, including staff patients and community members.
Ducharme was nominated for working tirelessly for the betterment of abused, stray and in need animals in our community and surrounding area through the Sioux Looks Out For Paws animal rescue.
Positano was nominated for her work with the municipal environmental committee, being president of the Chamber of Commerce, working with the Sacred Heart School breakfast program, and the local gymnastics and figure skating clubs.
Sprague was nominated for his passion in helping to establish The Cedar Bay Trail Company, which maintains a multi-use trail for mountain biking, hiking and snowshoeing at Cedar Bay.