Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout accepting nominations for Jack McKenzie Award
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
The Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout is asking the community to nominate dedicated volunteers as candidates for the Jack McKenzie Memorial Award.
Nominations are being accepted until July 13 at 4:00 p.m., and the Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout said they still plan on announcing the winner during the annual Blueberry Festival opening ceremonies, similar to year’s past, whether that’s a physical ceremony with social distancing or a virtual ceremony this year.
“The Jack McKenzie Memorial Award was first presented by the Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout in 1992 and is presented annually to a local resident "in recognition of selfless dedication to the community and its people". The award is in memory of the late Jack McKenzie, an outstanding volunteer who, for many years, served on a wide variety of committees and organizations. The award is usually presented during the Opening Ceremony of the Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival,” the Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout informed in a media release on June 19.
“A nominee will meet all of the following criteria in order to be considered eligible: Must have resided in Sioux Lookout or the surrounding area for at least the preceding 12 month period from the award presentation date. This year we expect to make the presentation July 31; May not be a current Rotarian; Must not have received remuneration for any service(s) performed considered to be a part of the nomination; Has actively volunteered during the preceding twelve month period from the award presentation date,” the release continued.
Previous recipients of the Jack McKenzie Memorial Award have included: 1992 - Margaret Atwood, 1993 - Rose Caswell, 1994 - Jack Carroll, 1995 - June Wallace, 1996 - Ella Williams, 1997 - Les Johnston, 1998 - Marnie Hoey, 1999 - Beth Daley, 2000 - Wally Glena, 2001 - Emma Bowes, 2002 - Muriel Anderson and Wayne C. Pearen, 2003 - Paul Brown, 2004 - Mario Facca, 2005 - Rachel George, 2006 - John D.Cole, 2007 - Jack Reek, 2008 - Attilio Durante, 2009 - Christine Hoey, 2010 - Eileen Jefferies, 2011 - Sandra Lockhart, 2012 - Althea George, 2013 - Peggy Sanders, 2014 - Gail Roy, 2015 - Florence Woolner, Terry Lynne Jewell, Aileen Urquhart, and Faith Ferre, 2016 - Michela Pauselli Salter, 2017 - Nordic Nomads Ski Club - Ron Laverty and John Davies, 2018 - Bruce George, 2019 – Ron Lemmon.
Nomination forms are available on the Rotary website portal.clubrunner.ca/992 and their Facebook page facebook.com/rotaryclubofsiouxlookout. Paper copies will be available at the Travel Information Centre and Fresh Market Foods. For more information, email [email protected].