The Rotary Club of Chatham Sunrise is pleased and honoured to announce Mr. Bruce Cockburn has been presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award for Community Service.
Mr. Bruce Cockburn is awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Community Award by Sunrise Rotarians Glenn Smith, John Schinkel and president Ken Bechard.
The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions, who exemplify the highest ideal in Rotary by placing “Service Above Self".
This honour accompanies a donation of $1,000 in Mr. Cockburn's name to Rotary International’s Annual Program Fund, which supports Rotary’s world-wide programs.
Bruce is widely known to Chatham-Kent as the long-time owner of Chatham Bowlerama. What is not as widely known, however, is the good works Bruce does silently in the background.
Bruce has been volunteering with ROCK Missions for the past few years on an outreach program for the homeless in our town. Outreach means Bruce seeks out the most vulnerable of the homeless in C-K to make sure their basic needs are being met.
Put simply - he goes to where the homeless are. Over the years Bruce has gone from making sandwiches and delivering food to now bringing all manner of life-saving supplies from clothing to meds to shelter and much more.
He's built a touching and sincere relationship with his friends as he calls them affectionately. They look forward to seeing him and know he has their best interests in his heart.
Sunrise Rotary could not be more proud to present this award to a most-deserving and humble man. Thank you Mr. Bruce Cockburn for your selfless and invaluable service to the community of Chatham-Kent.
Mr. Bruce Cockburn addressing Sunrise Rotarians after receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship award.