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The Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow values service above self. People who have helped the international community could be eligible for an award.
“One of our cornerstones is international projects,” said Gayle Jones, Rotary president elect. “It’s one of our pillars of Rotary and so we thought that Global Service Above Self fostered that idea of international service, both at home and abroad.”
The club is calling for nominations for the third annual Globe Service Above Self Award. Nominees must have lived in Moose Jaw for at least two years and the service must be either ongoing or finished within the last two years. If the nominee’s work deals with cultural groups, the actions must go beyond regular work duties.
“It could be a person or group and they will either have done work in our community to foster cross-cultural awareness, working with immigrant families or maybe done something to help … refugee people become more familiar with our way of life or something like that,” said Jones.
“The other one would be if they’ve done some work in another country. For example, we had one person win for doing work in Ghana, water wells in Ghana and we had another one win for his SIAST students building schools in Burma.”
The 2013 winners were Amnesty International for the work they do around the world and Allan Atsu for his work with the International Charity for Africa (ICA) and volunteer work with the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council, according to the club’s Facebook page.
In 2012, the winners were Reg Forbes and Howard and Carole Parchman. Forbes founded Students Helping Students in 2002 at SIAST Palliser Campus and his program provided assistance and other volunteer work with the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council.
Carole Parchman works with International Children’s Awareness with her late husband Howard. The couple’s work including raising funds for a Romanian orphanage they visited five times in six years.
Jones said nominees don’t have to be a Rotary member as long as they meet the criteria.
She added the club used to have a business awards recognizing local businesses. However, when the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce came out with the Moose Jaw Business Excellence Awards (MJBEX) and did “such a good job,” she said the club decided to “honour “people who do good in the international community at home
"We were looking at who else could we honour and we thought, well people who do good in the international community at home and abroad would be a good person to honour. So that’s why in the last three years we’ve switched to Global Service Above Self Award.”
The nomination deadline is March 31. The award will be presented at a dinner on April 14 at 6 p.m. at the Heritage Inn.
For nomination forms or tickets to the dinner, contact Jones at 306-693-4514 or any other club member.
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