Hughes salutes Rotarians in the House of Commons
February 15th, 2011 - 3:00am
OTTAWA – Volunteer organizations are important in all communities and even more so in Northern Ontario, according to Carol Hughes.
During Members’ Statements just before question period today, the Member of Parliament for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing rose in parliament to pay tribute to the Rotary Club in Wawa, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.
“Rotarians are involved with programs that deliver on both the local and international level; as exemplified by their campaign to eradicate polio,” said Hughes. “Their motto is ‘Service above Self,’ something I was able to witness first-hand.”
Hughes visited with Rotarians in Wawa this past weekend as they hosted close to a hundred Youth Exchange Program participants.
“The young people who came to Wawa from all over the world spent a day doing leadership training before taking part in a ‘Fun in the Snow Day’, where many were able to experience things like snowshoeing and ice-fishing for the first time,” Hughes told the Commons.
The Wawa chapter is part of International District 6290, which also includes a club in Blind River and joins District 7010, with clubs in Elliot Lake, Chapleau, Kapuskasing, Gore Bay and Hearst, in serving the communities of Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing.
“Community service is important everywhere, but in small town Northern Ontario it is the bed-rock that these places are built on,” said Hughes. “I salute the Wawa Rotary Club and all volunteer groups in the North for doing important work and bringing their communities closer in the process.”