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Club Events:  Paul Harris Fellowship Award Night - April 16, 2015

On April 16th the Rotary Club of Dartmouth bestowed one of Rotary's highest awards to two worthy community member - The Paul Harris Felowship Award.

Dr. Carolyn Thomas

Dr. Thomas has been giving back to her community all of her adult life. She is a motivator and leader in efforts to broaden opportunities for Black Women in employment, business, and other organizations. Her efforts as a human rights activist helped lead to the establishment of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and was the first official Affirmative Action Practioner in Canada . She is a founder of the Mary Preston Historical Society, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the historical and contemporary contributions of women.

A former schoolteacher, she is often a guest lecturer at post-secondary institutions and other levels within the educational arena. She has organized and presented workshops and conferences on race relations, affirmative action and employment equity on a local, municipal, provincial, international level. She co-developed a graduate level curriculum on: “Counseling in a Multi-cultural Context”. – Acadia Divinity School, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She received a Honourary Doctor of Divinity from Acadia University.

Dr. Carolyn Thomas has conducted many seminars and workshops and developed community development plans for communities. She has served on many Boards and is deeply involved in historical research on people of African descent and is currently working on a publication, connecting Nova Scotia descendants to their ancestors who came to this province via the Underground Railway. She is also the owner and operator of Black Heritage Tours Inc.

Ralph MacKenzie

Ralph MacKenzie is a tremendously committed community volunteer and ambassador for community development and community spirit in Dartmouth.

Ralph is a retired school teacher, and a member of the Eric Graves Junior High School Advisory Council. He volunteers with the Cole Harbour Farm Museum, Margaret’s House, the Stairs Memorial United Food Bank, and is on the board of The Public Good Society and has been active on the board of the Freedom Foundation for about the past four year. He assisted the Public Good Society of Dartmouth purchase of the Dartmouth North Community Van which provides support to members/clients with barriers to transportation. Even with challenges, specifically the successful treatment of cancer, Ralph never let go of his vision to have a community van in place to support community organizations aid in transportation for their clients and members. Currently, the community van is used by numerous community organizations, specifically Freedom Foundation, Stairs Memorial Food Bank, First Baptist Food Bank, Christ Church Food Bank, The Family Resource Center, Connections Dartmouth and Alice Housing (all non-profit community based groups in Dartmouth). Ralph is a regular driver of the Van. He is also a recipient of the Queens Jubilee Medal.

His dedication to supporting the Dartmouth community and working together with partners to make life easier for people who have few resources to access services, find employment, and to build relationships, is remarkable. 


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Ralph MacKenzie & Dr. Carolyn Thomas receive their fellowship award from District Governor     Stella Roy.

The recipient address the gathering
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