Rotary Club of Welland Opens Call for Paul Harris Award Nominations

It’s time once again to recognize leaders within our community that have distinguished themselves. The Rotary Club of Welland is asking you to identify leaders that have made a significant contribution to the communities of Welland or Port Colborne through their professional and/or personal achievements. The Paul Harris recipient goes above and beyond in serving our community through promoting change and understanding. 

The Rotary Club of Welland would like to honour these leaders with the distinguished Paul Harris Fellowship Award. To date, more than 100 Paul Harris’ have been awarded throughout our Club’s history to members from various not-for-profit, community and business sectors. Past recipients include Joe Barkovich (Media), Alison Brown (Retail), Gerry Bujold (Insurance), Freddie Farnham (Community), Carolyn Fast (Community and Not-For-Profit), Claire Masswohl (Community and Not-For-Profit), Rob Neill (Accounting), Douglas Rapelje (Community and Not-For-Profit), Roy Timms (Industrial), Paul Turner (Education and Community) and Lyn Russo (Education) to name a few. To learn more about the Paul Harris Award, please click here.

"I was so surprised to hear that I had won this prestigious award. The volunteering that I do is not for recognition but to give back to a community where my family works and lives. It was, however, an honour to be recognized with the Paul Harris Award”, shared Bunny Alexander, one of the 2017 Paul Harris Award recipients.

“This was one of the greatest honours I have received”, shared Douglas Rapelje, past Paul Harris Award recipient.

"Receiving the Paul Harris Award taught me that no act of goodwill is too little, and inspired me to be more deliberate in effecting positive change within my area of operation”, shared Kenny Gwena, one of the 2017 Paul Harris Award recipients.

Please nominate a distinguished leader for the Paul Harris Community Award by completing and submitting the application form (viewable here) and any support letters by Friday, May 18, 2018.  Nominations can be sent to

The Paul Harris Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at Casa Dante Italian Hall. More details about the ceremony can be found on our website.  For more information about the Welland Rotary Club, visit