Campbell River Daybreak Rotary honoured two special guests during their weekly Wednesday morning meeting on June 1 at the Maritime Heritage Centre. Tami Ness and Hazen Taylor were awarded Paul Harris Award Fellowships. This honour acknowledges tremendous ‘service above self’ for community members whose dedication to supporting others truly impacts lives in a positive way as “People of Action.”
Hazen and Tami are known to many local residents for their involvement with the Salvation Army Kettle program. For the past 13 years, they have been coordinating Kettle Volunteer schedules, gathering community contributions, and providing a very welcome cup of hot chocolate to kettle volunteers, especially on those blustery December days.
The Salvation Army Kettle program involves eight locations operating from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. every week, day and Saturday, in two-hour shifts for a full six weeks from mid-November to Christmas. Pastor Violet of the Salvation Army describes both Tami and Hazen as “absolutely amazing” and hints that they won’t be able to retire until she does!
As Norm Facey’s year as Daybreak Rotary president draws to a close, he wanted to ensure Daybreak Rotary was able to acknowledge Tami and Hazen’s longstanding contribution. “Community members like Hazen and Tami make a difference to the quality of life in Campbell River.”
Campbell River Daybreak Rotary members have assisted in the program for the past twelve years by providing volunteers for two kettle shifts daily during kettle season. “It’s our way of partnering with other very caring and supportive community organizations,” added President Norm. “There are many remarkable volunteers in this community who give of their time to make a difference.”
Last year the Salvation Army Kettle program raised $107,862.50. These donations help fund the Salvation Army Lighthouse program, which provides a much-needed lunch program and other supports for many in need.