Friday, January 31st, Rotarians gathered at the Crowne Plaza downtown Moncton to celebrate the 41st annual Charter Night for the Rotary Club of Moncton West and Riverview. President Andrew Friel welcomed guests to the Club including Rotary exchange students Welmoed Wessels from Holland and Ana Clara de Menezes Bezerra from Brazil, as well as Rtn. Kevin Duguay from Peterborough, Ontario and Assistant Governor 7810 Chuck Steeves from the Rotary Club of Moncton.

The highlight of the evening was hearing of the tremendous contributions to our community when four non-Rotarians were bestowed Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions for their efforts. 

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Nicole St.Laurent Ward was recognized for her role as an inspiration and champion for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. An outstanding volunteer in the community, St.Laurent Ward leads the Moncton FibroArthe Support Group, Chairs the Moncton Branch of the Arthritis Society, and participates in many United Way events.

Peter Butler was recognized for his leadership in the community as a Charter member of Moncton Headstart’s Children’s Charity Classic golf tournament organizing committee, as Director of the MetroTones Pop Chorus and past Director of two Barbershop choruses, as well as his past involvement with the Riverview Kinsmen and K-40 Clubs which supported many local charities.

Helen MacDonnell was recognized for her work with mental health after losing her brother 11 years ago. She gathered 54 women into her kitchen to talk about mental health and how to bring this illness to the public for open discussion. Women and Wellness events are now being held in 16 communities across the country with thousands of women raising over $1 million for the cause to date.

Charline Robichaud Manuel was recognized for her volunteer work in schools to spread the message of MADD after a tragic accident where a drunk driver almost took her life. After 76 days in the hospital and almost as many surgeries, she feels fortunate to be alive with her family. She has now made it her mission to tell her story to as many people as she can, travelling extensively throughout Eastern Canada, to warn about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Read the press release - Moncton West Riverview Charter Night Press Release