Our Bob Blacker attends Rideau Hall to receive a Meritorious Service Medal for his work with Rotary, Government House and First Nation’s communities.

Presentation of Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division)
June 21, 2017

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) to 49 recipients from various sectors across the country on Friday, June 23, 2017 during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. On this occasion, the Governor General will present 13 Meritorious Service Crosses and 36 Meritorious Service Medals. Included amongst the honoured recipients is Huntly Wynd’s Bob Blacker for his work with Rotary, Government House and First Nation’s communities.

The Meritorious Service Decorations were established to recognize the extraordinary people who make Canada proud. Their acts are often innovative, set an example or model for others to follow, or respond to a particular challenge faced by a community.

The best candidates are those who inspire others through their motivation to find solutions to specific and pressing needs or provide an important service to their community or country.

Bob is being honoured for his contributions to the Write to Read Project which delivers books, libraries, computers, tablets & high speed Internet connections to remote First Nation communities in BC.

Using computers The Write to Read Project BC is and equal partnership between participating indigenous communities, Rotarians, Government House and the volunteers of the Write to Read Team. It brings together people who have an interest in increasing literacy equity through access to literacy materials for rural and remote indigenous communities. It is about building relationships between urban professionals and rural Indigenous communities through shared power; it is about working with and by building a foundation of honesty based on the principals of equity that builds trust in the pursuit of social justice.

The Write to Read Project is an original initiative of former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Steven L. Point and his aide de camp Bob Blacker a past District Governor of Rotary District 5040; it has been continued by Her Honour Judith Guichon and is now a permanent project of the Government House Foundation. Local Rotary Clubs work with urban Rotary Clubs to secure donations and raise revenue required to pay for the essentials, including literacy materials appropriate for all ages, with the focus on books and technologies, like computers or tablets, for online learning for youth. They also work with donors and sponsors to include works by and about Indigenous people and culture.

Please join me in extending well deserved congratulations to Bob for this prestigious honour. Bob, I salute you for this significant contribution to First Nation’s communities.

Contributed by: Rob – Unit 75