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The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty

2017-18 Mentor Award

In the fall of each year, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty honours a member of the Island Community who through exemplary contributions and service to society fulfils the distinction of being a mentor to our club, its members and society as a whole. The recipient is not a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. Mentors have been a significant influence on the lives of others by the commitment they have demonstrated to their profession over the years.

The Process of nominating a Mentor

Recognize a Mentor

Mentors play an important role in Island life. Mentors encourage and motivate others through their inspirational example as leaders in their vocation, coaches, volunteers, and supporters. Each year, since 1989, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty has honoured an Islander who, through their vocational contributions and service to society, fulfill the distinction of being a mentor to our Club, its members and society as a whole.


The recipient of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Mentor Award is: Not a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty; An individual who has held a position of senior responsibility in their vocation and/or as a senior leader in a community advisory role; A person who has been a positive influence on the lives and/or careers of others through their commitment and excellence; An individual who demonstrates the ideals of Rotary in their vocation and/or community work: i.e. Rotary’s Motto: “Service above Self” An individual who, in their vocation and/or community work, exemplifies the ideals of Rotary as stated in Rotary’s 4 Way Test of the things we think, say and do: Is it the Truth? Will it be fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Willing to stand for nomination and participate in the celebration event that recognizes their contributions. Note: Posthumous nominations will also be accepted.

Selection Process

All Islanders are encouraged to submit a nomination (form attached) recognizing a mentor in their vocation and/or community. Nominations will be assessed by a committee of members of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Rotary and will be based on the submitted written nomination package. Late or incomplete nomination packages and illegible forms will not be reviewed. All nominee names are held in strict confidence. If a nominee is not selected, their name may be carried forward for consideration by the selection panel for three years. The award will be presented during a special evening event providing an opportunity for Rotarians, family and friends of the recipient and former Club Mentors to join us in celebrating their contribution. To submit a nomination fill out the annexed Nomination Form and send it together with all supporting documentation to: Committee Chair David Hooley at or by fax 902- 566-2639. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 27, 2017

Tip Sheet for Nominating a Mentor

Nomination Form

In Word Format - Download, fill in, save to your computer and email In PDF Format - Print & fill in manually In Fillable PDF Format (can be filled out online, saved to your computer and e-mailed to

2016-17 Mentor Award

The 2016-17 award was presented to Dr. Lawson Drake, Mentor to UPEI Students & Faculty.

Dr. Lawson Drake

On many fronts, Dr. Lawson Drake is a worthy recipient of the Mentor Award of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. He has been a superb teacher and motivator of young people; he has been a church elder and served his community in other ways as an author, historian and conservationist; and he has been an avid supporter of genealogy and Scottish folk music. However, the focus of this award is his teaching and administrative roles at the University of Prince Edward Island. Lawson was a biology professor at Prince of Wales College when it went from being a two year college program to four year degree granting program. The small university turned out its first and only degree class in 1969. The Province created UPEI and stopped funding St. Dunstan’s University and PWC, essentially forcing faculty and students to become part of the new institution when classes started in September, 1969. Emotions were high. The Catholics and Protestants were now going to be in the same school. Because of his credibility, Lawson was selected as the first chair of the UPEI Biology Department and undertook the huge job of melding its students and faculty into one unit and helping to blend the two sets of courses into one curriculum. He remained as chair during those first critical seven years of the new university. During this time, Lawson was not only a mentor to the many students he taught, but acted as a mentor to the faculty and brought them together as a team. Lawson later became Dean of Science and he chaired the transition committee leading to the creation of the School of Nursing at UPEI. He was also a staunch supporter of the Atlantic Veterinary College and helped mentor the founding faculty, welcoming and orienting them to the university. He has been recognized as one of the “Founders of the University of PEI” and received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal. In his years of teaching, Dr. Drake helped turn out excellent graduates who went on to careers in in biological research, teaching, nursing, dentistry and medicine. Some rose to national prominence. Dr. Drake has long had interest in imparting information to the general public including nature related stories on CBC Radio about insects and spiders. During his six years on the Science Council of Canada, Lawson chaired the Council’s study on Science Education in Canada. In retirement, he was a generous contributor to the monthly newsletter Voice for Island Seniors, an insert in local newspapers. Both Lawson and his wife Eileen served as excellent mentors for their children, John and Carolyn, who have followed in their parents’ footsteps and are highly respected in their careers and in the community. Lawson demonstrates the ideals expressed in Rotary’s Motto and in the Rotary 4 Way Test of the things we say and do. As an exceptionally strong mentor for university students and faculty, Dr. Drake is someone we are pleased to honour as the recipient of our Mentor Award.
Previous Royalty Rotary Club Mentors 1989-1990 - Leta Andrew - Mentor to the Tourism Industry of P.E.I. 1990-1991 - Stephen P. Connolly Sr. - Mentor to Senior Citizens of P.E.I. 1991-1992 - Walt Wheeler - Mentor to Tourism and Senior Citizens. 1992-1993 - James Tesky - Mentor to Youth, Veterans and Seniors. 1993-1994 - Dr. J.H. O'Hanley - Mentor to the Medical Community and Children of P.E.I. 1994-1995 - Mary B. Coady - Mentor to Youth, the Sick and Needy 1995-1996 - Carter W. MacKenzie - Mentor to Family, Friends and the Community 1996-1997 - Helen MacDonald - Mentor to Education and Women 1997-1998 - Father Charlie Cheverie - Mentor to Education and Community 1998-1999 - Dr. William Temple Hooper - Mentor to the Medical Community and Oncology 1999-2000 - Father Francis Bolger - Mentor to University Education and PEI History 2000-2001 - Sybil Cutcliffe - Mentor to Community, Youth and Handicapped 2001-2002 - Hesta MacDonald - Mentor to Education and the Community. 2002-2003 - Dr. Kent Ellis - Mentor to Medicine and Community 2003-04 - Mr. Len Sirois - Mentor to Youth 2004-05 - Mr. Frank Ledwell - Mentor to University Education and Literature. 2005-06 - Rev. Ross Howard - Mentor to Community. 2006-07 - Dr. Ian MacQuarrie - Mentor to University Education and the Environment. 2007-08 - Dr. Bernice Bell - Mentor to Gerontology. 2008-09 - Dr. Margaret Munro - Mentor to Nursing and Education. 2009-10 - Marlene Bryanton - Mentor to Community, Youth and Handicapped. 2010-11 - Dr. Bud Ings - Mentor to Veterinary Medicine, and the Community. 2011-12 - Errol Laughlin - Mentor to his community and to military history. 2012-13 - Barbara Mullaly - Mentor in Athletic Administration and Wellness. 2012-13 - Dr. Donald Glendenning - Mentor in Education and Innovation. 2012-13 - Catherine Hennessey - Mentor in Heritage Protection and Preservation. 2013-14 - Albert 'Ab' Ferris Mentor to Accounting, Education and Public Service 2014-15 - Hon. Catherine Callbeck - Mentor to Women in Business and Politics. 2015-16 - Elizabeth Reagh - Mentor in Family / Elder Mediation and Law. 2016-17 - Lawson Drake - Mentor to UPEI Students & Faculty

Nomination Package Checklist

□ Nominee section (who you are nominating) □ Nominator section (your contact information) □ Reason for nomination □ Include or attach letters of support or other materials □ Email, fax or deliver the package by the required date announced in the fall of 2017. The Mentor Award is presented at a Club dinner meeting at the Delta Hotel in the late fall of each year
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Business Advertising Supplement For the past 28 years the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty has produced a photographic business advertising supplement that has been distributed throughout the province through the Island's major newspapers. Producing over 35,000 copies each year has virtually guaranteed distribution to every Island home.   The project, while complex in some regards, is simple to understand in theory. The members of our Club act as salespeople in the community and as such, they sell advertising space for an all inclusive price to businesses, organizations and individuals. The one price charged is competitive with what an ad would cost for a single day inserted in the major papers. In addition, the photography, design and production is also included in this price which makes the cost very attractive.   This is truly a Win-Win-Win project in that the advertiser is receiving true advertising value for less than market cost, the newspapers who gratefully accept this publication for distribution are paid a fee for its insertion and, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty raises money through having a volunteer sales staff and keeping overhead to an absolute minimum.   The only real costs associated with the project are design, photography, printing and insertion. Due to the fact that there are no staff involved in the co-ordination of the project, it is a lucrative means by which to raise the needed funds for Rotary's various projects. Above all, the businesses participating in the Annual Supplement are to be commended for their ongoing support of this project and Rotary in general.   The supplement appears in the Island newspapers in the spring of each year and the sales campaign for the following year begins shortly after. Photographs are generally taken in the summer.
If you would like to be contacted for an ad in the 2018 edition, send us an e-mail to . Or, other ways you can take out an ad for 2018: Fill in the Fillable Contract form online, save it to your computer and then e-mail it to . A Rotary club member will then contact you. Or.......... Download a manual contract form, print it, fill it out and mail it to The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty P.O. Box 3340, Charlottetown PE C1A 8M5