‘It’s the enjoyment of helping people … I feel we are to reach out to others’
BROOKFIELD – A well-known Brookfield resident has received a special community award.
Brookfield’s Lyle Carter was surprised to be given an Eagle Award on Monday night. The honour was presented to Carter by the Brookfield Men’s Club for his numerous years of dedication and volunteerism in the community. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
Lyle Carter is the recipient of the Brookfield Men's Club Eagle Award, which is given annually to a resident who exemplifies dedication and volunteer service in the community during a number of years.
Carter was shocked to receive the honour, which was presented on Monday night during the club’s gathering at Knox United Church in which members paid special tribute to women in the community. Carter was a guest speaker at the event.
“I was in a state of shock. I was very, very honoured. I grew up with these people. I really respect these people and to have them give it to me really meant a lot,” Carter, 69, told the Truro Daily News on Tuesday.
Carter said he can’t imagine not being a volunteer.
“It’s the enjoyment of helping people. It comes down to a person’s beliefs. I have a strong belief in Christ and faith and I feel we are to reach out to others,” said Carter, who volunteers at Brookfield Baptist Church, visits area seniors, assists with the Brookfield Memorial School’s breakfast program, and a KD lunch program, to name a few. Throughout the years, he has also supported the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex and Christian sports initiatives in various ways, visited people in the hospital and has been guest speaker at numerous community events for many years.
Rev. Frank Locke with the Brookfield Baptist Church presented Carter with the award in front of about 100 people, who reportedly responded with a lengthy standing ovation. Locke said Carter was an obvious choice for the award.
“Lyle is very friendly; people all over the county know him. He’s very kind and considerate of people … Lyle is a citizen who we recognize as a good Brookfielder,” said Locke, who is a member of the men’s club and a former club president.