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Former grocer, community advocate to receive prestigious Rotary award

Roger Ryan
Roger Ryan

TRURO, N.S. – Longtime Truro businessman Roger Ryan has been selected for this year’s Community Service Award by the Rotary Club of Truro.

The award is the club’s most senior recognition of a non-Rotarian and is presented to a deserving citizen from Colchester County who has provided outstanding service through volunteer work and/or financial support to organizations and individuals in the community.

“It was quite a surprise to me,” Ryan said of being named for the award. “I’m pleased and honoured and I’m quite appreciative of the Rotary Club.”

Ryan is to receive his award during the club’s 91st anniversary of its Charter Night, Feb. 16 at the Best Western Glengarry. Social time is 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7.

Charter Night is the club’s forum to present its annual awards.

This year’s other recipients include: Adam Wyllie, Rotarian of the Year, and Wayne Gillis, Avenues of Service Award.

The Rotarian of the Year award is for outstanding service to the club and Rotary over the past year while the Avenues of Service award is for outstanding service to the club over multiple years in all five avenues of service: Club; Vocational; Community; International; and Youth Service.

The Paul Harris Fellow is a Rotary International recognition awarded to individuals who have contributed US$1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. This year’s Fellows are: David Mills, Jim Gould, and Adam Wyllie.

Guest speaker for the evening will be Rick Janega, president and CEO of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador, who will be providing an overview of Emera and his role in it, which includes the Maritime link project.

A second guest, Peter Baylis, Canada 150 Anthem Singer, will lead off the night’s events. Baylis has set a goal of singing the national anthem 150 times this year to celebrate Canada 150.

Tickets for the event are $46 (including HST). Anyone interested in obtaining tickets can contact Kevin Quinlan at 902-895-2813, or visit the Rotary Club website at http://rotarycluboftruro.ca/event/charter-night-at-the-glengarry/  .

Roger Ryan

Born and raised in Truro he graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

Following graduation he joined his father, Jack Ryan, in the family owned grocery business, Ryan’s IGA, which was started by his grandfather, L. A. Ryan, in the early 1900s.

Ryan purchased the grocery store from his father in 1976 and the real estate (which housed the grocery store) in 1979. Over the next 30 years he developed the real estate business with the purchase of several other commercial buildings in Truro.

For many years Ryan’s IGA sponsored numerous school and community sports teams and their tournaments.

He has also been involved in many other community and church groups and organizations in the area and once served three years as town councillor.

The award is the club’s most senior recognition of a non-Rotarian and is presented to a deserving citizen from Colchester County who has provided outstanding service through volunteer work and/or financial support to organizations and individuals in the community.

“It was quite a surprise to me,” Ryan said of being named for the award. “I’m pleased and honoured and I’m quite appreciative of the Rotary Club.”

Ryan is to receive his award during the club’s 91st anniversary of its Charter Night, Feb. 16 at the Best Western Glengarry. Social time is 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7.

Charter Night is the club’s forum to present its annual awards.

This year’s other recipients include: Adam Wyllie, Rotarian of the Year, and Wayne Gillis, Avenues of Service Award.

The Rotarian of the Year award is for outstanding service to the club and Rotary over the past year while the Avenues of Service award is for outstanding service to the club over multiple years in all five avenues of service: Club; Vocational; Community; International; and Youth Service.

The Paul Harris Fellow is a Rotary International recognition awarded to individuals who have contributed US$1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. This year’s Fellows are: David Mills, Jim Gould, and Adam Wyllie.

Guest speaker for the evening will be Rick Janega, president and CEO of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador, who will be providing an overview of Emera and his role in it, which includes the Maritime link project.

A second guest, Peter Baylis, Canada 150 Anthem Singer, will lead off the night’s events. Baylis has set a goal of singing the national anthem 150 times this year to celebrate Canada 150.

Tickets for the event are $46 (including HST). Anyone interested in obtaining tickets can contact Kevin Quinlan at 902-895-2813, or visit the Rotary Club website at http://rotarycluboftruro.ca/event/charter-night-at-the-glengarry/  .

Roger Ryan

Born and raised in Truro he graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

Following graduation he joined his father, Jack Ryan, in the family owned grocery business, Ryan’s IGA, which was started by his grandfather, L. A. Ryan, in the early 1900s.

Ryan purchased the grocery store from his father in 1976 and the real estate (which housed the grocery store) in 1979. Over the next 30 years he developed the real estate business with the purchase of several other commercial buildings in Truro.

For many years Ryan’s IGA sponsored numerous school and community sports teams and their tournaments.

He has also been involved in many other community and church groups and organizations in the area and once served three years as town councillor.

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