Each year, Rotary Clubs around the world recognize distinguished leaders within their community by awarding them the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. “This award is the most prestigious award Rotary offers to members of our club and our community,” says Tamara Coleman-Lawrie, president of the local Rotary club, “it is truly an honour to be nominated and to receive this award.”
Each year, Rotary Clubs around the world recognize distinguished leaders within their community by awarding them the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. “This award is the most prestigious award Rotary offers to members of our club and our community,” says Tamara Coleman-Lawrie, president of the local Rotary club, “it is truly an honour to be nominated and to receive this award.”
 
Only those community members who have made a tremendous contribution to the community are considered for recognition. For 2016/2017, the Rotary Club of Welland is pleased to announce that Bunny (Bernice) Alexander, instrumental healthcare leader and volunteer and Kenneth (Kenny) Gwena, cultural community volunteer and leader will be recognized for their tremendous contributions to our community.
 
Bunny, a Welland native, has spent her life in the service of local health care improvements and was employed with the Niagara Health System during the amalgamation. She lent her skills and expertise to improve employee and leadership development as well as recruitment, recognition and resources for students and volunteers.
 
Kenneth, arrived with his family to Welland in 2005. He emerged as a leader within the Zimbabwean group counsel program and volunteered many nights and weekends in Welland, Toronto and the USA. Kenny started a group (ZIONA) to promote Zimbabwean scholars, students, entrepreneurs and tradespersons. He is a published writer and poet, trainer and sought after speaker on topics such as multiculturalism and race relations. He volunteers many hours to help people in the community, conducts advocacy work and plays music.