Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
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Dr. Lawson Drake Dr. Lawson Drake is the recipient of the annual Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Mentor Award.  On many fronts, Dr. Lawson Drake is a worthy recipient of the Mentor Award.  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. -Return to top- ______________________________________________

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Mentor Award

This award is presented in the fall of each year.  To nominate someone for the 2017-18 award, click here. 
The committees that come under Vocational Service include: Vocational Awareness and Mentor Award - Chairperson: David Hooley Vocational Awards, including the Holland College Business Plan Awards and the Harry MacLauchlan Award for Vocational Excellence

Vocational Services

The purpose of Vocational Service is to promote excellence in

vocations and to assist local people to get a start in business.

Mentor Award

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. He or she has been a significant influence on the lives of others by the commitment they have demonstrated to their profession over the years. See the Mentor Award Page to nominate someone for this annual award.

2016-17 Mentor Award

The 2016-17 award was presented to Dr. Lawson Drake, Mentor to UPEI Students & Faculty See the writeup in the Charlottetown Guardian about the award.

Vocational Awards

Holland College Business Plan Awards Students from the Holland College Business Program complete a business plan as part of the academic requirements. The students have the option of completing the plan individually or in groups of two or three. The business plan is worked on throughout the year and undergoes several rewrites. Some of the students show great initiative and go the extra mile by creating a logo/business cards, extra graphics, strong supporting documents, marketing layout, etc. A committee comprised of Holland College staff and members of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty read the "top quality plans" to determine who really stepped up to the plate and put in that extra effort. Each year the committee reviews and selects the top three business plans. These students receive recognition for their business plans at a meeting of the Rotary club. We would like to thank Cam Beck and Shaun Patterson at Holland College for their support to the Business students. 2016-17 Business Plan Award Winners:
First Place – Honey From the Hill, Nancy AlRabadi & Tara Maddix Second Place – Simple Feast Catering, Jeremie Arsenault, Jay Oram, Kalie Mackinnon, Morgan Boyd Third Place – Lyttle Delights, Makayla White, Vikki Lyttle, Keith Nabuurs and Jessika Weir

Harry MacLauchlan Award of Vocational Excellence

.Each year the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty honours one of its own members with the Harry MacLauchlan Award of Vocational Excellence. This award is presented to a club member, based on the criteria of: Adheres and promotes the highest ethical standards in their occupation Considers their vocation an opportunity to serve Contributes their vocational talents to addressing the needs of the community Offers his or her talents to provide opportunities for young people Improves the quality of life in their community Abides by the principles of the Rotary 4-Way Test in their daily business dealings The late Harry MacLauchlan was a local business man and member of our Rotary club who exemplified the ideals of Rotary. For information on the most recent recipient of this award, click here. -Return to top-
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
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Dr. Lawson Drake Dr. Lawson Drake is the recipient of the annual Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Mentor Award.  On many fronts, Dr. Lawson Drake is a worthy recipient of the Mentor Award.  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. -Return to top- ______________________________________________

Vocational Services

Mentor Award